We love free camping or freedom camping as it's also known as. Because we have a self-contained campervan, we are able to take advantage of the beautiful New Zealand scenery stopping overnight at the most stunning settings.
It is really important to be considerate and responsible if you are free camping. Many parts of New Zealand, especially in the North Island, now prohibit all freedom campers, including those in self-contained vehicles. This is because some campers have abused the free camping in that area, leaving rubbish and human waste. We don't want the remaining areas that allow freedom camping to ban the practice. For more information on different regional policies, click here
Freedom Camping Update - click here
New Zealand Environmental Code, click here
New Zealand Eco-Wise Travel Guide, click here
There are a few "rules" to observe if you are freedom camping:
If you're not sure what the requirements for a self-contained campervan/motorhome are, click here.
Starting from the top of the North Island, we will briefly state the district council's stance on freedom camping (correct as of December 2009). Where available, we have added links to the individual region's freedom camping policy.
West Coast -
We hope you enjoy free camping as much as we do. Remember to leave no trace of your visit when you leave.