Not just poop

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A so­cial me­dia move­ment aim­ing at young free­dom campers is prov­ing suc­cess­ful in its first month. The Cam­pNZ Face­book page has gained al­most 10,000 fol­low­ers, who are given in­for­ma­tion on lo­cal rules and camp­ing eti­quette. The cam­paign is be­ing mounted by the Re­spon­si­ble Camp­ing Fo­rum, which is funded by a dozen mem­bers. It tar­gets 18 to 35 year olds trav­el­ling in pri­vate­ly­owned and rented ve­hi­cles. Although the ma­jor rental ve­hi­cle op­er­a­tors pro­vide camp­ing in­for­ma­tion to their clients, pro­vid­ing pri­vate ve­hi­cle own­ers How­ever we have heard of some rental com­pa­nies of­fer­ing a 200 re­fund if the toi­lets are not used. Which shows that some com­pa­nies are not 100% be­hind the ida of com­pli­ance. Tourism In­dus­try Aotearoa ad­vo­cacy man­ager Steve Han­ra­han says, ‘The so­cial me­dia cam­paign has tapped into a need for this type of com­mu­nity and in­for­ma­tion, and it’s in­cred­i­ble to see the mo­men­tum so far,’ he says. An In­sta­gram ac­count, Camp­ingNZ, has also been set up as part of the cam­paign with the next stage aim­ing to in­crease the fol­low­ers to this page. ‘Although there are still some hotspots where more work is needed to en­sure. Keep New Zealand pure - and know where to “go!” Non self-con­tained ve­hi­cles can only camp in des­ig­nated sites. AA has a great quick guide to fa­cil­i­ties around the coun­try: http://maps.aa.co.nz/browse/ameni­ties/pub­lic+toi­lets

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