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Campground toilets ready for action

Department of Conservation (DOC) campgrounds in the northern Coromandel are set to receive shower and toilet facility makeovers in the coming weeks.

Regional Director Hauraki-Waikato-Taranaki at DOC, Dan Heinrich said the $3 million upgrade of three campgrounds was important as the Department strived to deliver the best possible experience for visitors.

“The Coromandel Peninsula is one of our region’s most visited locations, and the northern parts of the peninsula are popular with campers willing to venture beyond the usual holiday and camping locations,” Mr Heinrich said.

“We’ve got an important obligation to provide assets to meet the demands of visitors and protect the environment in these beautiful places.”

He said work on 10 new toilet and shower blocks at the Waikawau Bay campground had already been completed, with the improvements including a water reticulation system fed by a natural spring near the site.

Mr Heinrich said that feedback from visitors had been very positive so far.

“Visitors our staff have spoken to absolutely love the improvements we’ve made at that site.”

“They’ve been really impressed, and our project team has done a great job,” Mr Heinrich said.

He said water conservation was an important aspect of providing toilet and shower facilities at the camping grounds, with all upgraded sites set to have automatic shut-off systems to minimise water consumption.

“The systems give 30-second bursts of water from taps and showers, limiting water use.”

He said that further north at Stony Bay, work was underway to install two new toilet and shower blocks at the campground with water sourced from a local stream.

“At nearby Fletcher Bay campground – also a key location for people using the Coromandel Coastal Walkway – work is also about to commence on two toilet and shower blocks,” Mr Heinrich said.