Camping rules eased in our regional parks
Regional park camping rules are changing in recognition of growing numbers of freedom-camping tourists and New Zealanders holidaying in the campsites.
Stays at Kaitoke and Battle Hill are restricted to one week at a time, but many families like to camp there for longer.
The Dry Creek site near Haywards has become more popular with campervanners.
Wellington Regional Council plans to change the restriction to 40 days in any calendar year at the three sites.
It also plans to remove a designated camping area from Belmont Regional Park’s Stratton St entrance. The site is rarely used, but has become the focal point of mountainbiking activity in the park.
The council’s environment committee approved the changes on March 30.
Council parks manager Amanda Cox said the 40-day limit would not be difficult to police because the ranger knew most of the regulars.
‘‘Most of the people who come are from the local area,’’ she said.
The limit was aimed at people who set up long-term campsites, staying for a week.
The rules would allow the grass to be better protected.
Boyet Labilles was relaxing at his Kaitoke campsite on Boxing Day.