Fair warning of camping fines

Di Turnbull. Photo: Mark Price
Di Turnbull. Photo: Mark Price
New signs are being installed along the Lake Hawea lakefront so freedom campers are left in no doubt about the consequences of camping illegally.

Lake Hawea freedom camping warden Di Turnbull said unlike existing signs, the new ones display the size of the fine freedom campers could incur.

Volunteer wardens patrol the Lake Hawea township daily over the summer and can impose instant fines.

Four signs have been provided by the Queenstown Lakes District Council and are being trialled.



A fine of $500-1,000 would be more of a deterrent and a cost recovery exercise than $200.