There's loads to explore in the beautiful city of Christchurch and surrounding areas of Akaroa/Banks Peninsula. One of the best ways to see it all is via road.
If you're planning to freedom camp in Christchurch and Akaroa/Banks Peninsula it's important you're aware of the current restrictions. Find out more.
What is Freedom Camping?
- Freedom camping is the term used for camping at locations without camping facilities for example toilets, showers and cooking facilities.
- Self-contained is defined as vehicles that are equipped with a toilet, waste water and rubbish facilities on-board as approved by the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association.
What you need to know
From 1 December 2016, the following previously designated non-self-contained freedom camping sites will be permanently closed to all camping:
- Lower Styx River car park
- Windsport Park car park
- Addington Reserve car park
- Part of the French Farm foreshore
- Part of the Wainui foreshore
In addition, the Council has closed 2 small areas of the Wainui and French Farm foreshores previously restricted to self-contained camping.
From 1 December 2016 only certified self-contained vehicles are allowed to freedom camp in designated areas of Christchurch & Akaroa/Banks Peninsula.
- Non-self-contained freedom camping (e.g. in a car or tent) is not allowed anywhere in the district.
- A $200 fine will be enforced for anyone found breaching the council bylaw.
Where can I camp in Christchurch?
- Find a detailed map on where to camp in Christchurch.
Where can I camp in Akaroa?
- Outside the restricted areas of the township, self-contained camping is allowed in rural areas.
Explore the rest of Canterbury
- Discover the freedom camping locations in the Canterbury Region.
The do's and don'ts
- Find out more about Freedom Camping Etiquette in New Zealand.