Freedom Camping and KiwiCamp
Freedom campers asked to stay at specific sites for lockdown
Freedom camping sites will be closing across Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty today, and remaining campers are asked to base themselves at the closest of three remaining freedom camping sites being kept open for the rest of the lockdown period.
Western Zone Civil Defence Controller Paul Davidson said that it was necessary to reduce the number of freedom camping sites to ensure safety for all.
“We have become aware of a number of people camping in our area that don’t have one location to remain at. To minimise the spread of COVID-19, we have created three central locations for these people to call ‘home’ while we remain at Level 4 restrictions,” he said.
“We will be closing all freedom camping sites except three and these closures will be supported, monitored and enforced by Bay of Plenty Police,” said Mr Davidson.
“Asking people to base themselves at one of three freedom camp sites ensures that any ongoing movement between communities is minimised. From these locations, people have access to water, food, healthcare and waste disposal with minimal travel,” he said.
The sites have been prepared for people who are in campervans that are completely self-sufficient. Anyone staying in a tent or a non self-contained vehicle needs to seek help for temporary accommodation by contacting the Temporary Accommodation Service on 0508 754 163.
“I want to thank our community for following the advice and staying home, we are doing our best to help all those who are in a situation that is not quite that simple.”
The three remaining freedom camp sites open that have the necessary facilities and hygiene precautions in place are:
- Commerce Lane car park, Te Puke
- Marine Park, Tauranga
- Uretara Domain, Katikati
Detailed information on the location of these sites, and instructions for campers will be available at each site and can be found here.
“We urge freedom campers to move to these sites as soon as possible today and stay put to save lives.”
More up to date information can be found here.
Where can I camp?
There are 46 different places you can freedom camp in the Western Bay. See a link to our interactive maps to see where you can camp below.
No person may freedom camp for more than three nights in any four week consecutive period at any one site. The four consecutive weeks begin from the first overnight stay. This excludes tenting at TECT Park, where the limit is two nights.
All sites are restricted to 'Self Contained' vehicles only. Please park in the designated parking areas and respect other reserve users.
Please ensure you read the Freedom Camping Bylaw 2019, for a list of areas where freedom camping is permitted or prohibited.
Freedom Camping in tents is only permitted at TECT Park, and permission must be obtained from the Park Manager first. Please ensure you also check the TECT Park Alerts page for any further restrictions.
Should you receive an Infringement Notice for freedom camping and wish to request a waiver, please click on the link below and complete the form.
For further information, please read the Bylaw above.
Enjoy your stay!
Maps of approved areas
Check out our interactive map of permitted freedom camping sites here.
Click/tap on the freedom camping areas to find out more information on each site, including which sites have restrictions on camping over summer. The map also includes locations of toilets, tables and rubbish bins.
Freedom Camping Bylaw Review August 2019
Council reviewed its Freedom Camping Bylaw in 2019. The review included removing five freedom camping sites, modifying the overnight parking areas for two sites, and changing the permission wording for tenting at TECT Park.
To find out more, click here for the key decisions document.
Freedom Camping Infringement Waiver Request
If the driver of the vehicle wishes to make an explanation or request a waiver of the infringement, this can be done online, within 28 days of receiving the infringement notice. If you wish to request a waiver, please click on the link below and complete the form.
KiwiCamp is a clean and modern ablution block, with all the services you need – toilets, hot-showers, cooking hotplates, dishwashing sink and a laundry. The toilets are free to use but you pay a small amount to use the other facilities.
This facility is available for use by all visiting campers but purchase of a KiwiCash digital key is necessary to access the KiwiCamp facilities (apart from the toilet which is free to the public).
- Where is the KiwiCamp? KiwiCamp is located at the Seaforth Road carpark, Bowentown. Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/k1gz53ckdLZL3bGa8
- About KiwiCamp - Please see the KiwiCamp website.
Another KiwiCamp facility is expected to be operational at TECT Park by May 2020.
KiwiCash Digital Key
KiwiCash is a smart way of making payments for access to KiwiCamp facilities around New Zealand, using KiwiCash Digital Keys.
Your KiwiCash Digital Key identifies you and connects you to your online KiwiCash account. This allows you to make secure, easy payments for services with a tap of your Digital Key at any KiwiCamp facility. Online accounts can be created and topped up on the KiwiCash App or on their website.
Digital Keys will be available for purchase for $5 at any Council Area Office in the Western Bay of Plenty District, from the beginning of December 2019.
Please find Council office hours can be found here.