Hub services are not returning to the camp site beside the Red Bridge near Luggate this year.
A Queenstown Lakes District Council spokesman said although a daytime service hub was returning to the same site near Ballantyne Rd as last year, the Red Bridge site was not one of the service hubs for the 2019-20 season.
However, certified self-contained vehicles that had toilets on board would be able to camp overnight at the Red Bridge site.
“The Red Bridge site is able to be used by campers as, under our present bylaw, a certified self-contained vehicle can camp in that area overnight.
“However, we will not be promoting that fact, or providing the hub services that we did last year,” he said.’
One toilet would remain at the Red Bridge site and council parks service delivery manager Clare Tomkins said there would be an increase in monitoring and education efforts across the region.
“We’re increasing the number of ambassadors across the district during peak season, and we’ll also have a greater number of freedom camping officers,” Ms Tomkins said.
“Simply put, we’ll have more boots on the ground helping to support responsible camping, covering a greater area than we’ve been able to previously.”
Luggate Community Association chairman Graeme Perkins said they were worried some freedom campers might go back to “parking and pooing in the bushes” if there were fewer facilities available at the Red Bridge site.
“The freedom camping hub here at Luggate was working abundantly well last year.”
People continued to use the site throughout winter, Mr Perkins said.
“The numbers are down but there are still vans pulling in there every night.”