From tomorrow the only place non-certified self-contained vehicles will be legally allowed to park overnight will be in a dedicated area 400m south of the Marine Parade Pump Track. The area has an amenities block that has a safe drinking water supply, plus two unisex toilets.
Existing freedom camping areas will only be available to certified self-contained vehicles and all the sites will be monitored to make sure all visitors are complying with the rules.
Napier City Council adopted the Napier City Freedom Camping Bylaw 2014 Amendment incorporating these changes at a meeting last month, effective from tomorrow (Wednesday 9 December). It followed on from a regulatory committee hearing of submissions on the review of the Council’s freedom camping bylaw in October.
Napier City Council Planning Manager, Richard Munneke, believed the bylaw amendment would go some way towards addressing issues which had arisen since the bylaw was introduced last year.
“We still want independent holidaymakers travelling in vehicles to come to Napier and have an enjoyable experience.”
The existing car park can be used by local residents as well as travellers.