New managers have taken responsibility for the Department of
Conservation's (Doc) Twelve Mile Delta campground on the edge
of Lake Wakatipu.
The 6ha site, located a short drive from Queenstown, was
originally a small-scale self-registration spot. However,
recognising the potential of the location, the department
sought interest from private operators to develop and manage
The successful applicants were Glenn Tattersall and Tracy
Addison, who now have a long-term lease on the campground.
About 29,000 people stayed at Twelve Mile Delta last year.
Alongside the new campground contract, Doc has also made some
improvements in the wider reserve.
Conservation services manager John Roberts said Doc had
worked to enhance the visitor experience with plantings,
landscaping, new link tracks and better access to the
''We have been aware for a while that the delta has been
underutilised and wanted to improve this,'' he said.
''In the past the area had issues with noise, uncontrolled
vehicle access and damage to the landscape. Having on-site
campground managers will alleviate this.''
Mr Tattersall and Ms Addison said they were excited about the
opportunity and had already invested in new toilet blocks and
''Having supervised the 12 Mile Delta and Moke Lake camping
grounds on behalf of Doc for the last three years, with the
last two under the fantastic stewardship of our on-site
managers, we are looking forward to building on all the hard
work put in by Doc and ourselves to date by fully taking over
the management,'' Mr Tattersall said.
Any visitor can still access all parts of the Twelve Mile
Delta on foot but, as part of the works to improve on-site
safety, non-camping through traffic has been stopped in the
campground lease area.
The speed of vehicles, and the dust they create, has
previously caused concern in the camp. Public car parking for
day visitors is now concentrated on the foreshore of Lake
Wakatipu. Mr Tattersall said he wanted to remind visitors to
the campground their dogs were to be kept on a lead at all
A Twelve Mile Delta campground open day will be held from
3pm-7pm on March 13, with a sausage sizzle and staff
available to answer questions.