Queens Reach is now closed to camping
Queens Reach Te Anau Free Camping Ground - photo courtesy of DOC
It’s a shame, but it’s true. The freedom camping site at Te Anau is closed until at least May 2013.
We checked it out with DOC. This is what they have to say about it...
Te Anau’s Queens Reach Recreation Reserve will be closed for overnight camping from Tuesday 23 October 2012. The site will remain open to day visitors.
Department of Conservation (DOC) Visitor Assets Manager Annie Wallace said DOC are really keen for the public to keep using the reserve, but users need to be aware that the site is no longer an option for overnight stays. DOC will be patrolling the area over the summer to make sure people wanting to stay overnight know where they can camp instead.
The reserve is very popular for walking, fishing and boating because of its proximity to Te Anau and its good river access.
Last summer, free camping was permitted at Queens Reach in order to reduce camping in non-designated areas around Te Anau. However, rather than catering for the overflow, the area had become a camping destination in itself which concerned commercial camping businesses and local recreational users. DOC responded to this public concern by making the site open to day visitors only.
DOC will be putting up more signage to make it clear no camping is allowed and vehicle access to the reserve will be closed off between 10pm and 8am daily until May next year.
Over the next few months, DOC will be upgrading the facilities available for day visitors, including establishing picnic tables and generally tidying the area.
The closure of Queens Reach to camping will be reviewed at the end of the season and the status of the site re-evaluated prior to the start of the 2013/14 summer season.
This information is from the Department of Conservation
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