Freedom camping and KiwiCamp
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 dispute it, please find an Explanation for Freedom Camping Infringement Notice form here.
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.
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 will be located at the Seaforth Road carpark, Bowentown.
- About KiwiCamp - Please see the KiwiCamp website.
KiwiCamp is expected to be operational at the Seaforth Road Carpark location in Bowentown, in mid to late December 2019.
KiwiCamp is expected to be operational at TECT Park in early 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.