Responsible camping

Camping is a great way to experience New Zealand. Most campers are respectful and bring welcome economic benefits to our regions.

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Responsible Camping Funding Recipients

The government has committed $8 million to fund projects that will help councils manage freedom camping in their regions during the 2020/21 peak summer season.

Responsible Camping Working Group

The Responsible Camping Working Group includes representatives from local and central government, and tourism sector agencies.

Responsible camping data

Analysis of responsible camping by international visitors in New Zealand

Results of the 2019/20 summer research into Responsible Camping

Research commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment into the 2019/20 summer season found that responsible camping provides financial benefits for New Zealand

Allocation of Responsible Camping Funding

Responsible Camping Funding

Rounds 1-2 (funding allocation by region)

Grand Total: $16.2 million

Map showing funding allocation by region in the Responsible Camping Funding round 1-2.
Responsible Camping Funding 
Region Round 1 Round 2 Grand Total
Auckland   $201,360 $201,360
Bay of Plenty $709,000 $616,672 $1,325,672
Canterbury $1,229,000 $1,310,455 $2,539,455
Gisborne   $325,905 $325,905
Hawke's Bay $190,000 $226,115 $416,115
Manawatu-Whanganui $75,000 $109,595 $184,595
Marlborough $195,000 $183,610 $378,610
Nationwide $400,000 $318,550 $718,550
Nelson   $256,878 $256,878
Northland $647,000 $533,500 $1,180,500
Otago $906,000 $1,327,435 $2,233,435
Southland $31,000   $31,000
Taranaki $156,000   $156,000
Tasman $362,875 $168,080 $530,955
Waikato $1,013,000 $1,449,026 $2,462,026
Wellington-Wairarapa   $145,000 $145,000
West Coast $2,210,000 $893,372 $3,103,372
Grand Total $8,123,875 $8,065,553 $16,189,428