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Camping in Kaikōura

Thousands of visitors are drawn to Kaikōura to experience the unique culture, the unspoiled coastal environment and to interact with the abundant marine life. If you are planning to camp in our district, please support local businesses or minimize the risk of pollution by choosing to stay at one of our Holiday Park campgrounds or the Puhi Puhi Department of Conservation standard campsite. 



Zero Waste

Kaikoura is a Zero Waste Community. Use our recycling centre to recycle your empty beverage cans, drink bottles and packaging or glass bottles.

See the local i-Site

Use designated public spaces, camping areas or camping grounds. See the local i-Site Visitor Centre, local Council or other camping guides if unsure of camping sites in the area.


Respect our environment – leave the site clear of all rubbish, waste and damage. Understand that dumping of waste and litter is an offence and will result in instant fines or prosecution


Act responsibly and respect the access and enjoyment rights of other public space users. Respect our urban areas.

Don't leave your waste

Ensure you have access to a toilet or have an on-board toilet, wastewater collection and rubbish disposal facilities. Do not leave your waste in the environment.

Freedom Camping

Kaikōura has 6 sites across the township open for responsible freedom camping in a certified self-contained vehicle.
Maximum of 1 night in any four week period. Please refer to the Kaikōura District Council to find out the freedom camping rules.