Responsible Camping

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Under the Responsible Freedom Camping bylaw 2019, all council owned or managed land in the district is either; a prohibited area, a permitted area (with restrictions) or a designated responsible camping site. 

Camping in tents is not permitted. All vehicles used for camping must display a current self-containment warrant issued under New Zealand Standard Self Containment of Motor Caravans and Caravans, NZS 5465:2001. The associated certificate must be made available on request.

The bylaw does not cover private land, DOC land, KiwiRail or NZTA land. 

The Bylaw, rules and maps 

Printer-friendly summary of the rules 


Frequently Asked Questions

Responsible camping research

Council has commissioned research to understand the value that visitors who camp for free bring to the District and how Responsible Camping could be developed in a sustainable manner as an element of the broader tourism industry. The research involves online visitor, community and business surveys, and aligns to the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (national level) summer research on Responsible Camping. The research is being conducted by the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute based at the Auckland University of Technology (NZTRI). The results are expected in April 2020.

The visitor survey is underway between now and February 2020. It will provide a clearer picture of the economic impact, behaviours, and motivations of those who camp for free during a visit to Kaikōura.  Data collection has begun and will run from December 2019 through to the end of February 2020.

The business survey will be carried out in February 2020. It will focus on capacity issues, economic linkages, challenges and opportunities, as well as general perceptions and attitudes towards further development of Responsible Camping in Kaikōura.

The community survey will also be carried out in February. It will provide insights into residents attitudes towards those who camp for free and perceptions of the benefits and costs they bring to their area.

Useful links 

4 December 2019