Freedom camping is when you camp on public land that isn’t a recognised camping ground.

Where you freedom camp depends on where you are and what kind of vehicle you are using. You can camp in more places if your vehicle is certified self-contained.

Self-containment certification

A self-contained vehicle must meet the Caravan Self Containment Certification standard. You'll need to be able to live in it for three days without getting more water or dumping waste. It must have:

  • a toilet

  • fresh water storage 

  • waste water storage, and

  • a rubbish bin with a lid.

A registered plumber (or other qualified person) needs to check if your vehicle meets the requirements. If it passes they’ll give you a warrant and sticker certification to display on the front and rear of your vehicle. 

Read more detailed information about the New Zealand Standard - Self containment of motor caravans and caravans - who can inspect your vehicle and who can issue the self-containment certification.