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Camping in Kaikoura

Thousands of visitors are drawn to Kaikoura 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 choose to stay in one of our holiday parks or campgrounds or for freedom campers make sure you check out the links below:

Click here for a useful map of the area with recycling stations, dump stations, holiday parks and where you cannot freedom camp.

Useful information about Freedom Camping in New Zealand.

There are no restrictions on camping in Kaikoura on Kaikoura District Council land, however we ask that you be considerate of our environment and other users.  Only camp where you have access to facilities and follow the guidelines:

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

Freedom camping is generally considered to be limited to two days, unless you are otherwise informed.