Travelers to New Zealand can use a convenient site to find resources to become responsible campers, with the relaunch of the freedom camping website of the tourism industry Aotearoa.
Designed as a & # 39; one-stop-shop & # 39; For travelers to New Zealand, the newly redesigned site freedomcamping.org explains what is classified as freedom camping, where travelers can camp depending on their mode of travel, and rules, regulations and good practice on waste, waste and water use.
Visitors to the site can search for campsites by region and are encouraged to download Campermate and Camping NZ apps to ensure they are prepared on the move.
The re-launch of the website coincides with the announcement by the government of a $ 8.5 million financing for freedom camping and the previous report from the Responsible Camping Working Group. The report contained the recommendations of the Group for the management of freedom camping in New Zealand, including legislative evaluations and a marketing campaign.
TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts, a industry representative in the workgroup, says the improved website is a valuable investment to ensure that New Zealand visitors know how to be respectful and secure while traveling and camping.
"Campers are an important sector in the New Zealand tourist industry, they travel a lot through the country, tend to stay long and spend money on a wide range of goods and services. Those who choose to camp will likely also commercial options such as holiday parks during their visit.
"We have every interest in ensuring that they are well equipped to enjoy the classic Kiwi camping experience, respecting our natural environment and our host community." Rebooting the website is a step towards managing freedom camping in a way that benefits everyone. "
The camping website is an initiative of the Responsible Camping Forum, which consists of representatives from the tourism industry and the local and central government, and produced in collaboration with the Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust (TINZT).
"We look forward to continuing to ensure that New Zealanders and our international visitors can still choose to camp as a unique Kiwi way to experience our country."
The freedom-camping website of TIA can be found at freedomcamping.org