New Zealand's Freedom Camping Laws
The New Zealand Government passed a new law in August 2011 that enables local councils to issue infringement notices to campers that camp in prohibited areas; camp without containment (onboard shower and toilet) facilities where camping is restricted to those with approved facilities; littering; and leaving human waste (faeces and toilet paper).
It’s unfortunate that, because New Zealand is such a great place to visit, the increasing number of visitors meant that more people were not respecting and caring for the country’s pristine natural areas.
Council officers will now issue an on-the-spot fine to the vehicle — therefore Cheapa Campa strongly encourages its customers to follow the freedom camping guidelines.
For a great interactive map which details dump stations, caravan parks and freedom camping areas click HERE.
Freedom Camping Guidelines
Recycle where possible
Only go to the toilet where there is a designated toilet or use toilets in the motorhome
Only dump waste at designated dump stations
Only shower in designated showers or use the shower in the motorhome
If in doubt check with a local!
If in doubt, check where you can camp overnight at a local iSITE or DOC (Department of Conservation) visitor centre.