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Auckland Council

Freedom Camping Bylaw 2015

This bylaw sets restrictions around freedom camping, to ensure our spaces can be enjoyed by all.

You should know

Council consulted the public on a proposed Freedom Camping in Vehicles Bylaw in 2019. In response to public feedback, Auckland Council has deferred a final decision on that proposal while it receives advice on alternative proposals.

If the council proposes a new bylaw, there will be further public consultation on this in 2020/21 before any final decision is made.

About the rules for freedom camping

The current rules prohibit freedom camping, except in designated areas. Any freedom camping in designated areas must be in accordance with any conditions applicable for that area.

Freedom camping is currently allowed at the following sites, subject to campers complying with all site rules (Note: these sites may change after the introduction of any new bylaw):

  • Port Albert Domain, Rodney
  • Matheson Bay, Rodney
  • Sunburst Reserve, Snell’s Beach
  • Sunrise Boulevard, Snell’s Beach
  • Parry Kauri Park, Warkworth
  • Hatfield's Beach, Orewa
  • Gulf Harbour car park, Whangaparaoa
  • Hamilton's Gap, Awhitu
  • Te Toro Reserve, Pollok
  • Waiuku Service Centre, Waiuku
  • Rosa Birch car park, Pukekohe

Get a copy of the current rules and conditions