Freedom campers have breakfast at the Macandrew Bay last
week. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery
Freedom campers have found Macandrew Bay is not a
Dunedin City Council parks manager Lisa Wheeler said the
council was taking a sterner approach to those flouting the
rules related to freedom camping after hearing the concerns
of Macandrew Bay residents.
In response to the residents' concerns about campers'
behaviour, the council erected more signs last week and
security patrols were visiting the site four times a week to
give campers information brochures and move them if allocated
spaces were full, she said.
''It's my understanding we are getting a good success rate
It was reported in the Otago Daily Times earlier this
month that residents said the number of campers' vehicles
meant motorists' views were obscured, school buses had to
double-park and no parking space was left for people using
the community church and hall.
Residents also alleged campers were pitching tents in the
playground, using the public toilets for washing, leaving
food scraps and some were urinating and defecating in nearby
Up to five non self-contained vehicles are allowed to park
overnight at designated areas in Macandrew Bay, Ocean View
However, between eight and 20 vehicles were parking at
Macandrew Bay every night before stronger measures were
taken, Mrs Wheeler said.
Otago Peninsula Community Board chairwoman Christine Garey
said the measures had ''taken the heat out of the
''It seems to have assisted the situation, but also ... we
have had a number of calls [from residents] who are very
positive about the visitors being there,'' she said.
''We want people to know visitors are welcome in Macandrew
Mrs Wheeler said there had been an improvement in the number
of vehicles using the site and the associated demands on
services since the signs went up.
''The last four or five nights has shown quite a change, so
now it's just a case of seeing if that's going to continue.''
Fines could be issued if behaviour deteriorated or people
flouted rules regarding the number of vehicles at the sites
and how long they stayed, she said.