Tuesday, December 19, 2017
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Holiday Parks & Camping

Holiday parks still taking bookings for summer

New Zealand’s holiday parks are more popular than ever but Kiwi holidaymakers should still be able to find room in all but the most popular destinations.

Queenstown clamps down on freedom campers

Queenstown is clamping down on badly behaved freedom campers by doubling patrols and restricting access to the popular Lake Hayes.  

DOC bans freedom camping at Taupō sites

The Department of Conservation has banned freedom camping at three Taupō sites citing tourism growth and the rise in non-self-contained vehicles using them.

Top 10 Holiday Park excels in local tourism

Top 10 Holiday Park at Hot Water Beach has been recognised for its major contribution to tourism and hospitality on the Coromandel winning the tourism and hospitality section at the recent Hauraki Coromandel Business Award.

Mayor thwarted, frustrated by freedom campers

Queenstown Mayor Jim Boult says he has been left frustrated by van owners who have thwarted his plans to deal with "unacceptable and undesirable" freedom camping habits.

Report: Freedom campers offer unique opportunities

The typical freedom camper who visits the Selwyn district is German, under 30 years of age and in search of eco-tourism attractions.

World’s first Global Glamping Summit announced

The first ever Global Glamping Summit will take place in Denver, Colorado, on the 24th and 25th of April, 2018.

HAPNZ: Social, digital channels crucial in inspiring visitors

The crucial role played by social media and digital marketing to encourage visitors to your holiday park has been underlined by new Australian research.

HAPNZ: Cornelissen replaced by Aflallo as president

Holiday Parks New Zealand has elected David Aflallo as its new president to take over the role from Lisa Cornelissen.

HAPNZ: NZ warned of structural shift sweeping Australian sector

New Zealand holiday park franchise co-ops could be in for a tough time if the sector experiences the same structural changes that have swept Australia.

Rotorua holiday park wins top hospitality award

It’s fourth time lucky for Rotorua’s All Seasons Holiday Park which has won the prestigious 2017 Spirit of Hospitality Award sponsored by AA Traveller.

Bennett: Addressing freedom camping concerns

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett has moved to address concerns from holiday park owners about proposed freedom camping rules and future infrastructure.

Holiday Parks conference kicks off in Dunedin

The annual Holiday Parks Association New Zealand kicks off in earnest today in Dunedin with around 230 delegates set to attend the event.

Freedom camping crackdown in National Party tourism policy

The National Party has promised to introduce new rules to crack down on freedom camping if it is re-elected.

Kiwi Holiday Parks rebrands to reflect “evolution”

Kiwi Holiday Parks is getting a new name to reflect the evolution of their parks and the wider range of accommodation types on offer.

New freedom camping bylaw to be developed

Auckland Council is to develop a new region-wide bylaw to manage the demands caused by the growth of freedom camping across Auckland.

Lake Taupo Holiday Resort leaves TOP10

PRESS RELEASE: Lake Taupo Holiday Resort Trish and Lloyd Lusty, who have been under the TOP10 umbrella for many years, have left the group to strike out on their own. “We are ready to stand on...

Cascade Creek campsite ready for summer

The Department of Conservation is prepped for another busy season on the Milford Road with upgrades to the popular Cascade Creek campsite almost complete.

An Operator’s View: Rotorua’s Jasmine Adams

Following her inaugural Holiday Parks’ Emerging Star Award, Rotorua TOP 10 operator Jasmine Adams tells the Ticker about her work outside of the business, drawing inspiration from others in the industry, and being nominated this week for a NZ Tourism Award.

Hospitality efforts win recognition for holiday parks

Five holiday parks that go the extra mile to create a special experience for their guests are finalists in the 2017 Spirit of Hospitality Award sponsored by AA Traveller.

Alexandra Park rolls out the red carpet

Alexandra Park will again be a popular choice for Lions fans as an official pop-up campervan site for the third All Blacks vs The British & Irish Lions Test.

Lions lift for holiday park jobs

Expectations of a roaring trade during the Lions Tour have contributed to more jobs in holiday parks this winter, Holiday Parks New Zealand (HAPNZ) says.

No excuse for illegal camping

With Auckland expecting 34,000 visitors for the upcoming All Blacks vs The British & Irish Lions Test matches, Alexandra Park is reporting solid bookings from fans as an official pop-up campervan site.

Fed Farmers: What about the damage wreaked by tourists?

Waikato Federated Farmers president Andrew McGiven hits back at criticism his industry is not doing enough to protect the environment and he takes particular aim at the Tourism Export Council.

Lions purr in heartland Kiwi accommodation

British and Irish Lions rugby fans are using a popular camping app to rest up in rural New Zealand.

April Easter boosts holiday parks

April Easter helped boost guest nights for the month with holiday parks the biggest beneficiaries.  

Rotorua operator wins inaugural Holiday Parks award

Jasmine Adams of the Rotorua TOP 10 Holiday Park has won the inaugural Holiday Parks’ Emerging Star Award for holiday park professionals under the age of 35.

Community’s views to be sought on freedom camping

The Dunedin City Council will seek the community’s views on issues related to freedom camping.

Good information key to managing freedom camping behaviour

Ensuring travellers continue to get plenty of good information on freedom camping rules and etiquette will be a priority for next summer.

Net zero energy camp manager appointed

Peter Kerr has been appointed Manager of Camp Glenorchy, a new residential tourist destination for meetings and retreats, school trips, family celebrations, and friends who share a love of the great outdoors.

Alexandra the great new option for Lions campervanners

Auckland’s ability to host an army of camper van-driving British and Irish Lions rugby fans at temporary campgrounds next month has just been boosted with at least 200 new sites now available at the region’s famed trotting venue Alexandra Park.

Bright future for South Brighton Motor Camp

The Christchurch City Council has signed an 11-year land lease agreement, securing a bright future for the earthquake-damaged South Brighton Motor Camp.

Social media connects with freedom campers

A social media campaign targeting young freedom campers has been an outstanding success, attracting 2.4 million views over the summer.

Fragmentation drives 3-way split at TOP 10 Holiday Parks

A fragmenting tourist market and increased complexity has driven a three-way branding split of TOP 10 Holiday Parks.

Targeted accommodation rate compromise – still flawed

Talk of a compromise targeted accommodation rate that excludes camping grounds, backpackers and motels on the fringe of the city is underway at Council but not in a way that includes the tourism industry and business and may result in a response that is flawed and potentially illegal.

Holiday parks plough $1bn into economy

Total annual spend by holiday park visitors has broken through the $1bn mark despite a drop in daily expenditure. Visitors staying at New Zealand holiday parks contributed a total of $1.07bn annually, split between $490m...

Holiday parks join predator free effort

Hundreds of holiday parks in some of New Zealand’s most beautiful locations may soon be free of rats, stoats and possums.

Light-hearted video tackles serious topic

Lake Wanaka Tourism is launching a series of light-hearted educational videos, which aim to deliver some important messages to travellers visiting the region.

New campervan park in time for World Masters Games

A new short-term campervan park at Ellerslie Racecourse has been given the green light, opening up some additional accommodation options in time for World Masters Games 2017 and the DHL New Zealand Lions series.

Auckland tackles freedom camping issue

A bumper tourism season is increasing tensions between freedom campers and locals in Auckland, prompting new moves to see if the conflicting needs of freedom campers and local residents can peacefully co-exist.

Tasman council blocks vehicles from freedom camping area

The Tasman District Council will install gates and a gravel bund to block vehicle access to the informal Reilly Street freedom camping area, in response to concerns about pollution, noise and public safety.

Call for greater tourism funding for communities welcomed

Federated Farmers adding its voice to the call for more central government funding for tourism infrastructure is welcomed by Local Government New Zealand.

Social media campaign reaches freedom campers

A social media campaign targeting young freedom campers is proving highly successful in its first month.
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