Freedom Camping in New Zealand

In late 2011, we changed our laws on freedom camping in New Zealand.

There are still plenty of places where you can pull over and have a sleep, but have a look out for sign before you do, or you could face a $200 fine. 

If you’re in a Lucky Ranger or Lucky Rover, you won’t have to worry about any of this, because it’s self contained. Take a look at this table to see where you can camp. If you’re still unsure, ask a local, they’re pretty keen to help you out.

Can I camp at: Lucky Ranger or Lucky Rover Lucky Rookie or Lucky Roadie
DOC Campsites Yes Yes
Holiday Parks Yes Yes
Designated campsites with a toilet Yes Yes
Designated campsites without a toilet Yes No

If you do end up freedom camping, stick to these guidelines to stay out of trouble.

Freedom Camping Guidelines 

Freedom Camping dos and donts