HAPPY campers Lee and Stuart Dickinson say being able to stay for $10 meant they camped at the Island View Holiday Park instead of continuing on to Gisborne.

A CAMPING discount scheme that was started in Opotiki is now applied by several campsites and expected to double in size in the next year.

New Zealand Motor Caravan Association chief executive Bruce Lochore said he had stayed at the Island View Holiday Park, which is co-owned by Lorne Simmons, when he learned about the idea.

“The programme was started by Lorne and we took it, with his permission, and we ran with it,” Mr Lochore said.

NZMCA’s 91,000 members now have access to discounted camping at 42 campsites during the off-peak period.

“We are quite happy with that number for the first year,” he said.

“Due to the success of the programme, we think the number will close to double next year.”

ISLANDView Holiday Park co-owner Lorne Simmons. File photos

Mr Lochore said the programme benefits campground owners because it’s an off-peak programme.

“This means they will get customers they wouldn’t normally get at that time of year,” he said.

“The benefit for our members is they can pay low rates to camp at a site with good facilities.”

After running the programme for the first year, NZMCA will now review it.

“We will talk to campgrounds and members, strengthen it for both,” Mr Lochore said.

“Credit to Lorne for coming up with the idea.”

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