Coromandel Town motorhome friendly and proud of it 05 May 2016 Coromandel town is the first in the district to become a New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) certified 'Motorhome Friendly Town', and they have a certificate to prove it. Earlier in the week, the Coromandel-Colville Community Board were presented a certificate and signage for the towns new status. The Motorhome Friendly scheme is an NZMCA initiative that offers the significant economic benefits of motorhome tourism to participating towns – which tend to be mainly rural or provincial centres off the mainstream tourist routes - and, in return, assures members in Certified Self Contained motorhomes of a warm welcome. There are already 38 towns registered, with Morrinsville, Paeroa and Te Aroha being the closest to the Coromandel. The Motorhome Friendly scheme promotes high standards for freedom camping, which has become a joint campaign between NZMCA and TCDC with both organisations signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). "This is another positive step in our relationship with NZMCA, our relationship is going from strength-to-strength as we've gained a better understanding of how we can work alongside each other for mutual benefit," says Thames-Coromandel District Mayor Glenn Leach." "Motorhome tourism is one of the biggest forms of alternative tourism," says Bruce Lochore, Chief Executive of the NZMCA. "And the Coromandel is one of the most sought after destinations, so it is expected that the demand for motorhome services will grow." Follow the link to find out more about theMOU between our Council and NZMCA. To visit the Coromandel Town section of the 'Motorhome Friendly Towns' website go to www.mhftowns.govt Above: Nick Wells NZMCA Area Treasurer, TCDC Mayor, Glenn Leach, Coromandel-Colville Community Board Chair, John Walker and Irwin Bain NZMCA Area Chairperson.