The move came after Environment Canterbury issued a non-compliance notice to Christchurch City Council, advising that the discharge of wastewater from the reserve was not up to standard. In addition to this, the reserve did not have sufficient facilities to support campers.
Little Akaloa Reserve Committee Chair Craig Waghorn said the cost to bring the reserve up to standard was estimated at $150,000 – $180,000.
“The Council would have to upgrade the wastewater system, as well install the infrastructure for hot water, install showers and kitchen and laundry facilities.
“Considering that there are a number of excellent, fully equipped and compliant campgrounds around Banks Peninsula for campers to enjoy, we ask that people camp elsewhere,” says Mr Waghorn.
There are campgrounds near Little Akaloa at Okains Bay and Pigeon Bay.
“I would like to thank all previous committee members who have managed the campground over the years, Owen Dewe in particular.”
“People are still welcome to visit the reserve to enjoy a picnic or other activities during the day,” says Mr Waghorn.
Christchurch City Council Manager of Community Governance Penelope Goldstone says the Little Akaloa Reserve is a special part of Banks Peninsula.
“The committee of volunteers has worked hard over the years to look after the Little Akaloa Reserve for their community and visitors to the area. Even though camping will no longer be allowed, it’s a lovely spot that people should add to the list to visit when in Banks Peninsula,” she says.
The decision comes into effect at midnight on Friday 30 June 2023.
For more information about camping around Christchurch and Banks Peninsula, visit the Council’s camping webpage. You can also use camping apps like CamperMate or Rankers Camping NZ to find approved campgrounds.