Auckland Council is conducting a two-month pilot 'dispersal' programme from February to April that could see freedom campers encouraged to spread out over 27 locations across the city, rather than crowd into a few well-known hot spots.
Local boards help select camping sites
The pilot sites have been selected following extensive consultation with local boards, resulting in seven of the city's 21 local boards participating. Puketāpapa Local Board is offering Margaret Griffen Park in Lynfield for the pilot. This park has a history of freedom camping.
“We want to be welcoming hosts to our visitors," says Councillor Cooper. "Campers bring an estimated $1.2 million a month into our economy over summer."
"However, the influx of freedom campers into hotspot areas – particularly in north-eastern coastal and inner-city locations – is creating problems."