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.
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.
- 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.
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
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.
Have your say
You can have your say on Freedom Camping in New Plymouth District by providing feedback on the draft Freedom Camping Bylaw.
Feedback closes 5pm Friday 4 September 2020.