Six freedom camping sites are proposed for Mangakino – and councillor Kirsty Trueman says the town welcomes campervan visitors.
These six proposed sites include one near Mangakino township, two sites near Mangakino boat ramp, one at Whakamaru Recreation Reserve and two sites at Whakamaru Domain. Five of the six have a public toilet. ‘‘We’ve put those sites where there are toilets, where people want to be, and where they currently are,’’ Trueman said.
One of the sites is for self-contained campers only, while five are for all types of freedom campers.
Trueman, the Mangakino-Pouakani Ward councillor, said the town saw a lot of self-contained campervans.
Mangakino residents hadn’t told her of negative experiences, she said.
‘‘If there were instances of negative experiences, my opinion might change but at this stage, it just seems happy, vibey, and it adds to the vibrancy of the waterfront.’’
In recent years, it appeared a greater number of Mangakino homes were being sold to retirees and to motorhome owners, Trueman said.
‘‘It’s a good base for anyone wanting a campervan lifestyle,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s very central and they’ve got a nice place with plenty of parking when they come back.’’
A proposed freedom camping area on the edge of Lake Maraetai.