Responsible Freedom Camping

Kaikōura 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. 

Over the last few years Kaikōura District Council has been working towards finding a sustainable, permanent and positive solution to ensuring those who camp in Kaikōura do so responsibly. Council coordinates a Responsible Camping Working Group that is working together to agree how camping should be managed in Kaikōura.


Draft Responsible Freedom Camping Bylaw Consultation

The bylaw will be the key tool used by Council and the community to deal with cultural, environmental and health and safety concerns. As long as no legal challenges arise, the proposed bylaw should be in force by the end of 2019. Read more and check out our interactive map.

3 May 2019