Coromandel Town is on its way to becoming nominated Motorhome Friendly by the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) following the purchase of land behind a BP petrol station for a campsite. The site will provide parking for up to sixty vehicles and the NZMCA have offered to finance a dump point at the location.
Coromandel is located on the western side of the Coromandel Peninsula, which is on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. It is 75 kilometres east of the city of Auckland, although the road between them, which winds around the scenic Firth of Thames and Hauraki Gulf coasts, is 190 km long.
The NZMCA has more than thirty sites which it either owns or leases for the purpose of offering its members low-cost parking in Certified Self-Contained (CSC) vehicles only.
In this case, the site was chosen due to its proximity to the town and a dump station where members can dispose of the grey water waste from their vehicles.
The Motorhome Friendly scheme is an NZMCA initiative that offers the significant economic benefits of motorhome tourism to participating towns - which tend to be mainly rural or provincial centres off the mainstream tourist routes - and, in return, assures members in Certified Self Contained motorhomes of a warm welcome.
The beauty of the Motorhome Friendly scheme for the participating towns is that their area is promoted to NZMCA members.
NZMCA CEO Bruce Lochore says that members prefer to go where they feel that they are welcome.