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. Know where you can freedom camp.
Camping in a tent or a 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.
Self-contained campervans (freedom camping)
If your campervan is certified self-contained (with toilet, wastewater and rubbish facilities on-board) then you may freedom camp in some areas of Christchurch, Akaroa and Banks Peninsula.
Camping in town centres, some residential settlements, Council parks and reserves isn’t allowed. Some areas are restricted to two nights in any 30 day period in a self-contained vehicle only.
Use our map to find a place to stay
You can also check the Department of Conservation website for more campsites, camping tips and activities.