Man­gakino pro-camper

Taupo Times - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ROBERT STEVEN

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.

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