As domestic travel in New Zealand gets a boost with the easing of Covid-19 restrictions, NPDC is gearing up to make New Plymouth a destination city for Kiwi motorhomers.
New Plymouth has now received the official seal of approval from the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) which has accepted it into the Motorhome Friendly Town scheme.
New Plymouth District Mayor Neil Holdom says its great news. “We’re looking forward to warmly welcoming motorhome users – potentially a multi-million-dollar market - to our wonderful corner of Aotearoa. This year we’ve seen a record 150,000 visitors enjoying the TSB Festival of Lights and there’s a huge amount for visitors to do from exploring our Mounga to visits to Pukekura Park and our iconic Coastal Walkway. This accreditation from the NZMCA recognises the work we do with our council-controlled organisation Venture Taranaki to make our region a must-visit destination for Kiwis and is another example of how we’re Building a Lifestyle Capital.”
Destinations have to meet certain criteria to be accredited as Motorhome Friendly, such as having a compliant Freedom Camping Bylaw and providing access to rubbish/recycling and drinking water facilities. The final development New Plymouth needed was a motorhome dump station on public land which is opening soon on Rifle Range Road in Waiwhakaiho, thanks to the support of the local community in that area.