The Department of Conservation (DOC) will employ a local security company to patrol the Moke Lake campground near Queenstown this summer.
Moke Lake provides excellent fishing, swimming, canoeing, walking, mountain biking and camping. DOC has recently installed new toilets and a cooking shelter to cater for the growing number of visitors.
Moke Lake camping area
“Moke Lake is a peaceful place for people to come and relax” says DOC Wakatipu Manager Greg Lind. “We would like to ensure everyone can enjoy the lake’s natural quiet and serenity,” says Mr Lind. “The patrols are in place to prevent large parties, noise control problems and disorderly behaviour.”
Mr Lind adds, “This is not a new issue and we will continue to address problems as they arise. In the past we have had parties going all night, various noise control issues and problems with vandalism. The security company will work alongside DOC and the police. If people refuse to co-operate, the police will be called and we will seek to prosecute people if necessary.
“While the area will be patrolled regularly, we also encourage people to contact either DOC or the police with any concerns.”
If anyone wishes to have a large private function at Moke Lake, they need to obtain a permit from the DOC Queenstown Office beforehand. DOC would also like to remind people that the use of generators is prohibited.
Access to the Moke Lake Recreation Reserve is 6km north of Queenstown along the Glenorchy Road. The lake is then another short drive up an access road that first passes through private property.
Nearly 5,000 people camped at Moke Lake last summer. The fee for overnight camping is $7 per adult, $3.50 per school age child 5-17, while children under 5 are free. Camping fees are paid through a self-registration system, which is checked daily by a campsite manager.