Freedom camping



Taupo District Council is working towards creating a Freedom Camping Bylaw to manage freedom camping in certain areas of the Taupo District.

Draft Freedom Camping Bylaw 2017

Before the bylaw has been finalised, we'd like to know your views.

Our Statement of Proposal outlines the issues we think need to be addressed, how we can do that through our proposed bylaw on freedom camping, and what other tools we are looking to use. You can read this document here:

Statement of Proposal Freedom Camping 2017

Have your say

We would love to hear your views on the proposed bylaw by 5pm on Friday, 20 October 2017.  You can either make a submission here or email us at

If you need further information you can contact us:

In person at our offices:
Taupo office, 46 Horomatangi Street, Taupo.
Turangi office, Town Centre, Turangi.
Mangakino office, Civic Centre, Rangatira Drive, Mangakino.

​By phone:
07 376 0899 or 0800 ASK TDC (0800 275 832) 

By post:
Taupo District Council, Private Bag 2005, Taupo 3352. 

​​Please note all submissions are made available to the public and will be heard in a meeting which is open to the public. All submissions will be considered. Submitters wanting to present their submission in person will be invited to a hearing to be held in the week beginning 13 November 2017.​


Freedom camping has become a popular option for visitors around New Zealand and offers an affordable holiday for domestic and international travellers.

In the Taupo District there has been a noticeable increase in the presence of freedom campers in recent years. This has raised concerns about whether there is an appropriate management regime in place. Freedom camping has also received negative attention in national media following an increase in complaints.

Freedom camping is a complex issue and council has invited feedback from the community through a number of consultation opportunities ahead of drafting a freedom camping bylaw.

Media rele​ases

Further consultation opens on draft freedom camping bylaw
Freedom camping bylaw to be considered
Consultation on draft freedom camping guidelines to open
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​Contact us

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our team on 0800 ASK TDC or e-mail​.

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