Free Camping / Wild Camping in New Zealand

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Camping in New Zealand is an extremely popular activity for New Zealanders and overseas visitors, as many camping grounds are located in some of the most beautiful and scenic areas of the country. Tents, caravans, campervans and motorhomes are pitched and parked in campsites and holiday parks throughout the year.Freedom camping is not illegal in New Zealand,

Freedom camping or free camping is the practice of putting up tents or parking up campervans in areas not designated for camping. Free camping typically means that freedom campers cannot access facilities such as clean drinking water, toilets (either flushing or long drop) and waste disposal facilities. Free camping appeals to campers, especially those on a tight budget because it offers the ultimate in ‘cheap camping’. In New Zealand, freedom campers tend to use laybys, picnic areas and very remote spots.

Freedom camping is not illegal in New Zealand, but local bye-laws can specifically restrict it in certain areas and free campers not complying with notices can be fined. If you do end up free camping in New Zealand, do try to follow the following guidelines: New Zealand, Free Camping, Tourism. Motorhome rental New Zealand

•Make sure you park your campervan or pitch your tent in a safe area, well away from traffic.
•If possible, try to camp near to a public toilet block, where you can use the toilets and sinks (sometimes showers).
•Keep your car or motorhome doors locked at night.wild camping new zealand•Portable fuel stoves are less harmful to the environment and are more efficient than fires. If you really have to make a fire, keep it small, use only dead wood and make sure it is out by dousing it with water and checking the ashes before you leave.
•Improper disposal of toilet waste can contaminate water, damage the environment and is culturally offensive. Use disposal facilities where provided or bury waste in a shallow hole at least 50 metres away from waterways.
•When cleaning and washing, take the water and wash well away from the water source. As soaps and detergents are harmful to water life, drain used water into the soil to allow it to be filtered.
•If you suspect water to be contaminated, either boil it for at least three minutes, or filter it, or chemically treat it.
•Litter is unattractive, harmful to wildlife and pollutes water. Try to reduce the amount of rubbish you produce and take all your litter with you.
•Camp carefully and respect the environment and other visitors – leave no trace of your visit, nothing but footprints as the old adage goes.