Book early because there will be no ‘pay-on-the-day’ system this year
From Auckland Council
Auckland campsites filling up for summer
Aucklanders have an abundance of summer holiday riches on their doorstep and none are more affordable than camping at one of the 44 council campgrounds available at the city’s 26 regional parks. However, one councillor warns locals to book early because there will be no ‘pay-on-the-day’ system this year.
Councillor Christine Fletcher, Chair of the Parks and Recreational Services Committee, urges Auckland residents and visitors alike to enjoy the outdoors this summer, no matter what their budget is.
“You don’t need to travel away to enjoy perfect scenery, pristine beaches and a wide range of free and almost-free leisure activities,” she says, “There’s no better place in the world than Auckland in summer, but you must book to secure your spot.”
“Our 26 regional parks boast 128 kilometres of coastline, 500 kilometres of walking tracks for all ages and abilities, 44 campgrounds and 21 bach escapes. All are within easy reach of the city and camping prices start at $4 for children and $8 for adults,” says Cr Fletcher.
Council’s Regional Parks Manager Richard Hollier advises that, unlike previous years, this summer there will be no cash payments available at the parks.
“Campers are advised to call council on 09 301 0101 between 8.00am and 7.00pm Monday to Sunday to book sites in advance,” he says.
Different parks also offer orienteering routes, abseiling and kayaking facilities, mountain biking tracks and horse riding trails across spectacular natural scenery.
Some regional parks offer traditional kiwi ‘back-to-basics’ unspoilt environments and some are quite polished, with cottages, lodges and baches for rent. Across the region, the campgrounds cater for campers, glampers and campervanners.
The region is also home to Te Ara Moana, ‘the sea-going pathway,’ a self-guided five-day sea kayak tour along approximately 51km of Auckland’s picturesque south eastern coastline connecting five regional parks. Te Ara Moana can be traversed in short sections or over the whole five days.
Most regional parks are home to healthy populations of native birds and other forest creatures, so pets are not generally permitted, except for registered aid dogs.
More information about Auckland’s many regional parks and campground facilities is available on the Auckland Council website www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.
So make sure you book now?