- New NZMCA Park offers members a host of activities
New NZMCA Park offers members a host of activities
The Willows (online TD #7466), at West Melton, near Christchurch, is a leased site within an innovative Regional Park development by Environment Canterbury.
Activities catered for within The Willows which will appeal to NZMCA members include: fishing, mountain biking, hiking/walking, cycling and picnicking.
Delighted with the new facility, the NZMCA’s National Planning & Policy Manager James Imlach says: “This park responds to the growing demand within our membership for more destination-type campsites that provide safe and easy access to recreational activities.
“What’s more, the location of The Willows is not too far from Christchurch, but isolated enough for locals to get away for the weekend.”
As with all NZMCA Parks, members camping overnight at The Willows must be travelling in CSC vehicles. At this site the maximum stay is seven consecutive nights per visit.
One aspect of the new park that members need to be aware of, says James, is that the park fees payment is via the Travel App only.
“This is due to the remoteness of the park and the need to minimise vandalism and security risks,” he explains. “We’re also mindful of the safety of custodians who would need to service an iron maiden at this location.
“Depending on your network provider there is adequate cell phone coverage on site, on the top of the nearby groyne, or at the entrance to the regional park off Thompsons Road.”
Members are advised too that no fires are allowed at this site, however gas BBQs may be used provided there is a minimum two-metre clearance between the BBQ and any vegetation.
The Willows was officially opened by Selwyn District Council Mayor, Sam Broughton, on Saturday May 11, at an event that attracted a great turnout from local Area members and the general public. Attendees were treated to a free BBQ courtesy of Environment Canterbury and they also had the opportunity to try out the new tracks and learn about the park’s biodiversity
“This is a great example of the public and private sector collaborating for mutual benefit,” ECAN’s Team Leader Parks and Forests, James Page, told those present.
James Imlach concluded by saying he wanted to acknowledge all the members who had helped in bringing the project to a successful conclusion, in particular:
John Allen (#47060) for his help co-ordinating the project on behalf of the NZMCA and Canterbury Area; Richard Holland (#25434) for building the registration shed; and Area Chair Neil Stewart (#48240), Leighton Crocker (#24116), Peter Fantham (#47532), Gary Froggatt (#27069), Peter Boyce (#49321), and Stratford (Taff) Hubbard (#48207) for their time and assistance.
(Please note that with the Travel App sync schedule, The Willows will only appear on the app by the end of this week. In the meantime, the site is located towards the end of Thompsons Road, West Melton, GPS-43.46516 / 172.32788)