JUCY has worked with 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


Please stay in Holiday ParksDepartment of Conservation camping grounds or other designated areas.

Where can you camp?

Fully self contained

Non self contained

1. DOC Campsites Yes Yes
2. Holiday Parks Yes Yes
3. Designated camping sites with a toilet Yes Yes
4. Designated camping sites without a toilet Yes No

If in doubt, assume nothing – always ask here:

sign holiday park sign i site sign doc

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 there are 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 an unfriendly welcome or even face fines.



The best place to find information about where you can camp and what procedures to follow is from those who know the area. Please ask at i-SITE Visitor Information Centres, Department of Conservation Visitor Centres and local Holiday Parks for more information specific to camping in the area.


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.


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


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


icon1 Please leave no trace of your visit. Put all your rubbish in the bins provided.
icon2 To help protect our environment, please carefully recycle your rubbish in the bins provided.
icon3 Public toilets. ‘Camping our way’ is not using the bush as a toilet – please use onboard or public facilities.
icon4 Dump stations – these are places where you can empty your campervan toilet and wastewater.
icon5 Yes, you can camp here! Call in to i-SITE Information centres, Department of Conservation visitor centres and holiday parks and ask about local camping guidelines. Ask a local!


Some regions have developed information to help you find out more about camping in their area. Remember though, if the information isn’t listed here, always ask a local!

• Far North District Council • Hurunui District Council
• Thames Coromandel District Council • Christchurch City Council
• Tauranga City Council • Grey District Council
• Gisborne District Council • Westland District Council
• Rotorua District Council • Mackenzie District Council
• Hastings District Council • Queenstown Lakes District Council
 Tasman District Council • Clutha District Council
• Nelson City Council GUIDE TO ALL REGIONS
• Kaikoura District Council