Freedom Camping

Welcome to the NP 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

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. These spaces are for non self-contained campers only.
  • Corbett Park - five marked spaces for non self-contained freedom camping.

Tents

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.

Freedom camping in NP district

Please:

  • 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 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.
  • Rifle Range Road, opposite Downer, 106 Rifle Range Road, New Plymouth.

Places to visit in NP district