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.
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
- 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.