Freedom Camping

Welcome to the New Plymouth District!

New Plymouth District is an awesome place to enjoy the great outdoors. We welcome responsible holiday-makers and we have some great camping grounds, which you can find on the Visit Taranaki website.

Self-contained freedom camping

Self-contained freedom campers can stay a maximum of three nights in any 30-day period at any single location, excluding banned areas listed below.

Banned areas - No freedom camping is allowed:

  • Back Beach bottom car park
  • Ōākura beachfront
  • Fitzroy Beach car park
  • East End Beach car park
  • Kawaroa Park
  • Waiwhakaiho River Mouth
  • Weld Road
  • Ahu Ahu Road
  • Corbett Park
  • Two areas at Tongaporutu
  • Battiscombe Terrace, with the exception of six marked spaces

Non self-contained freedom camping

Non self-contained freedom campers may stay for a maximum of one night in a 30-day period at any of the restricted areas listed below, and must freedom camp in the marked spaces. The available spaces will be filled on a first come first served basis.

Restricted areas - Areas where non self-contained freedom camping is allowed:

  • Lake Rotomanu, New Plymouth – four marked spaces for non self-contained freedom camping.
  • Battiscombe Terrace, Waitara – six marked spaces for freedom camping.


Camping in tents and other temporary structures on public land is banned in New Plymouth District. If you want to stay in a tent you can find a range of fantastic camp sites at the Visit Taranaki website.


The CamperMate app has maps of campgrounds and accommodation as well as locations of dump stations, petrol stations, and much more. 

Freedom camping in NP District


  • Park in parking areas.
  • Dispose of all waste and rubbish appropriately.
  • Be considerate of other users of the area, and your effect 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 (self-contained) or a single night (non-self-contained) 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 will be liable to a $200 fine.

Where to dispose of waste water

Grey water = Water from your sink and/or shower
Black water = All the waste from your toilet

Waste from campervans can be disposed of free of charge at the following locations:

Grey water only

  • BP Powderham, 71 Powderham Street, New Plymouth.
  • Mobil, corner of Leach and Eliot streets, New Plymouth. 

Black water and grey water

  • AA Vehicle Testing Station, 14D Swans Road, Bell Block.
  • Rifle Range Road, opposite Downer, 106 Rifle Range Road, New Plymouth. 

Places to visit in NP District