Date: 12 March 2012
It may have been a wet summer for many Northlanders, but travellers and tourists from all over the globe were still choosing to spend their time here. People from far and wide visited and appreciated Northland’s most beautiful spots this summer.
Despite some unseasonal wet patches on the ground, some of the Department of Conservation (DOC) campsites were as busy as ever over December 2011 and January 2012. Peter Houchen is the Camp Manager for the DOC Otamure campsite at Whananaki. He notes that not just locals and regular visitors checked into the campground. Europeans (including Germans, Swiss, Danish, and Slovenian), North Americans, South Americans, and Australians also stayed at Otamure. In February over 30% of campers at Otamure were from overseas. What’s more, many have loved it so much they have looked to extend their stay.
Otamure campground from the air in the
peak of summer
It would seem that the world is beginning to discover some of our local treasures. Shaughan Anderson, DOC Programme Manager Visitor Assets, believes that this is mostly down to word of mouth and the increasing use of the internet to communicate about places to visit and stay. Shaughan states, “DOC does no formal marketing for its facilities. We are therefore very appreciative of the many positive remarks on social network sites that are made by campers who have enjoyed their stay’.
Otamure campsite is one of four campsites the DOC Whangarei Area Office manages. It is considered one of the top three DOC campsites in New Zealand for NZMCA members, and recent investments have improved facilities further.
Along with the many that travel thousands of miles to enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the region, New Zealand campers are still strongly represented at Otamure and other such campsites across our region. Now that the peak season has passed, those locals and regulars who prefer a little solitude in their camping can now look forward to emptier grounds and quieter camping. All that is needed now is some warm, settled weather.