Introduction

See the areas on public conservation land were freedom camping is prohibited or restricted to self contained vehicles.

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.

On this page:

Northland

Kaitaia

Whangārei area

Kauri Coast

Bay of Islands

Auckland

North Auckland

Coromandel

Waikato

Waikato area

Waitomo/Pureroa

East Coast

Gisborne

Te Urewera

Central North Island

Tūrangi/Taupō

Ruapehu

Manawatu/Whanganui

Whanganui

Taranaki

Hawke's Bay

Wellington/Kapiti 

Wellington

Kapiti

Nelson/Tasman

Nelson Lakes

Motueka

Marlborough

South Marlborough

Sounds

Canterbury

North Cantebury & Arthur's Pass

Christchurch & Banks Peninsula

Mid & South Canterbury

Aoraki/Mount Cook

Mackenzie Country & Waitaki

West Coast

Buller

Greymouth

South Westland

Glaciers

Otago

Wanaka/Makarora

Coastal Otago

Queenstown/Wakatipu

Fiordland

Northern Fiordland

Eastern Fiordland

Southland

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