Beware in waterfall & secluded attraction carparks
There has been quite some publicity lately (while we were travelling around the north island) where recently in 2 separate incidents at waterfall carparks, backpackers have been attacked and robbed (in one case while sleeping in their vehicle, though most carparks say 'no camping' so it's probably not a good idea to do).
Some carparks even have security cameras set up - a strange thing to see in the middle of nowhere in a small town, but with so many tourists in campervans around, I think they're easy prey for thieves. At one carpark on the west coast in the top north, volunteer 'guards' charge $2 to mind your car while you go for a bushwalk, so you can have peace of mind that your van/vehicle will be ok when you get back 1 hour or so later....
So just really take care, and heed the warning signs, as it does seem to be a serious problem.
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