With hundreds of options to choose from, we encourage you to stay in Holiday Parks, Department of Conservation campsites and huts or other designated camping areas during your visit to Northland. 

You'll be impressed with the options, from beachfront sites at some of Northland's most picturesque beaches, campgrounds on one of the most popular islands in the Bay of Islands, or peaceful riverside parks between lush forests. 

Although freedom camping is permitted in many places in New Zealand, the rules vary in each community. There are a number of freedom camping sites around Northland however some are available only to self-contained vehicles and a number have restrictions on length of stay particularly in the summer. To be certain about local camping guidelines, we recommend you ask at an i-SITE information centre, Department of Conservation visitor centre or holiday park before you stop for the night, or download a New Zealand camping app like CamperMate.

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Planning to go Freedom Camping in Northland?

If you plan on freedom camping this summer in Northland, please take note that some additional sites are prohibited that are on public conservation land managed by Te Papa Atawhai Department of Conservation.

These sites include: 


Planning your Freedom Camping Trip

The best place to check out the rules around Freedom Camping in Tai Tokerau Northland is on the Department of Conservation website.
Freedom camping: Stay at a DOC campsite

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