Please stay in holiday parks, Department of Conservation campsites and other designated camping areas.

Freedom camping is allowed in many places, but the rules vary in each community. Check out the signs  they'll usually indicate where you can freedom camp. 

Download a New Zealand camping app like the Camping NZ app or Camper Mate app to find your next camping spot. 

Assume nothing  always ask. 

To be certain, ask at an i-SITE visitor information centre or Department of Conservation visitor centre before you stop for the night.



Where can you camp?

    Fully Certified Self Contained

Non Self Contained

Holiday Parks              Yes            Yes
Department of Conservation Campsites              Yes            Sometimes
Designated camping sites with a toilet              Yes            Yes*
Designated camping sites without a toilet              Yes             NO


*There are a few exceptions to this. To be sure, check out a camping app, look at the freedom camping laws page on this website and also see what the signs say when you stop to camp.