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(external link), then you may camp overnight for free on land administered by the Council across Christchurch and Banks Peninsula, except for prohibited areas in town centres, some residential settlements and on Council parks and reserves, (under the Parks and Reserves bylaw).
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.
Freedom Camping Infringements can be paid for via post, in person and by phone.
Post a cheque for your freedom camping infringement to:
Christchurch City Council
PO Box 73049,
You can pay in person at Council service centre.
You can pay over the phone using any major credit card. Call the Customer Call Centre on 0800 800 169.
Check the Department of Conservation website for more campsites and camping tips and activities.