Technology pilots to support responsible camping this summer

Published: 29 November 2019

Technology will play a part in managing responsible camping this summer, the government has announced.

Three technology pilots bring together the projects that the Responsible Camping Working Group and councils have done in readiness for summer.

The technology pilots are:

  • The new Ambassador App for responsible camping ambassadors employed by local councils. Ambassadors will be able to record the number of vehicles at sites which can be used for reporting purposes. The app will also provide ambassadors with information for campers in an emergency, along with local weather updates.
  • A new zoning pilot for Kaikōura District. The Kaikōura District Council area has been mapped into different zones to show campers where they can and can’t camp. This information will be available to campers on the CamperMate app when they enter the District.
  • An expanded pilot of AI solar-powered cameras. The cameras will monitor capacity at a minimum of 10 camping sites. Campers using the CamperMate app will see whether a site has space or not.

MBIE has also sponsored free access to the self-contained vehicle Standard so local councils as well as motorhome, campervan and caravan owners and people who do fit-outs of self-contained vehicles know what’s required for a vehicle to be certified as a self-contained vehicle.

The Standard is available to download for free, saving users around $70.

Download from the Standards New Zealand website(external link)

MBIE is also commissioning research to understand the number, profile and value of New Zealanders and international visitors who freedom-camp this summer.

Tourism New Zealand’s education campaign from last year has also been expanded.

More information about responsible camping project funding

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