Map showing locations of camping sites in New Plymouth District.



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).


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.

The following areas are prohibited from freedom camping:

  • Back Beach Bottom Carpark – freedom camping prohibited at all times
  • Oakura Beach Front – freedom camping prohibited between 1 November and 30 April
  • Fitzroy Beach Carpark – freedom camping prohibited between 1 November and 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.
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