No new facilities for Crown Range Summit carpark

The Crown Range Summit carpark. MetService webcam

With many areas around the district being affected by increasing numbers, the Crown Range lookout is one of the places frequented by tourists taking photographs on their journey over the mountains.

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At the moment there is no toilet at the carpark and the Wanaka Sun has received comments on social media about residents finding discarded toilet paper and faeces at the carpark.

We asked the Department of Conservation whether it was considering putting a toilet at the summit car park on the Crown Range.

DOC senior ranger Annette Grieve said,

“It is disappointing that the Crown Range car park is being used in a disrespectful and irresponsible manner. It is a designated Freedom Camping site, requiring vehicles staying overnight to be fully self-contained (with a toilet, wastewater and rubbish facilities onboard). There are no plans at this stage to install a toilet at the site, however, this location will be reviewed as part of the development of a camping strategy in conjunction with QLDC and other agencies.”

Annette confirmed that the review of the camping strategy is currently a work-in-progress.

The photos, viewed from the webcam at the summit, show the vehicles at 12.04pm and 7.28pm on February 6 and again at 4.20am on February 7. 

The photos show the coming and going of vehicles, with some of those staying overnight being self-contained, which is permitted.

The Wanaka Sun conducted a survey over the last few days of vehicles freedom camping overnight at the summit, the results are set out below.

Date    -   Number of Vehicles

3 Feb 2018 - 8

4 Feb 2018 - 6

5 Feb 2018 - 5

6 Feb 2018 - 5

7 Feb 2018 - 11

Photo: The Crown Range Summit carpark this week. MetService webcam

Freedom Camping Feedback QLDC is looking for community input on plans to tackle the significant growth in the numbers of freedom campers across the district.: To complete the online survey visit

Feedback is open until 5 pm, Friday 16 February.

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