Responsible freedom camping can be a popular choice for some New Zealand visitors; but while it is free of charge, it is not free of responsibility.
Responsible freedom camping is camping in a tent, campervan or motor vehicle on public land, on a site with minimal or no facilities, such as toilets or showers.
There are over 500 responsible freedom camping locations in New Zealand, each with different rules and regulations. However, there are some basic rules that all responsible freedom campers must follow.
1. Camping on private property is not permitted.
2. Visitors must have their own toilets, fresh water and waste systems, unless provided by the campsite.
3. Leaving behind litter and human waste is strictly prohibited at any location.
4. Emptying of on-board toilets is only permissible at legal Dump Stations, generally found in holiday parks.
Remember that camping in prohibited areas and the illegal dumping of waste can result in hefty fines.
No freedom camping allowed
Freedom camping overnight is prohibited at sites displaying no camping signs.
Dispose of rubbish responsibly
Respect the environment by taking away all waste, ensuring you leave the camping area clean for those who come afterwards.
As Native American Chief Seattle said: "Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints."