Key messages about freedom camping:
- You aren’t allowed to camp wherever you like. If you camp in the wrong place, you could face a significant fine.
- Where you camp depends on where you are and what kind of vehicle you are using. Assume nothing – always ask at the local i-Site, or check Camping apps or the local council website.
- Rules on freedom camping vary around New Zealand. It’s up to each community to decide how to manage it locally, so check rules first on the camping apps or local council website. There will often be council signage as well.
- You can camp in more places if your vehicle is Certified Self-Contained. All McRent vehicles are Certified Self-Contained.
We recommend using CamperMate!
A free New Zealand travel app available for download from Google Play and the Apple App Store. Find information on campsites, toilets,
waste stations, hostels, things to do, public toilets, rubbish bins, free WIFI, supermarkets and more.