Camping and campervans

There are plenty of beautiful camping spots in Christchurch, Akaroa and Banks Peninsula for you to enjoy. To protect our environment we have different rules depending on if you are staying in a tent, car or campervan.

TentCamping in a tent or vehicle without on-board facilities

Camping in a tent or non-certified vehicle is not permitted anywhere in Christchurch, Akaroa or Banks Peninsula. You need to stay in a camping ground that has facilities you can use. 
 

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Self-contained campervans (freedom camping)

If your campervan is certified self-contained with a toilet, wastewater and rubbish facilities on-board then you may camp in some areas of Christchurch, Akaroa and Banks Peninsula. Camping in town centres, some residential settlements, Council parks and reserves and some other areas is prohibited. You need to dispose of the waste water from your campervan at one of our dump stations. 

 

Use our map to find a place to stay

Map Listing

You can also check the Department of Conservation website for more campsites, camping tips and activities.

Tips for responsible camping

Help us to protect our environment. Love our place as much as we do, and be responsible campers.

  • Respect nearby residents and wildlife.
  • Park considerably, not blocking any roads, driveways or tracks.
  • Use our free public toilets or your on-board toilet. It’s not permitted to go to the toilet beside the road, in the bush, on the ground, on the beach, or in a river, creek or lake.
  • Only empty your campervan toilet at a dump station, use our map to find the closest one.
  • Take your rubbish with you, or put it into a Council rubbish bin. If the bin is full, please phone us on (03) 941 8999 or 0800 800 169.
  • Lighting campfires can pose a risk to the community and the environment, and the rules change from place-to-place. Use a gas fire if cooking food, and be sure that it is clear of any flammable material.

Paying a freedom camping infringement

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(external link).

Freedom Camping Infringements can be paid for via post, in person and by phone.

Post
Post a cheque for your freedom camping infringement to:
Christchurch City Council
PO Box 73049, 
Christchurch 8154.

In person (cash, cheque or eftpos)
You can pay in person at Council service centre(external link).

Phone (24 hours a day)
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(external link) website for more campsites and camping tips and activities.

Camping in Akaroa

Akaroa Freedom Camping area
From 1 Dec 2018 this will be the only area in Akaroa where freedom camping is allowed. Certified self-contained campervans can stay for up to two nights in any 30 day period. There are 18 parking spaces all fitted with sensors and you can check availability on the Campermate App.(external link) (available from 1 Dec 2018)

This is a popular location. Please keep within your parking space so there’s enough room for other campers. We keep an eye on this area every day to make sure there’s enough space for everyone

Camping in a tent
You need to stay at a campground where there are facilities you can use. Camping in a tent or vehicle with no on-board facilities is not permitted anywhere in Akaroa or Banks Peninsula.

Car camping without on-board facilities (non-certified self-contained)
You need to stay at a campground where there are facilities you can use. Camping in a tent or vehicle with no on-board facilities is not permitted anywhere in Akaroa or Banks Peninsula.

Full details are in the Freedom Camping Bylaw 2015(external link)(external link).

Narrow, steep and unsealed roads
Some of the roads in Akaroa and Banks Peninsula are narrow, steep and unsealed with limited places to turn around. We recommend sticking to the main roads and planning your journey before you leave. 

To plan your journey, check the road conditions and get more information, visit journeys.nzta.govt.nz/christchurch

Caravan parking in Akaroa
Please park considerably, not blocking any roads, driveways or tracks. We recommend parking in ...