Nowhere to stay
December 7 2020
Recently we had been in contact with some friends from the North Island who indicated they were going to undertake a trip with their caravan to the South Island in March 2021 which was going to include Queenstown.
They asked if I could recommend a suitable Holiday Park near the Queenstown CBD. Having undertaken a site visit I decided on the Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park.
I decided it would be perfect, as it had nice and clean modern facilities, beautiful gardens, and was easy walking distance to the CBD.
I went to the Parks reception area to make a booking. I was welcomed by a nice lady, who I understood to be one of the managers. She was most apologetic but advised me the Park was unable to take any site booking beyond February 1st, 2021.
The reason provided was that the council, was in discussions with the current Park operators in relation to the lease and that certain parts of the Park may become unavailable.
I was advised that the council was planning to put a road through the Park to the proposed Lakeview development and this involved removing the Parks facilities buildings, which looked to me that they were only recently built.
I asked was it in part because of the slowdown in Tourism due to Covid, but I was advised to the contrary, that the visitor numbers to Park have been very steady. as have been the forward bookings and inquiries.
I came away somewhat dismayed, as I understand the Mayor and Civic leaders were crying out for visitors to the Town. That a large portion of these visitors are currently campers, who I imagine would be spending their money across a whole range of local services.
Yet here we have a council that has closed the Frankton Holiday Park at least, until late 2021 and are in the process of closing all or part of the Queenstown one.
This appears to be despite previous assurances from the Mayor that the Holiday Park would remain unaffected by the adjacent Lakeview development. I came away shaking my head in dismay and surprise as to who in their right mind would close and or disestablish the majority of the area’s Holiday Parks?
Has once again short term council greed got in the way of common sense? Why not maintain a CBD green space, that appears to be a very well utilized civic amenity,while providing for postive downstream outcomes?
Visitors to the Queenstown Lakes district looking for a camping experience are important and QLDC’s Responsible Camping Strategy reinforces this.
While it is a challenge that the Frankton Campground is closed this summer, this is to allow for the re-development and provision of new facilities here.
Discussions are also underway with respect to the potential continuation of some part of the Lakeview Campground too.
We’d recommend that anyone visiting the district and looking for a campsite takes a look at one of the many other options nearby. A list of them is available here: https://www.qldc.govt.nz/recreation/responsible-camping-in-the-queenstown-lakes-district#campground-locations, and the Campermate App has plenty of details about options too.
It’s important to note too that a proposed road through part of the Lakeview site represents the start of an initial $15m investment over 12 months into Three Waters and roading infrastructure, and once complete, further development at the Lakeview site will provide a range of residential buildings, hotels, co-working and co-living spaces, hospitality and retail options, along with reserve spaces and a contribution to affordable housing.