Introduction

See public conservation areas where freedom camping is not allowed or restricted to self contained vehicles only, and where other conditions apply.

Highlights

Note: There are some DOC administered reserves where freedom camping is allowed for self-contained vehicles only. They are listed on this page. For all other DOC administered reserves, even if not listed here, freedom camping is prohibited under section 44 (1) of the Reserves Act.

Search for free campsites.

Current sites where freedom camping is prohibited or restricted 

Interactive map of prohibited and restricted areas.

On this page:

Northland

Auckland

Coromandel

Waikato

East Coast

Central North Island

Tūrangi/Taupō

Ruapehu

Manawatu/Whanganui

Taranaki

Hawke's Bay

Wairarapa

Wellington/Kapiti 

Nelson/Tasman

Marlborough

Canterbury

West Coast

Otago

Coastal Otago

Queenstown/Wakatipu

Wanaka/Makarora

Fiordland

Southland

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