In New Zealand, freedom camping is when you camp in a tent, campervan or motor vehicle on public land that isn't a recognised camping ground. 

 

You aren't allowed to camp wherever you like and if you camp in the wrong place, you could face a significant fine.

 

Rules vary around the country and this website has information to help you know where you can freedom camp and how to camp responsibly.  

 

It’s important you have the right type of vehicle to enjoy freedom camping. You can usually only freedom camp if you are certified self-contained.

 

Non-self-contained vehicles (no toilet, no shower and no grey water storage) should only stay in holiday parks, Department of Conservation camping grounds, or designated camping areas with toilet facilities. 

 

For safety and environmental reasons, it is generally best to stay in a designated campsite. Should you prefer to freedom camp, please do so responsibly.