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New Zealand: Freedom camping bylaws having big impact

(Jan. 11, 2017) -- Tough new bylaws appear to have significantly curbed freedom camping issues in tourist hot spots around South Canterbury and North Otago.

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Tough new bylaws appear to have significantly curbed freedom camping issues in tourist hot spots around South Canterbury and North Otago.

A handful of infringement notices have been handed out in the Mackenzie District this summer, with locals saying many of last year’s problems have largely been resolved.

The Mackenzie District Council passed its Responsible (Freedom) Camping Bylaw in August 2016, in response to widespread complaints about freedom campers littering, defecating in public areas, and camping illegally.

Read the full story by The Timaru Herald.

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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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