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Minor amendments to Freedom Camping Bylaw take effect today

14 December 2015

We've made a few changes to our Freedom Camping Bylaw that take effect from today, Monday 14 December.

The amendments are changes to the status of seven sites in Hikutaia, Thames, Te Puru, Port Charles, Matarangi, Opito Bay and Pauanui.

Our Council adopted the changes in its meeting last Wednesday.

When the draft bylaw went out for public consultation between 18 September and 19 October, we received feedback from 133 submissions, demonstrating the strong community and visitor interest in freedom camping in our district.

Our staff will be out moving signage to make sure the physical restrictions for freedom camping match those in the bylaw. The amended bylaw can be downloaded from the right side of this page, and a summary of the amendments is in the table below.

Freedom camping amendments sites

Since the original bylaw was adopted in 2014, we've had positive feedback from campers, ratepayers and our staff about how freedom camping works in the Coromandel.

The amendments reflect feedback from staff and the public about freedom camping in a number of specific sites.

Summer is a busy time on the Coromandel and we are expecting large numbers of freedom campers again this year.

Freedom camping infringements

The majority of infringements of our Freedom Camping Bylaw are by people who are either camping in vehicles that are not certified self-contained or in tents.

We welcome responsible freedom campers in vehicles that are certified self-contained by the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association.

If you have concerns that campers are not following the rules, get in touch with our Customer Services team on 07 868 0200 or email and our compliance staff can look into the matter.

Go to to find out more about camping on the Coromandel.