Freedom Camping in Christchurch

Find out where you can Freedom Camp in Christchurch & Banks Peninsula with the recent bylaw changes.

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Freedom Camping in Christchurch and Akaroa

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.

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The do's and don'ts 

  • Freedom Camping Etiquette

    Freedom Camping is a great way to explore the hidden gems of the Christchurch & Canterbury region.

    To ensure our scenery, waterways and environment are protected for visitors, locals and future generations to enjoy, make yourself familiar with the rules and regulations.

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