Public input on ways to deal with the challenges posed by rising number of freedom campers is being sought by the Queenstown Lakes District Council.

In a statement, Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult said the increase in freedom camper volumes this summer, and the behaviour of a ``minority'' of those campers, risked degrading the unique experience on offer for residents and holiday-makers across the district.

The council would review its Freedom Camping Bylaw and reserve management plans about the middle of this year while working with other agencies to develop a camping strategy.

That would inform the council's policy on all camping in the district when it was complete.
Before the formal consultation began, the council wanted to hear feedback and "practical solutions'' from the community about possible ways to help create a more "responsible camper'' culture.


"We're genuinely looking for community-led solutions as part of this discussion, and they will be considered as part of our long-term review.

"All reasonable options are on the table and I'd encourage anyone with an interest to take the time to leave their thoughts online.''

Mr Boult said people needed to understand the council was not looking to ban freedom camping, but wanted to find ways to ensure freedom campers did so in a "respectful and responsible manner''.

"There's no getting around the fact this will have an impact on responsible, self-contained campers, but in this instance the actions of an irresponsible minority mean we have to do something.''

The council announced last week it would be banning overnight campers from council reserves at Lake Hayes and the Shotover Delta, while clamping would be introduced for those flouting the parking restrictions on the Wanaka lakefront.

Dates for implementing those changes were yet to be confirmed.

The online survey, available through the council's website, will close at 5pm on February 16.