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Gisborne bolsters freedom camping officers following funding
2 Dec 2022  

Gisborne bolsters freedom camping officers following funding

The government has awarded Gisborne District Council $128,000 for the recruitment of three part-time staff who will regulate and manage freedom camping in the Tairāwhiti region during summer.


DOC to start ‘pack in, pack out’ waste policy at northern campgrounds
8 Nov 2022  

DOC to start ‘pack in, pack out’ waste policy at northern campgrounds

The Department of Conservation is introducing a ‘pack in, pack out’ waste management policy for its campgrounds in the wider Whangarei area.


New freedom camping sites proposed for Marlborough
27 Sep 2022  

New freedom camping sites proposed for Marlborough

Marlborough District Council is calling for public feedback on eight proposed freedom camping sites across the region.


Freedom camping bill opens for public feedback
2 Sep 2022  

Freedom camping bill opens for public feedback

Public feedback is now open for the proposed Self-contained Motor Vehicles Legislation Bill.


Watch: Freedom camping bill debate
1 Sep 2022   /

Watch: Freedom camping bill debate

A new national register of self-contained vehicles accessible by the public will be established, says Tourism Minister Stuart Nash.


Legislation introduced to tackle freedom camping impacts
25 Aug 2022   /

Legislation introduced to tackle freedom camping impacts

The government has introduced its Self-contained Motor Vehicle Legislation Bill, which it says will address the environmental and social impacts of freedom camping.


Nash “smearing responsible campers with the same toilet brush” – RCA
8 Aug 2022   /

Nash “smearing responsible campers with the same toilet brush” – RCA

The Responsible Campers Association has called Tourism Minister Stuart Nash’s efforts to crack down on freedom camping because it “smears a lot of responsible Kiwi campers with the same (toilet) brush”.


‘Vallery’ art camper celebrates Coastal Arts Trail
3 Aug 2022   /

‘Vallery’ art camper celebrates Coastal Arts Trail

A campervan has been transformed into a fully-curated art gallery featuring 26 New Zealand artists and 50 works.


Campers group seeks changes to freedom pooping law
5 Jul 2022  

Campers group seeks changes to freedom pooping law

The Responsible Campers Association is pushing for a law change to minimise the ‘visible after effects’ from people going to the toilet in public.


Marlborough to consult further on freedom camping
21 Apr 2022   /

Marlborough to consult further on freedom camping

Marlborough District Council is not satisfied that restrictions on six proposed freedom camping areas are necessary under the Draft Responsible Camping Bylaw 2022.


ComCom seeks feedback on Camplify acquisition of Mighway, SHAREaCamper
4 Feb 2022   /

ComCom seeks feedback on Camplify acquisition of Mighway, SHAREaCamper

The Commerce Commission has opened public submissions on the proposed acquisition of THL’s Mighway and SHAREaCamper by Camplify.


Renewed calls for enquiry into freedom camping
3 Feb 2022  

Renewed calls for enquiry into freedom camping

Responsible Campers Association is renewing calls for an enquiry into freedom camping in New Zealand.


New motorhome park for Foxton
21 Jan 2022  

New motorhome park for Foxton

The NZ Motorhome Caravan Association has opened a new motorhome park at the Foxton Racing Club as more camper vans explore the town.


Forget freedom camping, Nash should be helping operators survive – Nats
15 Dec 2021  

Forget freedom camping, Nash should be helping operators survive – Nats

The government’s priority should be saving tourism businesses struggling to pay their bills and survive, rather than passing regulation on campervans, says National’s tourism spokesperson Todd McClay.  


Queenstown, Marlborough in freedom camping moves
15 Dec 2021   /

Queenstown, Marlborough in freedom camping moves

Queenstown Lakes District Council will vote on its proposed Freedom Camping Bylaw 2021 tomorrow, Thursday 16 December.


DOC urges responsible camping this summer
13 Dec 2021   /

DOC urges responsible camping this summer

The Department of Conservation says it is preparing to host around 60,000 campers over the summer and is asking people to be respectful and responsible while it works to keep them safe.


NZMCA launches Local Deals for businesses
8 Dec 2021   /

NZMCA launches Local Deals for businesses

The New Zealand Motor Caravan Association is launching an initiative to allow businesses to promote themselves to the organisation’s 109,000+ members.


MBIE to hold freedom camping webinars
7 Dec 2021  

MBIE to hold freedom camping webinars

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is hosting webinars for people to learn about the government’s proposed freedom camping changes.


Freedom camping bill doesn’t go far enough – Nats
6 Dec 2021   /

Freedom camping bill doesn’t go far enough – Nats

The government’s proposed restrictions on freedom camping do not do enough to protect, says National MP Maureen Pugh.


TIA, HPNZ welcome freedom camping rules changes
1 Dec 2021  

TIA, HPNZ welcome freedom camping rules changes

Proposed new freedom camping laws are an opportunity to ease community concerns and create a stronger approach to managing camping around the country, Tourism Industry Aotearoa says.


Govt unveils freedom camping rules, hikes fines to $1000
30 Nov 2021   /

Govt unveils freedom camping rules, hikes fines to $1000

New freedom camping laws will be introduced to help small communities and protect visitor destinations, says tourism minister Stuart Nash.


Forget freedom camping, Kāpiti saddles up for horse camping
18 Nov 2021  

Forget freedom camping, Kāpiti saddles up for horse camping

Kāpiti Coast District Council will fund the temporary hire of a portable shower and toilet block at the Ōtaki Māori Racing Club to create an area for horse camping over summer.


More freedom camping restrictions for Christchurch
17 Nov 2021  

More freedom camping restrictions for Christchurch

People freedom camping in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula will face a new restrictions this summer.


Marlborough to review freedom camping bylaw
16 Nov 2021  

Marlborough to review freedom camping bylaw

Marlborough District Council is reviewing its Responsible Camping Control Bylaw 2020.


Facilities close for loo review
1 Nov 2021   /

Facilities close for loo review

Campers organising trips to campsites between Wanaka and Makarora over summer may need to adjust their plans, says the Department of Conservation.


Demand strong for Tairawhiti camping
20 Oct 2021  

Demand strong for Tairawhiti camping

More than 60 permits have already been applied for as camping season gets underway this Labour Weekend in Tairāwhiti.


New freedom camping rules for Gisborne
24 Sep 2021  

New freedom camping rules for Gisborne

A new freedom camping bylaw in Gisborne means several changes will be implemented from this season, says Gisborne District Council.


Call for freedom camping bill to go to select committee
23 Sep 2021  

Call for freedom camping bill to go to select committee

A freedom camping bill coming before the parliament should be sent to select committee for debate, says Federated Farmers.


QLDC set to approve new draft of freedom camping bylaw
29 Jul 2021  

QLDC set to approve new draft of freedom camping bylaw

Queenstown Lakes District councillors will meet today to approve a proposed draft for an update to freedom camping regulations in the region.


DOC closes Heaphy Track because of storm damage
22 Jul 2021   /

DOC closes Heaphy Track because of storm damage

DOC says repair work underway but no estimate available for when the iconic track might be re-opened.


Whanganui calls for feedback on freedom camping bylaw
15 Jul 2021  

Whanganui calls for feedback on freedom camping bylaw

New rules aim to restrict number of nights, number of vehicles, and allow only self-contained vehicles.


QLDC seeks freedom camping feedback
6 Jul 2021   /

QLDC seeks freedom camping feedback

Queenstown Lakes District Council is seeking feedback on freedom camping in the district via a survey.


Responsible camper group cries foul about bill
6 Jul 2021  

Responsible camper group cries foul about bill

An advocacy group wants an inquiry into the freedom camping situation in New Zealand after a related members’ bill on the matter was picked from the ballot last week.


New bill proposes tougher freedom camping rules
2 Jul 2021  

New bill proposes tougher freedom camping rules

More stringent freedom camping restrictions are on the cards if a members’ bill drawn from the ballot Thursday makes its way into law.


DOC launches new campsite pass
2 Jul 2021  

DOC launches new campsite pass

New pass for campers rather than hut users, with aim to boost use off-peak.


Visits to Lake Dunstan campsites up 15% – LINZ
22 Jun 2021  

Visits to Lake Dunstan campsites up 15% – LINZ

Around 10,000 more people used free campsites at four locations.


A little light, a lot of questions at freedom camping consultation
23 Apr 2021   /

A little light, a lot of questions at freedom camping consultation

Submissions on new freedom camping proposals due 16 May.


More meetings set for freedom camping proposals
23 Apr 2021  

More meetings set for freedom camping proposals

Further public meetings have been scheduled for the government to consult on its new freedom camping proposals.


Freedom camping consultation public meetings start
20 Apr 2021  

Freedom camping consultation public meetings start

Consultation on the government’s freedom camping propopsals is starting with public meetings from today, Tuesday 20 April.


Who should pay to enforce new freedom camping rules?
12 Apr 2021  

Who should pay to enforce new freedom camping rules?

The Govt is proposing industry picks up more of the bill for freedom camping enforcement.


DOC closes campsite after asbestos found
7 Apr 2021  

DOC closes campsite after asbestos found

The Department of Conservation has temporarily closed the campsite at Awaroa/Godley Head near Lyttelton after dangerous levels of asbestos was found nearby.


Nash re-prioritises $13m from TIF for regions under stress
1 Apr 2021   /

Nash re-prioritises $13m from TIF for regions under stress

The regions hardest-hit by the slump in international tourism will get priority.


‘Trapped’ tourists drive retailer’s earnings up
23 Mar 2021  

‘Trapped’ tourists drive retailer’s earnings up

The company has been able to capitalize on campers, surfers, rock climbers and kayakers trapped in NZ and Australia with time and income.


…as he puts freedom camping, IVL, DOC pricing on hit-list
19 Mar 2021  

…as he puts freedom camping, IVL, DOC pricing on hit-list

Tourism minister Stuart Nash outlines his vision for tourism once international visitors returns which would include policy and sectoral changes.


ADP: Kiwis go camping in January
1 Mar 2021   /

ADP: Kiwis go camping in January

Campgrounds helped drive occupancy up across the country, according to the Accommodation Data Programme.


Coromandel camping fines fall following funding
16 Feb 2021  

Coromandel camping fines fall following funding

Less litter, cleaner public toilets, happier visitors and more promotion of the Coromandel were the successful outcomes of the $656,566 Responsible Camping Fund granted to Thames-Coromandel District Council.


DOC urges campers to ‘tread lightly’ over Waitangi weekend
5 Feb 2021   /

DOC urges campers to ‘tread lightly’ over Waitangi weekend

DOC is reminding people to tread lightly and follow the rules at camping spots this Waitangi weekend, such Fiordland’s Mavora Lakes.


Gisborne camping permits pitch up 20%
26 Jan 2021  

Gisborne camping permits pitch up 20%

Gisborne District Council has issued 20% more permits for camping areas this season compared to last, as both domestic tourists and locals take a summer break on the East Coast.


Queenstown campground operators appointed
18 Dec 2020   /

Queenstown campground operators appointed

A “comprehensive redevelopment” is in store after Queenstown Lakes District Council granted a lease over land for Frankton Campground.


Kennedy Park preps for summer with new facilities
17 Dec 2020  

Kennedy Park preps for summer with new facilities

Construction of Kennedy Park Resort’s new bathroom, kitchen and laundry facilities have been completed.