Friday morning, I heard on the radio there have been problems caused by the rapid increase of caravans, house buses, and camper vans, especially in smaller tourist town like Picton (nearest town to yesterday's shot). At the moment, it seems these vehicles are allowed to overnight pretty much anywhere unless signs say overnight stay is prohibited. Worse yet, some tourists feel free to dump their refuse where they please, and folks traveling on "home-made" vehicles or ones with fewer facilities sneak into backpackers and other establishments for bio-breaks, showers, and rubbish disposal.
I'm hearing calls for regulations on caravan activities and for more roadside facilities, but the there's another layer to this. Previously, when NZ's population was smaller and visitor numbers fraction of what it is now, there were many aspects of life, especially pertaining to leisure and recreation, left to the discretion and common sense. With the increase of resident and visiting population, we're seeing an increase in regulation, facilities, and cost.
The effect is a mixed bag of locals not being able to do some things they've been doing for generations; ugly but useful public structures springing up in places; travel becoming more convenient and meeting the expectations of overseas visitors; and a foreboding for yet more Kiwi freedom being taken away. The bottom line is often the tourist dollars. (Disclamer: I'm not sure how the loo issue was dealt with before the installation of small roadside ones; that was before out time.)
Friday afternoon, I saw a convoy of three from the Cathedral steps.