A new digital map is the latest online innovation to provide tourists with information about camping grounds, public toilets and dump stations throughout the Waitaki District in Otago.
The online map has ‘pins’ depicting locations of camping grounds, public toilets and dump stations – infrastructure that is essential for people travelling through the district and looking for places to visit.
While the map depicts both private and Council-owned camping grounds, it is also a useful tool for freedom campers, clearly demarcating areas where freedom camping is prohibited.
Regulatory Services Manager Lichelle Guyan says the map is multi-faceted and will provide very useful information for campers, including freedom campers.
“The map has been designed in such a way that it is very easy to follow. The pins are colour coded to depict whether they represent a camping ground (green), a dump station (red) or a public toilet (blue). People reading the map simply hover over a pin to know what it represents.”
The timing of the digital map becoming available is opportune as the weather improves and when tourists and visitors start travelling through the district.
“As the tourist season arrives and we start to see an increase in visitors, it’s important that this information is readily available, particularly for freedom campers. We want to make sure tourists have a good experience travelling in the Waitaki district, and providing this digital map will go some way to achieving this.”
“We’re fully aware of the attractions that Waitaki has to offer tourists and freedom campers. We have some spectacular scenery including incredible coastlines that tourists are drawn to. Two years ago we had very high numbers of freedom campers in places such as Campbell’s Bay, Kakanui which caused quite a lot of angst for local residents. The introduction of the Responsible Freedom Camping Bylaw has helped address some of this strain and the new digital map is another tool to help tourists enjoy their time in our district, knowing where to camp, and where public toilets and dump stations are located.”