No crush of campervans for Queenstown

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If Queenstown Lakes District Council is correct, no hordes of Rugby World Cup campervanners are heading this way. 

“With Rugby World Cup, the council has been monitoring forward bookings for campgrounds and bookings for campervans crossing Cook Strait and there is little indication at this time that there will be a significant increase in campervan traffic,” QLDC community services boss Paul Wilson reported to a council committee meeting this week. 

Wilson has a Plan B lined up just in case “an influx develops”, however. |

If all campgrounds suddenly fill up, including the old Queenstown Motor Park in Man Street and the big Twelve Mile Delta off Glenorchy Road, then Arrowtown’s Jack Reid Park will be pressed into action as the “primary overflow site”. 

Wilson also assures councillors that anti-freedom camping fines won’t be issued to RWC campervanners forced to park up illegally if legitimate sites are full – not that there sounds to be much risk of that. 

The community services boss also reveals plans for a type of Dad’s Army to enforce the new anti-freedom camping legislation. 

Community wardens will be nominated from “a number of small communities” to police local streets. 

“They will receive training…and an honorarium to cover vehicle expenses,” Wilson reports. 

Ordinary members of the public will be able to dob in freedom campers overnighting where they shouldn’t as well, he says – by email, phone, fax and hopefully text. 

QLDC regulatory arm Lakes Environmental will have wardens patrolling early each morning, with council gardening and street-cleaning staff also on the lookout for freedom campers.