Supporting sustainable freedom camping in Aotearoa New Zealand

We are currently focused on the proposed legislative changes to support the effective management of freedom camping in New Zealand.

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Freedom camping changes

The Self-Contained Motor Vehicles Legislation Bill is currently being considered by the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Committee.

Transition Fund for Local Authorities

The government has provided $10 million ($5 million each year) through the Freedom Camping Transition Fund to support local authorities to undertake activities relating to the transition to the new freedom camping rules during 2022/23 and 2023/24. This funding is contestable.

Responsible Camping Working Group

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

Freedom camping data

Analysis of freedom 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 freedom camping provides financial benefits for New Zealand

Last updated: 08 September 2022