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Freedom camping is welcome in the Hauraki District

However, these are unprecedented times and it’s important we all follow the requirements of the COVID-19 Level 4 lockdown, as imposed by the New Zealand Government. Our number priority is the well being of our communities and this includes all visitors to our District.

The lockdown period is for four weeks in one location from 11.59pm Wednesday 25 March. This means that if you were in a self-contained camper at one of our freedom camping sites at that time, you must stay there for the duration of the lockdown.

How to keep safe in your bubble

  • Ensure that you practice social distancing by parking your vehicles at least four metres apart and staying at least two metres away from people outside your "bubble".

  • Practice high levels of personal hygiene as recommended by the official government website for information on COVID-19 in New Zealand

  • Our public toilet facilities are hygienically cleaned three times a day. Please wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water and dry thoroughly.

  • Be patient, respectful and polite with our residents of in the area and we will all get through this together. 


Enjoy your extended stay and thanks for coming to see us.


Our freedom camping bylaw encourages responsible freedom camping in our district by stating rules for camping in public places. This is to protect areas and the health and safety of people who visit the area while recognising that the activity is an element of traditional Kiwi culture and a valued tourist experience.

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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. 

Power is NOT available.

Freedom Camping on Rays Rest, Kaiaua


Designated Freedom Camping Sites and Dump Stations within the Hauraki District

Hauraki District Council Area Office, Ngatea

The site is located behind the Council Area Office off Orchard West Road, Ngatea.

Dump station plus carparks available for one overnight stay. Power is NOT available.

Hauraki District Council Area Office carpark, Paeroa 

The carpark is located on Marshall Street, Paeroa.

Carparks available for one overnight stay - only to be used between the hours of 6pm Friday evening and 7pm Sunday evening.

Power is NOT available.

Railway Reserve, Paeroa

The site is located on Marshall Street, Paeroa.

Dump station plus carparks available as per the Council signage at the site.

Power is available at this site which incurs a fee.

A facilities fee of $5 per vehicle per night is charged, which must be prepaid at the Caltex service station in Belmont Road.

Waihi dump station

A dump station is situated at 50 Victoria Street, Waihi (south side of road just before the bridge).


Please note that freedom camping (includes tenting) is not permitted on Council reserves (grass areas) adjacent to the carparks listed above.

Overnight Parking Fee

Paeroa Railway Reserve overnight parking
(A maximum stay of two consecutive nights in any one calendar month applies)

  • $5.00 per night. Power is available.

Other sites

  • No charge. Power is NOT available.