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

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

Or download a New Zealand camping app.




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.