While we encourage all campers to use the range of
camping grounds and accommodation the region has to offer, we understand some people prefer the flexibility of freedom camping (camping on public land).


View the Freedom Camping Bylaw - effective from 23 December 2017.


What you need to know
Our Freedom Camping Bylaw 2017 allows both self-contained and non-self-contained freedom campers to stay a maximum of three nights in any 30 day period at any single location.

Freedom camping is banned in the following areas:
Back Beach bottom car park – at all times.
Oakura beachfront – from 1 November to 30 April.
Fitzroy Beach car park – from 1 November to 30 April. 

  • Freedom camping tips

    We also ask you to:
    Park in designated parking areas.
    Dispose of all waste and rubbish appropriately.
    Be considerate of other users of the area, and your impact on them and the environment around you.


    You may be asked to move by an enforcement officer if:
    • You are not parked legally;
    • You are preventing others from undertaking legitimate activities in the area;
    • You have stayed more than three nights in the same public place;
    • You light any fires;
    • You are not complying with the noise requirements as set out in the operative District Plan;
    • Camping would create a health hazard;
    • The public place is required for another purpose;
    • Camping would obstruct pedestrian or vehicle traffic;
    • The ground conditions are unsuitable for camping or camping will damage the area;
    • Camping is not allowed at that site.


    Freedom campers who do not comply with the Freedom Camping Bylaw may be liable to a $200 fine.


    Where to dispose of toilet and grey water

    Waste from campervans can be disposed of free of charge at:
    • AA Vehicle Testing Station, 14D Swans Road, Bell Block.
    • BP Powderham - 71 Powderham Street, New Plymouth.
    • Mobil – Corner of Leach and Eliot streets, New Plymouth.