Funding for summer 2020/21

Following on from the success of last summer, the Government has announced that a further $8 million is being made available to continue to help encourage responsible camping around New Zealand.

The summer 2020/21 responsible camping funding will be available for additional operating costs, campsite maintenance, education, monitoring and enforcement projects, ambassador programmes, as well as temporary facilities like showers and toilets, and camping hubs.

The funding will not be available for capital costs, permanent infrastructure or vehicles.

Timing for the responsible camping funding round:

  • 17 August 2020 - criteria and application process available on the MBIE website.
  • 17 August 2020 – responsible camping funding round opens
  • 28 August 2020 – funding round closes
  • Mid-September 2020 – successful programmes announced
  • Summer 2020/21– successful programmes to be up and running


Funding will be subject to the following principles:

  • Initiatives must be in place for the 2020/21 peak season,
  • Initiatives must be for campsite maintenance, education, monitoring and enforcement and/or ambassador programmes and temporary facilities for the summer like showers and toilets,
  • Funding will not be available for permanent infrastructure or vehicle hire,
  • Funding will not be provided for initiatives that are in direct competition with the commercial sector,
  • Regional and inter-agency initiatives are promoted,
  • Staffing costs are consistent throughout the country
  • Initiatives will be funded for a maximum six-month period only (Labour Weekend to Anzac Weekend), although peak season will vary between regions, and
  • All initiatives will be subject to a post-season review to determine their effectiveness or otherwise.

Local authorities who request funding for monitoring and enforcement activities are encouraged to take an ambassador approach, educating campers on responsibilities and promoting compliant behaviour.

Local authorities are encourages to pilot new and innovative approaches to address the issues caused by freedom camping that can be shared potentially with ither Councils. They should identify initiatives that would maintain social licence, and reduce the negative environmental impacts of unmanaged freedom camping.


A downloadable Application Form is below:

Responsible Camping Application Form [DOCX, 97 KB]

All applications and any supplementary information must be sent by email to

Last updated: 17 August 2020