Auckland Council is developing a two-month freedom camping pilot programme, which aims to encourage freedom campers to spread out across the region.
The sites earmarked across Mahurangi for participation in the programme include Wellsford’s Centennial Park, Port Albert Recreation Reserve, Matheson Bay Reserve, Riverglade Lane Accessway and the wharf esplanade reserve in Matakana, Parry Kauri Park in Warkworth, and Sunrise Boulevard, Dawsons Landing and Sunburst Reserve in Snells Beach.
The pilot sites were selected following consultation with local boards, stakeholders and community groups. Council’s policy and bylaws manager Mike Sinclair says results from the pilot scheme will help develop policy and regulations around freedom camping.
“A key aim of the pilot is to reduce the impact of freedom campers on parks, beaches and amenities. Throughout the trial, Council officers will be ensuring that the sites are kept well maintained and tidy,” Mr Sinclair says.
Council is awaiting final approval from local boards before implementing the programme.