But there were no plans to introduce enforcement of freedom camping areas yet, ``given that discussions about future options are still ongoing and that the strategy is still in its early stages. At present the council has only a freedom camping policy, not a bylaw. He now thought a freedom camping bylaw was needed, but said more education for visiting campers was also needed. New Zealanders assumed tourists would know what behaviour and freedom camping was acceptable, but many visitors genuinely did not know that, and needed clear guidelines. District council staff would now prepare reports on a possible freedom camping bylaw to present to councillors, and the issue would hopefully be discussed around the council table within three months, he said.
Source: Otago Daily Times April 16, 2018 17:03 UTC