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Freedom Camping

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This page contains information and guidelines for visitors about freedom camping in the district.
Updated: 25/10/2016 11:40 a.m.

Freedom camping is generally used to describe camping activities in public places that are not paid campgrounds,  and do not provide specific camping related facilities.  Freedom camping is not short-term daytime parking of a vehicle or ‘day-trip’ excursions, nor does it include resting or sleeping at a roadside to avoid driver fatigue.

Our District is blessed with an outstanding coastline and natural features which attract visitors year round and a large number of them are campers using tents, caravans and campervans/mobile homes.

Proposed Freedom Camping Bylaw

In August 2016 Council determined to stop the current Bylaw development process and further review options for the Bylaw. Council staff are developing a new proposal for Council's consideration. This will be presented to Council after the 2016/2017 summer.

General guidelines

There are a number of licensed camping grounds in the district which provide a range of facilities, and visitors are encouraged to use these.

We support the use of certified self-contained campervans where visitors can enjoy our scenery while also properly managing their waste.  Camping in tents and campervans without a certified self-containment certificate is not permitted in reserves, even if there is a public toilet close by.

We ask that freedom campers respect the environment, taking only photographs and leaving only footprints.

  • Leave sites in a clean and tidy state, dispose of rubbish appropriately.
  • Control any dogs travelling with you and comply with the rules of our Dog Control Bylaw.
  • There are liquor bans in place along the entire coast of the district extending 300 metres inland from the high tide mark.  This bylaw is enforced by the Police.
  • Having respect for neighbours and other users.

Council dump stations

Waste water from campervans should only be disposed of in approved dump stations.  The locations of Council’s dump stations are:

  • Whangarei City - Wastewater treatment plant on Kioreroa Road.
  • Ngunguru - Sewer pump station/toilet block in Te Maika Road (Northern of Ngunguru opposite the School).
  • Langs Beach - Toilet block at the western end of Langs Beach on Cove Road just before Hector Lang Drive. 



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