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.
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."
Use recycling facilities whenever they are available to help protect our environment.
Download the free Campermate(opens in new window) app to find campsites, toilets and waste stations. It also includes lots of other helpful information such as tips from other travelers and areas with WiFi access.
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