Buller District Council

Media Release – Reefton officially motorhome friendly

6th October, 2020

It’s official – Reefton has become the latest town to join the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association’s (NZMCA) nationwide Motorhome Friendly scheme. And it’s going to offer the district immediate benefits.

During a presentation to Buller District Council Mayor Jamie Cleine, the NZMCA’s West Coast Area chairperson Ken Leslie said the town’s new status will be celebrated by motor-homers and caravanners from throughout the top of the South Island converging on Reefton over Labour Weekend to join in the fun of the town’s 150th anniversary.

The NZMCA – which has recently allocated its 100,000th membership number – established the Motorhome Friendly scheme to ensure that destinations throughout the country provide an appropriate level of amenities and services for motor-homers.

Mayor Cleine says the message which the scheme promotes to its members will benefit Reefton and Buller.

“The program provides motor-homers with a sense of surety about what they can expect in a town. The message is go visit and stay at this Motorhome Friendly town because it offers you essential amenities and services that are specific to your needs.”

To achieve Motorhome Friendly status, council submitted information to the association which confirmed the area has: a legally-compliant freedom camping bylaw; a public dump station; access to potable water; refuse and recycling; medical facilities; vicinity to shops and service areas.

Ken Leslie says achieving the status for Reefton is particularly timely as more people take to motor-homing instead of heading off on overseas holidays.

“We expect this summer to be a cracker, with lots of people touring the country in motor-homes and caravans. Reefton now joins the club of some 57 places around New Zealand that will have special appeal to them.”


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