The great Kiwi camping holiday seems to be dropping out of favour, with few people willing to rough it in the wild without some modern comforts.
Almost six out of 10 people told a Herald-DigiPoll summer survey that they wanted some comfort when camping – and nearly 15 per cent admitted they would like as many modern conveniences as possible.
Less than a quarter said they like to rough it.
The Holiday Parks Association says the changing demands of Kiwi campers are forcing many holiday parks to reduce tent sites and build more cabins and chalets with modern conveniences.
Chief executive Fergus Brown said it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing as it meant camping was appealing to a wider group of Kiwis.
“A lot of them are looking for what’s termed as ‘glamping’, or more glamorous camping if you like, and they’re arriving with two or three tents for a party of six, and have with them their iPads, microwaves, fridge … everything including the kitchen sink.”
Mr Brown said most holiday parks still offered a choice of luxury camping or more basic tent camping, but there was increasing demand for modern facilities.
Glampers!…poofs more like…seriously they need to HTFU.
Chopper would be having kittens: