On Saturday, we cruised up to see our Motorhome friends, Rob & Helen at Snells Beach .
It was great to have a meal with them before we all visit the South Island later this month. We are hoping to catch up with them down there too.
We parked the van at the end of their road at the Northern part of the beach.. a lovely spot and the weather was playing the game albeit with plenty of wind.
Catching up with Rob and Helen and hearing their plans for the South Island was great fun. We last saw them at the Kai Iwi lakes rally in July.
We’ve stayed here at Snells beach before but were in the “middle carpark” further down the beach and there is a third carpark as well for motorhomes.
Apparently some of the locals around the middle park have been getting agitated about some of the behaviour from some of the Freedom Campers in their patch.
Unfortunately with the huge growth in Motorhoming, most councils want to provide freedom camping which is great. The trouble is, many are providing the space but not policing it effectively. As a result, the “mattress vans” and non compliant renters and cars are ruining for everyone by not playing the game and “freedom camping” generally is seen as a blight in their backyard.
It’s a shame that the irresponsible few are going to bugger it up for many who are playing by the rules.
We woke up early and went for a walk along Snells beach to the other Motorhome parks and it was all looking really nice ..A few vans in each and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.
They’re a very friendly lot up there .. all the dog walkers saying hello or good morning and smiling away.. A really nice place to stay looking out at Kawau Island.
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