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Wellington all set for RWC motor home invasion

Sep 8th, 2011 | By | Category: Latest News, News

WELLINGTON is going out of its way to accommodate an expected influx of up to 1100 motor homes during the Rugby World Cup.

Two public swimming pools – Freyberg Pool on Oriental Pde and the Aquatic Centre in Kilbirnie – will provide free parking for motor homes.

The pools will allow oversized vehicles to occupy more than one car park space if they need to.

The city council’s priority is to get motor homes off the street and into semi-secure parking, says councillor Jamie Delich.

The council hopes free parking would discourage motor home users from parking at kerbsides, and it would also ease traffic congestion through the inner city.

“The idea is to have them parked somewhere with good lighting and easily accessible utilities,” he says.

“They’ll also be close to public transport, so they can just park up and leave the motor homes when they go to games.”

The 55 temporary parks are advertised on the council website. They are 60% full for world cup pool games and fully booked for the quarter-finals on October 8 and 9.

The council’s move has been welcomed by James Imlach, resource management co-ordinator for  the New Zealand Motor Camper Association .

He says while most major cities in New Zealand have some dedicated caravan parks, the industry is growing faster than the number of facilities being provided.

“It’s a matter of the industry working with local government.”

Dedicated parking is becoming more important to travellers, as the size of motor homes has changed considerably in the last few years: “Your normal car park is not always accessible to your larger motor homes.”

Standard motor homes are up to 7m in length, converted buses 10m, and a home with a trailer may be up to 12m.

Aquatic Centre operations manager Linda Dorrington agrees van size is a consideration and says there may be solutions such as cordoning off one and half car parks for larger rigs.

Parks at the centre (above) are between 4.8m and 6m long, but if there is an overflow of larger motor homes, some can be moved to the car park at the rear of the complex (right).

Car parks at Freyberg Pool are smaller – between 3.3m and 5.8m – and motor homes will be accommodated by allocating two regular parks per rig.

Wellington’s sole inner-city motor home park on Kumutoto Wharf  at the waterfront is equipped with electrical outlets, toilets, showers, and rubbish facilities.

The parks, which cost $50 a night, are between 6m and 7m, with 2.9m of free space either side to allow for extra width like awnings.

When asked if they would be prepared to sacrifice some of the convenience of Kumutoto for a free overnight park, two motor home drivers said a definite yes.

Helen Prescott and Mark Appleby say they chose to take their holiday ahead of the Rugby World Cup and have stayed at a variety of camping sites around New Zealand.

Helen says they hired a campervan with gas bottles for cooking and heating water for their shower. The van also has a toilet and provision for water storage of up to 150 litres.

They have comfortably stayed in many areas, including the cheaper sites provided by the Department of Conservation, which have only basic toilet facilities.

“It depends on the size and model,” she says “You can freedom camp if you’re self- contained.”

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  1. There is no councillor called “James Dellich”.

    Do you mean council officer?

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