Negotiations are continuing with a preferred party over
leasing the Queenstown Lakes district's four main camping
grounds but arrangements have not been finalised and there is
no announcement yet, , the council's chief executive Adam
The council was ''still trying to get our final people over
the line'', Mr Feeley said.
''But we are still heading in the right direction and that's
as much as I can say at the moment.''
He said the council was looking at outsourcing the management
of the camping grounds ''not at this stage ... the camp
grounds per se''.
Following a review of its role in the operation of its
camping grounds, the council amended its policy so that it
could no longer run camping grounds which competed with the
private sector or required significant subsidies from
The council then called for expressions of interest for
private provision of its camping facilities at Queenstown,
Wanaka, Arrowtown and Glendhu Bay.
About 10 expressions of interest were received and last week
the Otago Daily Times reported the council was
negotiating with two parties but one was preferred.
Statistics from the Holiday Park Association show the holiday
park sector provides 38% of New Zealand's commercial
accommodation capacity and in the past year holiday parks
provided 6,325,431 guest nights.
While staying at holiday parks, guests, most of whom are
domestic, contribute $733 million in direct expenditure to
the local communities.