All roads will lead to the Otago-Taieri A&P Showgrounds
at Mosgiel next Easter, with more than 800 self-contained
camper vans heading to the Taieri for the New Zealand Motor
Caravan Association's National Easter Rally.
Rally organising committee treasurer Brian Wolff, of Sawyers
Bay, said the event came to the South Island once every four
years and was a major event in the camper van-motorhome
calendar each year.
It was most recently held in the South Island at
Christchurch, and at Cromwell before that.
About 1500 people were expected to head south in hundreds of
camper vans. Rally participants would take part in a full
four-day schedule, before being encouraged to spend a few
extra days in the region before heading home again, Mr Wolff
The committee was working with the Dunedin City Council to
try and establish a ''Motorhome Friendly Scheme'' for Dunedin
in time for the event. That would involve ensuring a set of
basic amenities were available at the site for the event,
including additional temporary parking and dumping stations.
The cost of the facilities would be met by the association,
but members wanted to keep council staff ''in the loop'', he
The council's revised freedom camping rules, introduced in
September, would be included in the discussions, but Mr Wolff
said he expected ''no issue'' for the event arising from
The rules allowed up to three self-contained camper vans -
those with toilets on board - to stay on sealed areas of
reserves and other public land for up to three nights. That
eased an earlier restriction, introduced in 2011, which
prevented more than two self-contained camper vans within 50m
of each other.
Those without toilets on board would also be able to stay in
one of three designated areas next to public toilets at
Macandrew Bay, Ocean View and Warrington reserve.
Mr Wolff said about 95% of the vehicles were self-contained.