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Our freedom camping bylaw encourages responsible freedom camping in our district by stating rules for camping in public places. There are maps in the bylaw showing areas where freedom camping is prohibited and where it is allowed.

Freedom camping is prohibited along the Wharekawa Coastline (Seabird Coast), including in the townships of Kaiaua, Whakatiwai and Waharau, unless you are freedom camping in a designated freedom camping area listed in the bylaw and outlined below.

Please note that freedom camping is not permitted on Council reserves, unless it is listed below and you are camping within the designated area.

Specific areas for Freedom Camping in the Hauraki District

Our freedom camping sites are available for a maximum 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 km south of the Kaiaua township and adjacent to the Firth of Thames.

Camping is restricted to self-contained vehicles holding and displaying current NZS 5465:2001 certification.

Power is NOT available.

Freedom Camping on Rays Rest, Kaiaua

Hauraki Rail Trail Terminus, Kaiaua

The Hauraki Rail Trail terminus is on East Coast Road, just north of the Kaiaua township. Freedom camping is restricted to designated carparks. Power is NOT available.

Hauraki District Council Area Office, Ngatea

The site is located behind the Council Area Office off Orchard West Road, Ngatea. Freedom camping is restricted to designated carparks. Please do not camp on the adjacent grass area.

There is a dump station available. Power is NOT available.

Railway Reserve, Paeroa

The site is located on Marshall Street, Paeroa.

A dump station is available 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.

Hauraki District Council office carpark, Paeroa

The carpark is located on Marshall Street, Paeroa.

The carpark is only to be used between the hours of 6pm Friday evening and 7pm Sunday evening. Power is NOT available.

Hauraki District Council carpark, Waihi

The carpark is off Mueller Street and Haszard Street. Freedom camping is restricted to designated carparks. Power is NOT available.

Morgan Park carpark, Waihi

Freedom camping is restricted to the carpark off Kenny Street and limited to designated carparks. Freedom camping is restricted to self-contained vehicles holding and displaying current NZS 5465:2001 certification. Power is NOT available.

Dump station locations

  • Railway Reserve, Paeroa, at the designated freedom camping area.
  • Orchard West Road, Ngatea, next to the designated freedom camping area located behind the Council Area Office.
  • 50 Victoria Street, Waihi, southern end of Victoria Street just before the bridge.
  • East Coast Road, Waharau, at Waharau Reserve.