Camping hub at Whitechapel

Early next month QLDC’s Whitechapel Flat Recreation Reserve (on Whitechapel Road near Arrow Junction) will become the site of a free camping hub. Only certified self-contained campervans will be allowed to use the site, and the maximum stay will be two nights. Toilets, rubbish and recycling stations will be installed and “camping ambassadors” will monitor the sites and educate campers on where and how to camp responsibly.

This is part of a project led by QLDC and involving NZTA, DOC and LINZ that will run until the end of March. The project, which is funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, aims to promote responsible camping across the district this summer. Key aims are:

  • reduction of perceived and actual issues from freedom camping
  • increased self-compliance
  • positive visitor and community experience
  • enable responsible camping seen
  • reduction in contamination of our district.

Further measures as part of the project include:

  • a Queenstown service hub with a maximum 2 hour stay, operating 8 am to 8 pm, providing toilets, rubbish disposal, showers, dump station and wifi.
  • increased monitoring and enforcement
  • new leaflet distributed within and outside the district to educate campers
  • Real-time maps and updates through a joint venture with the Campermate app.

Last week Whitechapel residents received notification of the camping hub being put in; this Thursday 25 October the Arrowtown Village Association committee will be discussing what position to take on the subject. If you’d like to make your views known, email chairperson@arrowtownvillage.nz or comment on the post on our Facebook page.