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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)
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.
The Department of Conservation (DOC) and Campermate have some great maps that show:
Human wastewater poses a health risk and causes damage to our environment. Wastewater must be disposed of at a campervan waste dumping station. Incorrect disposal of wastewater may result in an instant fine or prosecution.
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.
Some people choose to camp in a self-contained vehicle. These vehicles are allowed to stay in more public places than non-self-contained vehicles.
A Self-Contained Vehicle is a Motor Caravan or a Caravan which can be used as a place of abode. On top of allowing you to use the toilet for a minimum of three days without having to empty your waste, it must also contain facilities for:
You must have a current self-containment warrant displayed on your front left-hand side of the windscreen. A self-containment sticker on the lower right-hand side rear of the vehicles is optional, but using them helps our and DOC enforcement officers.
For more detail, check the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association's website
We want everyone to enjoy our freedom camping site. Please make sure
Nobody likes walking into a mess, and we love our 100% pure New Zealand environment, so please ensure that you
Please be aware that any breach of the above, or rules of the site, may result in a fine or infringement fee between $200 and $10,000.
Unless stated on site, please don't camp in these areas:
You can camp for a maximum of 2 nights at any location within a consecutive 4 week period, and you must move at least 1km from your previous camping area. Again, any breach of these guidelines may result in you receiving an infringement fine.
Our enforcement officers are in place to ensure the environment is respected, and that you and your fellow campers are safe, in accordance with the Freedom Camping Bylaw. Their powers include: