Freedom Camping in New Zealand

In 2024, our laws on freedom camping in New Zealand is changing.

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 Rambler you won’t have to worry about any of this, because it’s self certified 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. In general, you can only freedom camp on local authority land if your vehicle is certified self-contained. Lucky Rentals recommends downloading Campermate onto your phone or tablet for full information on where you can camp.

Can I camp at: Lucky Rambler Lucky Rover Lucky Rodeo
DOC Campsites (unless required) Yes Yes Yes
Holiday Parks Yes Yes Yes
Local authority land not requiring self containment Yes Yes Yes
Local authority land requiring self containment Yes Yes (until 7 December 2024) 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