Responsible camping

You have lots of choices for camping in Tasman - from Council owned campgrounds, to privately-owned campgrounds, Department of Conservation campsites, and even freedom camping locations.

The Tasman District has some amazing towns, beaches and parks. Please come visit us!

Camping is a popular New Zealand pastime. To ensure our fellow campers enjoy it as much as we do, it is important we camp responsibly. Responsible camping is a term used to reflect the desired behaviour of all visitors - irrespective of the sites and locations you seek to stay at, the type of vehicle you drive, or equipment you have. It is about travelling safely, respecting the environment and the communities that you visit and stay.

If you choose to camp, whether on private or public campgrounds, or freedom camp, please remember the Tiaki Promise. Tiaki means to care for people and place. By following the Tiaki Promise, you are making a commitment to New Zealand; to act as a guardian, protecting, and preserving our home. Find out more.(external link)

Staying safe

It is important to be aware of your surroundings and think carefully before choosing your camping spot. Remember to check weather conditions and plan for unexpected events. Make sure to have plenty of supplies, and if possible, leave your details and travel plans with a contact.

What do I do with my camping waste?

Freedom camping

Freedom camping can be broadly described as camping for free outside of an established camping area, either in a vehicle or tent on a public land close to roads, the foreshore or a Great Walk.

Certified self-contained vehicles
Being a considerate freedom camper
Where can and can't I camp?
Our enforcement officers, infringement notices and fees
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