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Freedom camping

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.

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 camper vehicles also need to be self-contained.

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

Freedom camping reserves

There are 25 reserves available for overnight parking; however all have restrictions on spaces and days.

Reserve Days Number of spaces
Fergusson Park From Sunday – Thursday only Three
Gordon Spratt Reserve From Sunday – Thursday only Six
Greerton Park From Sunday – Thursday only Six
Mitchell Park From Sunday – Thursday only Two
Pemberton Park From Sunday – Thursday only Two
Waipuna Park From Sunday – Thursday only Four
Beach Road Reserve available at all times Two
Carlton Street Reserve available at all times Eight
Cambridge Park available at all times Six
Graham Park available at all times Two
Harrisons Cut available at all times Two
Kulim Park available at all times Two
Marine Park 1 available at all times Eight
Marine Park 2 available at all times Three
Matua Saltmarsh available at all times Three
Maxwells Road Esplanade available at all times Two
Memorial Park available at all times Six
Motiti Reserve available at all times Two
Rotary Park available at all times Three
Stella Place available at all times Three
Taylor Reserve available at all times Two
Tye Park available at all times Two
Waikareao Foreshore available at all times Three
Whareroa Reserve available at all times Four
Mount Greens car park available between 8pm and 7am Ten

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.
  • Macville Park
  • Omanu Surf Club car park, 
  • Sulphur Point 
  • Cliff Road car park 
  • Greerton Road car park, 
  • Turret Road
  • Shadelands Lane
  • Ocean Downs Reserve
  • Papamoa Domain

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. Our freedom camping bylaw sets out all of the places you can and cannot park. 

Pay freedom camping infringement online

Freedom Camping Bylaw 2019 (36.6mb pdf)


Last Reviewed: 03/07/2019
 

 
 

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