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 coordinates a Responsible Camping Working Group that is working 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.



Last updated: 5 September 2018