A nationwide summer campaign has been launched urging campervan tourists to stay at places that have toilet facilities -- in an effort to prevent the growing problem of human waste dumping at the country's scenic spots.
Posters and vehicle stickers have been sent to 300 holiday parks, 32 campervan operators, 27 Department of Conservation visitor centres, 89 i-SITEs, 54 youth hostels, 78 councils and seven international airports, urging campers to stay at places that have toilet facilities if their vehicle does not have a self-contained toilet.
Cook Strait ferry operators Interislander and Bluebridge are also getting in on the act, and will be distributing 15,000 leaflets to passengers driving campervans and similar vehicles.
Tourism Industry Association advocacy manager Geoff Ensor said the New Zealand Freedom Camping Forum had received support for the campaign from the Government, councils, communities, rental vehicle companies and other interested parties.
Local Government New Zealand was also making progress developing legislation for a national instant fine system that councils will be able to use to better enforce freedom camping rules in their areas, he said.
More than 20 councils have indicated they will support the legislation.