JUCY Freedom Camping New Zealand

JUCY Camping Map

JUCY has worked together with one of our partners to bring you one of the most comprehensive camping maps available. This interactive map shows almost every free and paid camping facility in New Zealand and provides extensive information about each location.  Click here to view the map


Freedom Camping in New Zealand

In New Zealand Freedom Camping (i.e. camping in public places) is allowed in numerous different parts of New Zealand.

However you will find that New Zealand also contains a very large number of clean and friendly campgrounds situated in amazing locations around the country. If you do decide to Freedom Camp you need to ensure you camp near public toilets and take extra care to clear your site of any rubbish, and other waste before leaving.

New Zealanders are very passionate about our beautiful country and people found to be abusing this are likely to come across a very unfriendly welcome or even face fines.

freedom camping in new zealand

Asume Nothing, Always Ask a Local!

The best place to find information about where you can camp and what procedures to follow is from those who know the area.  Ask locals for information. People at these places are expecting you to call in. They have all the information you need.

Be EcoWise

New Zealand is a beautiful country. Help keep our towns, cities, parks, beaches and native bush free from pollution and waste. Please also respect our unique flora and fauna. Be active and get involved in caring for the environment. It is everyone’s responsibility.Click here to download some tips on how to be eco-wise and leave gentle footprints when travelling in New Zealand.

Play it Safe

Staying safe is important to enjoying your holiday. This information is provided to help you travel safely throughout New Zealand. Remember New Zealand can experience four seasons in a day, therefore for even short outdoor trips you should carry a waterproof top and warm clothing. For anything over a short walk, always let someone know where you are going and when you will be back. The sections below offer more information.

Visitor Safety Information
Outdoor Safety
Driving Safety
Fire Safety
Accident Support in New Zealand  
Weather Reports & Forecast
Police Station Locations
Other useful websites 

Use the Facilities

In the spirit of Kaitiakitanga (guardianship) we ask that you become familiar with the information in this section and plan a holiday committed to leaving no trace of your trip for the collective benefit of current and future generations. ‘Camping our way’ is not using the side of the road or the bush as a toilet – please use onboard or public facilities.

Public Toilets
Dump stations
LoveNZ - Recycle
HAPNZ Holiday Parks
DOC Campsites
i-SITE visitor centre
Department of Conservation
Litter laws in NZ!

Follow the Signs

Please leave no trace of your visit. Put all your rubbish in the bins provided.
To help protect our environment, please carefully recycle your rubbish in the bins provided.
Public toilets. ‘Camping our way’ is not using the bush as a toilet – please use onboard or public facilities.
Dump stations – these are places where you can empty your campervan toilet and wastewater.
Yes, you can camp here! Call in to Information centres, Department of Conservation visitor centres and holiday parks and ask about local camping guidelines. Ask a local!