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Once you are in the pristine environment of Wanaka, the desire to live sustainably, buy organic, be green comes to front of mind.

I found a book recently at Soulfood Organics called “Organic Explorer – Green Travel Guide to New Zealand“. Gives some great suggestions for those who are travelling around some nice ideas for “green” places to stay, eat and things to do.

They are about to publish an updated 2nd edition. Here is a link to the online database for Otago which gives you a flavour of what the book is like.

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Wanaka is presently discussing the future of its Sports Facilities.

This is important as “Sports Facilities” cover such things as will the Camping Ground remain in the centre of the town? 35,000 people a year stay in this centrally located camp ground. Very easy to then walk down and support the local businesses.

Two local meetings have just taken place this week and the process is very consultative.

Here’s a section from the document:

The buildings on the camp are owned by the Council and the camp is operated by a lease agreement that
expires on 13 August 2010. A Camping Ground Strategy was adopted by the Council on 26 August 2005. This strategy recommends that at the lease termination the camp be returned to Council
management and be developed as a Holiday Park (similar to the Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park.
This feasibility study is currently in progress assessing a number of options:
(i) retaining the motor camp in its current location;
(ii) redeveloping the camp at its current location but with a reduced footprint; and
(iii) relocating the camp to another location (such as Albert Town) and redeveloping that alternative location.

Having visited the Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park last summer, the camping was so expensive, the sites were tiny and we quickly fled to Glenorchy after only one night. It was full of motel units and didn’t feel like any camp ground we have ever stayed at. Let’s hope Wanaka has something a little more low key and more in keeping with the spirit of the town.

Here is a story about moving the swimming pool from the Otago Daily Times.