Freedom camping

Find out what freedom camping is and where in the region you're allowed to stay.

Freedom camping is the common term for camping at locations without specific camping facilities such as toilets, showers and cooking facilities. This page provides a guide for freedom campers who intend to travel through the Tasman District. 

Get maps and read the freedom camping bylaw 2017  

The purpose of the bylaw is to:

  • Ensure appropriate access to local areas is maintained and protected,
  • Protect, promote, and maintain public health and safety,
  • To protect the areas where people may freedom camp,
  • Provide transparency for those wishing to freedom camp in the district,
  • Encourage a positive experience for campers and local residents.

Download: Tasman District Council Freedom Camping Bylaw 2017(external link)

Freedom camping questions or issues   

If you have any questions or issues about freedom camping please contact us.

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