Most campers behave well during festivities

JACQUIE WEBBY
Last updated 05:00 01/01/2014
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CLEANING UP: Simon Fox, pictured at Parsons Rock, Lake Aviemore, cleans up some of the many bottles left behind at the Waitaki Valley campsite.

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Crowds at Waitaki lakes campsites have "for the most part" been well behaved with only a couple of groups moved on during the festive season.

Waitaki District camp supervisor Simon Fox said he moved a couple of groups on before New Year but generally, things were "pretty good".

"They were drinking late at night with loud music, so I have moved them on," he said.

"So far I haven't had to issue any trespass notices and everyone seems to be clearing up their litter. The possibility of getting a trespass notice seems to have made an impact."

Campsite visits by rural fire officers are also helping to educate holiday makers, says Mr Fox.

"Education is certainly paying off," he said.

"We had a [fire] call out earlier in the week for a camp fire, but it was a group from Timaru who didn't know the regulations. They were very apologetic."

The wet weather over Christmas had failed to dampen the holiday mood among the campers, Mr Fox said.

"They're just enjoying themselves and taking every day as it comes," he said.

Mr Fox's area includes Parsons Rock, the Boat Harbour, Loch Laird, Sailors Cutting and Lake Middleton.

In January last year, he served trespass notices on six youths, preventing them from staying at council-owned campsites on the Waitaki lakes.

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- The Timaru Herald

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