Te Kuiti - a Motorhome Friendly Town

The development of the motorhome facility at Brook Park in Te Kuiti started in late 2018. The facility provides 10 parking spaces within a secure site for campers to park and sleep in safety. Visitors can book and pay online for a site, and get access to toilets, showers, laundry, cooking amenities, and recycling facilities.

Background

Council signalled the development of a Holiday Park in its 2015-25 LTP subject to further investigation.  

In the strategic considerations discussions as part of the development of the draft Exceptions Annual Plan 2017/2018, Council confirmed it wished to pursue the proposal, subject to development of a business case.

A Feasibility Study was carried out during 2016 to assess the concept proposal, and also the level of demand for a proposed camping facility in Te Kuiti to serve the northern Waitomo District.  This study demonstrated that at the time there was likely to be sufficient demand for Council to proceed with discussions around establishing a facility at Brook Park, Te Kuiti.

Since then, the Government announced that funding was available to address issues related to growth in tourism and in particular to mitigate the costs of freedom camping on communities. WDC made a funding application to Ministry Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) for a cooking and ablution block facility for the proposed motorhome facility development at Brook Park, Te Kuiti and was successful in obtaining a grant of $200,000. This is a significant win for WDC.

The development of the site had to be fast-tracked into a fully operational facility for the 2018/19 peak tourist season, as a condition of the grant. A dump station was incorporated in the build in order to be recognised as a Motorhome friendly district. The NZ Motorhome Association (NZMCA) supports the development and has provided a grant of $7,220 to fund a new dump station.

Council aims to provide a better experience for visitors to our district and to manage the growing demands that tourist activity has on our core infrastructure and environment.  The visitor industry is a significant contributor to the local economy and providing a quality motorhome facility will attract visitors to our District.

Construction work was completed in mid-December 2018, and the Te Kuiti Holiday Park was officially opened on 16 April 2019. Te Kuiti became the New Zealand Motorhome Caravan Association's (NZMCA) 53rd Motorhome Friendly Town.

Mayor Brian Hanna was presented with the Te Kuiti Motorhome Friendly Town certificate and signs, by NZMCA Waikato Chairman Michael Cullen. This was followed by an official opening of the Te Kuiti Holiday Park on Te Kumi Road.

WDC would like to acknowledge everyone who contributed to the success of this project including Chris Wagner of KiwiCamp, Inframax Construction Limited, WDC staff members and contractors. 

For more information please contact Waitomo District Council on 0800 932 4357, or send us an email info@waitomo.govt.nz.

Waitomo District Mayor Brian Hanna and NZMCA Waikato Chairman Michael Cullen

NZMCA members celebrate the official opening of Te Kuiti's Holiday Park

Te Kuiti - a Motorhome Friendly Town