Responsible freedom camping

Responsible freedom camping in New Zealand is considered camping in a tent, campervan or motor vehicle on public land, on a site with minimal or no facilities, such as toilets or showers.

There are over 500 responsible freedom camping locations in New Zealand and freedom campers must follow some basic rules and regulations when staying overnight.

Find out how to protect New Zealand and get the most out of your freedom camping holiday. 

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Dispose of rubbish responsibly - Respect the environment by taking away all waste, ensuring you leave the camping area clean for those who come afterwards.

Keep New Zealand clean - Always use a public toilet or toilet in your vehicle. Apps such CamperMate(opens in new window) can help you find the nearest toilets.

Protect our environment - Use recycling facilities whenever they are available to help protect our environment.

Waste disposal station - If travelling in a motorhome, you must empty your toilet and waste water at designated dump station. Look for signage or check where a nearby station is.