The Freedom Camping bylaw, adopted as part of the Hauraki District Council Consolidated Bylaw, encourages responsible freedom camping on Council administered land, recognising that the activity is an element of traditional Kiwi culture and a valued tourist experience.
Freedom Camping Bylaw
Restricted Sites for Freedom Camping
Our freedom camping sites are available for a maximum one-night or two-night stay in any calendar month, as indicated by the onsite signage. Please adhere to these limits so that many people have a chance to camp there. Check the signs for other special conditions, too.
Rays Rest, Kaiaua
The reserve is off East Coast Road, approximately 4.5 km south of Kaiaua township and adjacent to the Firth of Thames.
Camping is restricted to self-contained vehicles holding and displaying current NZS 5465:2001 certification, maximum two night stay in any one calendar month.
Designated Freedom Camping Sites and Dump Stations within the Hauraki District
Hauraki District Council Area Office, Ngatea
Dump station plus carparks available for one overnight stay.
The site is located behind the Council Area Office off Orchard West Road, Ngatea.
Hauraki District Council Area Office carpark, Paeroa
Carparks available for one overnight stay - only to be used between the hours of 6pm Friday evening and 7pm Sunday evening.
The carpark is located on Marshall Street, Paeroa.
Railway Reserve, Paeroa
Dump station plus carparks available as per the Council signage at the site.
A facilities fee of $5 per vehicle per night is charged, which must be prepaid at the Caltex service station in Belmont Road.
The site is located on Marshall Street, Paeroa.
Victoria Park, Waihi
The site is located on Seddon Avenue, Waihi.
Please note that freedom camping (includes tenting) is not permitted on Council reserves (grass areas) adjacent to the carparks listed above.
Overnight Parking Fee
Railway Reserve overnight parking
(A maximum stay of two consecutive nights in any one calendar month applies)
$5.00 per night