A sign at Ocean View Recreation Reserve. Photo by ODT.
A trial of a new freedom camping policy at three sites
around Dunedin, including the Ocean View Recreation Reserve, is
also attracting tenters at the latter.
Community boards in the trial area were this month asked by
the council how they thought the trial was going.
Saddle Hill Community Board chairman Scott Weatherall said
since the reserve had become a trial site it had become very
popular and the car park was at its maximum.
On one day he had seen a dozen campervans, eight
stationwagons and two tents sited there.
The sign which said a maximum of five campervans were allowed
at any one time had been used to dry washing, Mr Weatherall
said, and tents were pitched in the reserve about four days a
Dunedin City Council parks manager Lisa Wheeler said the
council would move tents on if there was a complaint or any
concerns about the activity. However, board member Keith
McFadyen said he fully supported campers who pitched a tent.
''I think it's fantastic.''
A family struggling financially should be allowed to camp and
not have to pay the expensive fees at a camping ground, he
Councillor representative Cr Andrew Whiley disagreed.
''Freedom camping to me is in a vehicle - it's not tents.''
It was agreed the situation should remain as it was, with
council staff ready to move tents on if a complaint was made.
The board would monitor the site and regularly report to