Freedom Camping Bylaw Review

We started a review of our 2014 Freedom Camping Bylaw late in 2020 and consulted with our community on proposed changes from 11 December 2020 to 2 February 2021.

The purpose of this review was to assess where freedom camping is currently allowed or restricted.

Hearings of submissions we received were completed on 13 April 2021. 

A deliberation meeting was scheduled for 25 May 2021 but has been postponed and will be rescheduled.

The delay is needed to allow staff to undertake further work around issues identified through the submissions we received.

Once we have a firm timeline, we will contact all submitters to let them know what the next steps will be.


Thank you to everyone who took the time to fill in our questionnaire. Some submissions we received had a lot of detail and information. Two of these are:

Little Bay Ratepayers Association Residents Survey results

Pauanui Ratepayers Association Petition 

All submissions can be viewed under the Hearing Submission Pack link to the right.

The Proposed Changes

During this review, the Council proposed the following changes to the Freedom Camping Bylaw:

  • re-naming the bylaw to Responsible Freedom Camping Bylaw.
  • increasing and/or moving the designated areas of eight currently restricted sites.
  • one site is proposed to change its classification from restricted to prohibited and;
  • one site is proposed to change its classification from prohibited to restricted. 

The full proposal can be read here

The current bylaw

While the review process is on hold, the current Freedom Camping Bylaw remains in force. 

Please direct all enquiries to