Kaikoura welcomes responsible campers

Responsible Freedom Camping

Kaikoura welcomes those who camp responsibly. We ask all campers to treat our environment with respect and not to leave rubbish or human waste behind them. All campers using public land (freedom camping) must be self contained or have easy access to toilets. 

Freedom camping is prohibited on Council Reserves and in the South Bay Recreation Reserve.  Freedom camping is discouraged throughout the peninsular, town and all residential areas. 

Over the last few years Kaikoura District Council has been working towards finding a sustainable, permanent and positive solution to ensuring those who camp in Kaikoura do so responsibly. Council is forming a Responsible Camping Working Group to work together to agree how camping should be managed in Kaikoura, including looking at camping sites and how camping can be a positive part of our districts future.


Contact Us

If you require further information or wish to make a complaint about freedom camping, please contact us or phone 03 319 5026.

Last updated: 24 May 2018