Enjoy camping in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula, be considerate and check the rules around freedom camping.
Non-self-contained freedom camping (e.g. camping in a car or tent) is not permitted anywhere in Christchurch or Banks Peninsula.
If your campervan is fully self-contained (with toilet, wastewater and rubbish facilities on-board) and certified as such by the NZ Motor Caravan Association, then you may camp overnight for free on most land administered by the Council across Christchurch and Banks Peninsula, except for prohibited areas in town centres and some residential settlements.
See below map for self-contained freedom camping areas.
If you are freedom camping in Christchurch or Banks Peninsula, please:
The Freedom Camping Act allows for the Council to issue a fine of $200 if someone is found freedom camping, or making preparations to freedom camp, in a local-authority area and in breach of the Council's Bylaw, including any temporarily closed sites.
Full details are in the Freedom Camping Bylaw 2015.