Please stay in Holiday Parks, Department of Conservation campsites and huts or other designated areas during your visit to Northland – there are hundreds of options.

Freedom camping is permitted in many places in New Zealand but the rules vary in each community. Signs will usually indicate where you are not allowed to camp. 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.

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Where can people camp in New Zealand?

Restrictions on camping vary in each region. In some areas people can camp with relative freedom but in other places camping is restricted to selected areas. It’s up to each community to manage camping in ways that are appropriate for them. Many councils have bylaws to control freedom camping.

If in doubt, always ask

As well as the website, you can always ask where to camp at an i-SITE Visitor Centre, holiday park or Department of Conservation Visitor Centre. There are more camping options for fully self-contained vehicles (those with a toilet, shower or grey water storage).

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