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Freedom camping enforcement to commence in Tauranga

There are a number of reserves, roads and car parks in Tauranga where self-contained mobile homes can freedom camp.

If you want to freedom camp in Tauranga, you must be in a self-contained vehicle that clearly displays NZS5465:2001 certification. If you don’t have a self-contained mobile home with this certification you will need to find a campground. To download the map, factsheet and bylaw please visit the Tauranga City Council's website

If you freedom camp in a permitted location, it must be in the designated area. If the designated area is inaccessible due to infrastructure works, you may not park nearby. You can only stay in any one location for two nights per calendar month. You must park legally and comply with noise requirements.

Freedom campers who does not adhere to these rules, may be issued with a $200 fine.

Freedom camping reserves

There are 27 reserves available for overnight parking; however all have restrictions on spaces and days.

ReserveDaysNumber of spaces
Fergusson ParkFrom Sunday – Thursday onlyThree
Gordon Spratt ReserveFrom Sunday – Thursday onlySix
Greerton ParkFrom Sunday – Thursday onlySix
Macville ParkFrom Sunday – Thursday onlyThree
Mitchell ParkFrom Sunday – Thursday onlyTwo
Pemberton ParkFrom Sunday – Thursday onlyTwo
Waipuna ParkFrom Sunday – Thursday onlyFour
Beach Road Reserveavailable at all timesTwo
Carlton Street Reserveavailable at all timesSix
Cambridge Parkavailable at all timesTwo
Graham Parkavailable at all timesTwo
Harrisons Cutavailable at all timesTwo
Kulim Parkavailable at all timesFive
Marine Parkavailable at all timesSix in summer, 10 in winter
Matua Saltmarshavailable at all timesThree
Maxwells Road Esplanadeavailable at all timesTwo
Memorial Parkavailable at all timesSix
Motiti Reserveavailable at all timesTwo
Omanu Surf Club Car Parkavailable at all timesOne
Papamoa Domainavailable at all timesThree
Rotary Parkavailable at all timesThree
Stella Placeavailable at all timesThree
Sulphur Pointavailable at all timesThree
Taylor Reserveavailable at all timesTwo
Tye Parkavailable at all timesTwo
Waikareao Foreshoreavailable at all timesThree
Whareroa Reserveavailable at all timesSix

Roads and car parks

You can freedom camp on a number of roads and at a number of car parks in the city, but you can’t park in front of a private home or business. Some places you can’t park overnight are:

  • Marine Parade or The Mall, Mount Maunganui
  • Maunganui Road car park or City Council Administration car park
  • any road with a speed limit over 50km/hr or any service lane.

What happens if I break the rules?

Council can issue instant $200 fines to anyone caught breaching the freedom camping bylaw. You may also be liable for prosecution.

Created: 29 May 2017

Last updated: 07 December 2017