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 2018/2019 peak summer season.

The following council projects have been awarded funding for the 2018/19 season.

Buller District Council

$580,000 for:

  • camping infrastructure
  • monitoring and compliance staffing costs
  • education and signage
  • an incentive scheme to encourage people driving vehicles that are not self-contained to use camp grounds.


$400,000 for:

  • a pilot camera solution paired with AI which provides real-time data to freedom campers by way of a mobile app in existing sites and extending it to additional sites for 2018/19 peak season.

Central Otago District Council

$297,000 for:

  • toilets
  • signage
  • vehicle counters
  • fencing and monitoring
  • compliance at 3 sites at Lake Dunstan.

Christchurch City Council

$415,000 for:

  • extra toilet facilities at New Brighton Beach
  • visitor information and education, including signage
  • monitoring and compliance across the city council region, including Akaroa.

Dunedin City Council

$79,000 for:

  • increased monitoring of camping across the city
  • a community host trial
  • infringement management
  • additional bins and portaloos.

Far North District Council


  • for toilet facilities
  • to develop a camping facility with the Department of Conservation on the Karikari Peninsula.

Grey District Council

$850,000 for:

  • recycling collection facilities
  • infrastructure investments, and associated operating costs.

Hastings District Council

$190,000 to install a range of extra facilities at Haumoana Domain.

Invercargill City Council

$31,000 for monitoring and education, and to provide information to campers.

Mackenzie and Waitaki District Councils

$548,000 for

  • toilets
  • signage
  • vehicle counters
  • fencing and monitoring
  • compliance at various sites along State Highway 8, including Lindis Pass, Ahuriri Bridge, Lake Poaka and Pattersons Ponds.

Marlborough District Council

$195,000 for projects that include:

  • an upgrade of car parks at popular locations such as Collins Memorial Reserve, Double Bay and Ohingaroa
  • installation of temporary toilet facilities and additional signage.

New Plymouth District Council

$156,000 for extra facilities at Waiwhakaiho River mouth and a relocatable toilet and shower unit.

Opotiki District Council

$50,000 for toilet facilities, signage and additional monitoring and compliance capacity.

Queenstown Lakes District Council

$530,000 for:

  • 2 camping hubs
  • new signage
  • education and information for campers
  • an increased monitoring and compliance regime.

Rangitikei District Council

$75,000 for toilet and rubbish facilities at Queens Park, Hunterville.

Rotorua Lakes Council

$69,000 for projects with a specific focus on monitoring and data collection.

Selwyn District Council

$230,000 for:

  • toilet facilities at Lake Selfe and Lake Georgina
  • camping system management
  • signage
  • data collection.

South Waikato District Council

$428,000 for:

  • shower blocks
  • barbeques and shelters
  • solar lighting
  • rubbish bins
  • monitoring and enforcement.

Tasman District Council

$362,875 for:

  • monitoring and enforcement
  • new facilities and improvements at areas including Decks Reserve, Alexander Bluff and Waitapu Bridge.

Taupo District Council

$225,000 for:

  • an information, education and compliance system for campers across the district
  • waste facilities, security, toilets, and cleaning at a site in Taupo.

Tauranga City Council

$150,000 for:

  • education and information for campers
  • monitoring and enforcement
  • infrastructure investments including signage, rubbish and recycling stations.

Timaru District Council

$36,000 for extra toilet facilities, site maintenance and information boards.

Waikato District Council

$91,000 to resolve camping issues at Te Kauwhata and Onewhero Domain.

Waitomo District Council

$269,000 for:

  • cooking and bathroom camping facilities at Te Kuiti
  • temporary toilet facilities at Mokau township during 2018/19, ahead of more permanent facilities being installed.

Western Bay of Plenty District Council


  • to establish a KiwiCamp facility
  • for mart compactor bins
  • for additional monitoring capacity across the district.

Westland District Council

$780,000 for:

  • new camping facilities and associated operating costs for peak season
  • education and enforcement.

Whakatane District Council

$100,000 for a range of investments at Port Ohope, Maraetotara Reserve and McAlister Street Carpark with a particular focus on rubbish bins and rodent control.

Whangarei District Council

$300,000 for:

  • infrastructure investments across a range of site
  • monitoring and enforcement initiatives.