Freedom Camping

Where can I Freedom Camp?

Tents and other temporary structures are banned from freedom camping in New Plymouth District.

Self-contained freedom camping

Our Freedom Camping Bylaw 2017 allows self-contained freedom campers to stay a maximum of three nights in any 30-day period at any single location, excluding banned areas.

Freedom camping is restricted iconNon 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.

Restricted areas

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

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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
  • Corbett Park, Ōākura.
  • Tongaporutu Domain
  • Tongaporutu Reserve off Clifton Road near the State Highway Three bridge

Corbett Park update

  • We welcome visitors to our beautiful part of New Zealand and at the same time work hard to keep our most pristine spots looking good for locals.
  • Following a request from the Kaitake Community Board and after ongoing talks with hapū, neighbours and recreational groups, freedom camping is banned from 20 January 2020 at Ōākura’s Corbett Park until 30 April 2020.
  • Gates have been installed at the entrance to the park and will be locked at 10pm and unlocked at 6am as a precautionary measure, to protect it from vandalism.
  • Prior to the ban coming into force on 20 January, freedom campers will be given the option to leave the park before the gates are closed.  
  • Please feel free to give us a call on 06-759 6060 or drop us an email at with any questions.

Freedom Camping Tips


  • 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.


There are several camping grounds and accommodation available in the New Plymouth area. Information is available on the Visit Taranaki website.