Freedom Camping in New Zealand.
Freedom camping is permitted in many places in New Zealand but the rules vary in each community. Signs will usually indicate where you are not allowed to camp. To be certain about local camping guidelines, we recommend you ask at an i-SITE information centre, Department of Conservation visitor centre or holiday park before you stop for the night. Or download a New Zealand camping app.

Camping is a great way to enjoy some of the best parts of our country. Here's how to do it with care.

Leave no trace.
The Department of Conservation’s website contains useful information on how to keep safe and leave no trace in the outdoors.

Use a public toilet or the one in your vehicle.
Please respect our home and other travellers by using the proper facilities. Just look for the signs. You can find a public toilet near you by searching the AA map.

Use a dump station to dispose of campervan waste.
It’s important you dispose of your water and toilet waste in a safe and environmentally sound way. Look out for the blue dump station symbol throughout the country.

Stay at a campsite.
For the best experience, stay at one of our great campsites. With many having cooking, toilet and shower facilities on site, there’s everything you’ll need.

Refill your water bottle — it's free.
Bring a reusable bottle and refill on the go anywhere you see the RefillNZ logo or at your campsite. Tap water in New Zealand is safe to drink.

In general, you can only freedom camp on local authority land if your vehicle is certified self-contained. Vehicles with a portable toilet are no longer able to be certified self-contained. The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board is the regulator of the self-contained vehicle system. You can sign up on their website to receive updates in relation to the self-contained vehicle system.
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Holiday Parks in New Zealand
Holiday parks in NZ offer a wide variety of accommodation options, from camping sites through to self-contained motels and cabins. They are well known as providing the iconic New Zealand holiday experience.
Holiday Parks
Department of Conservation Camps in New Zealand
DOC manages over 250 vehicle-accessible camping areas on conservation land. Discover their locations and facilities provided.
Campervans are very welcome at most or our new Zealand Conservation Campsites.

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Rankers Online Guide to Every NZ Campsite
New Zealand traveller reviews New Zealand activities, transport, campgrounds and tour companies. With over 31,000 reviews posted - find the real gems of New Zealand. Rankers is proudly New Zealand owned, independent, straight up and honest.
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Whether you decide to travel for 5 or 25 days there is an itinerary that may be suitable for you (or at least help you with some great places to stay or visit)
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CamperMate was born out of a love for independent travel and the outdoors. We started in New Zealand back in 2006 when founder Adam Hutchinson wanted to come up with a way to help travellers find the things they need around them while they’re on the road. The result was the much-loved CamperMate app that shows travellers in Australia and New Zealand the locations of everything they need around them as they travel.
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Camping NZ features Offline Maps, so you can find all camping locations, free of restrictions. Avoid camping fines with this official NZ camping map. We only show camping locations approved by the 67 councils represented across NZ. Rest with no worries! With over 5700 locations you'll find a nearby campsite wherever you find yourself - a full facility holiday park or an isolated hideaway.
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  Fully Self Contained **Non Self Contained
1. Holiday Parks YES YES
2. Department of Conservation (DOC) Campsites YES YES
3. Designatet Camping Sites with a Toilet. YES YES
4. Designatet Camping Sites without a Toilet. YES NO
** Non self contained means no toilet, no shower and no grey water storage.
If in Doubt, Ask Here!
If in doubt about where to camp, assume nothing, always ask one of the following agencies, they are available to help you make the right decisions. Keep a look out for their logos.
i-Site Visitor Information
Departmentt of Conservation
Holiday Parks Association
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