This page tells you about camping in public places on Council land.
4/11/2019 9:12 a.m.
Where can you stay in the Whangarei District?
Our Camping in Public Places Bylaw regulates camping in Council controlled public places in our District.
It does not regulate camping on Department of Conservation Land or other privately owned public spaces (e.g supermarket carparks).
Please read the information on this page carefully. You can be fined $200 if you do not comply with our rules.
This page provides you with an overview of the rules for different types of camping and pdf maps of the prohibited areas and areas with designated sites, as well as a link to an interactive map with the same information.
Are you sleeping in a self-contained vehicle?
If you are certified self-contained (which means you have an approved wastewater system and holding tank) and you have a certificate and a warrant to prove it, you can camp in many places in our District.
There are four sites that have a restricted area where you can camp (see Schedule 2 below).
At three of these sites you can only stay overnight for one night. You can also stay in the areas for non self-contained camping, but you must comply with all site restrictions.
You can stay for a maximum of three nights in any other WDC public place, except for the prohibited areas.
You must move at least 1km further on after your stay. If you have one of the camping apps on your phone they have a few suggested sites.
Your self-containment certificate allows you to stay ‘off the beaten track’, and we encourage this.
If you need to empty your holding tanks please do this at one of the dumpstations available. Follow the link below to see where these are located in our District.
Public toilets and dumpstations
Are you sleeping in a non self-contained vehicle?
If you camping in a vehicle or a caravan that is not self-contained, there are 18 areas you can stay, but you must park within the designated site (see Schedule 3 below).
The maximum stay is one night, except for the Bascule carpark, where you can stay for up to three nights.
Are you sleeping in a tent?
If you are camping in a tent you can camp in one of six areas in our District (see Schedule 4 below). You can stay for one night only.
Under the Bylaw, Council can make minor changes to the layout of our designated sites by resolution.
In September 2018, Council made some changes to the designated sites for Whananaki, Tamaterau and the i-Site carpark on Tarewa Road.
The Bylaw and the maps on this page have been updated accordingly.
You can click on the schedules below to view the maps as pdfs.
Alternatively, you can click on the link to the interactive map. This will take you to a new page and you can zoom in and out to view all of the prohibitions and restrictions in the District.
Camping in Public Places interactive map
PDF maps of all prohibited areas and areas with designated sites
There is a difference between freedom camping and resting on the roadside if you are tired.
If you are too tired to keep driving, then please find a safe place to pull off the road and rest before moving on.
Public and commercial campgrounds
For information on campgrounds in our district, please visit our whangareinz website.
For information on Department of Conservation campgrounds please click on the link below.
You can also obtain a weekly campsite pass from DOC, where you can save up to 50% on many of DOC's campsites.
If you are an NZMCA member you can get a special DOC/NZMCA campsite pass. Follow the links below for more information.
Department of Conservation
DOC weekly campsite pass
DOC/NZMCA campsite pass
If in doubt, please ask! You can find out more at: