Officially motorhome friendly

New status . . . Celebrating Mosgiel being named New Zealand Motor Caravan Association's newest motorhome-friendly town (from left) Association Otago Area committee members Gavin Mead, of Waitati, Barbara Smith, with her husband Don Smith, both of Mosgiel, and Enterprise Dunedin business relationship manager Des Adamson. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

Mosgiel is about to be named the first official motorhome-friendly place in Otago.

New Zealand Motor Caravan Association chief executive Bruce Lochore, of Palmerston North, said Mosgiel was set to be given “motorhome-friendly” status by the association and would “provide a healthy boost to tourism spending” for the area.

The promotion of Mosgiel as a motorhome-friendly town will be funded entirely by the association, he said.

“The result is a win-win for everyone.

“For Mosgiel, official recognition as motorhome friendly will encourage more of our members to stop, stay and spend.”

The status was a “clear indication” its members could expect a “warm welcome” in Mosgiel, he said.

Mosgiel would be promoted as a motorhome-friendly town to the more than 80,000 association members on the organisation’s website and its member magazine, The Motor Caravanner, he said.

Association Otago area committee member Gavin Mead, of Waitati, said Mosgiel would be the only place with the status in the association’s Otago area.

The status would bring “money into Mosgiel” when members spend on goods and services while staying in designated areas such as Peter Johnstone Park.

Motorhome owner Don Smith, of Mosgiel, said if a town had motorhome-friendly status it reassured motorhome users it was a safe place to “park and spend money”.

Dunedin City Council Enterprise Dunedin business relationship manager Des Adamson said the opportunity to promote the city to thousands of people, at no cost to the council, was too good to refuse.

“For me it was a no-brainer.”

Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board chairwoman Sarah Nitis said Mosgiel being given the status was “fabulous news”.

As association members used self-contained vehicles, it made them preferable to freedom campers, she said.