Freedom camping is allowed on some sections of public conservation land (these are owned by the Department of Conservation aka DOC), the doc sites that allow camping will be clearly signposted. There are also sections of land that are owned by local councils that allow camping.

There are HEAPS (lots) of these FREE campsites around NZ. When Sammy the owner and operator at RatPack last visited NZ he only stayed in 5 paid campsites (for a hot shower) over a 6-week trip!

In order to stay at these freedom camping spots you will require a campervan that is ‘self-contained’. When we explain the options to you we will always go over which ones are classed as ‘self-contained’.


Lydia Collins – UK
February 21, 2022