Freedom camping in Kapiti
Kilometres of stunning coastline and the captivating backdrop of Kāpiti Island make Kāpiti a must visit destination for freedom travellers.
The series of coastal communities about an hour's drive north of Wellington make Kāpiti the perfect stop-over en-route to or from the Capital.
Fully self-contained motorhomes (with onboard toilets and waste disposal) are allowed to stay at nine Kāpiti Coast District Council designated sites.
Permits are not required but freedom campers are expected to be considerate of council bylaws, fellow campers and residents.
Freedom camping spots are well signposted. If a public area does not have a freedom camping sign, travellers should assume overnight stays are not allowed.
Raumati, Paraparaumu and Waikanae freedom camping sites have a maximum of one night's stay while two nights are allowed at Ōtaki.
The number of freedom camping vehicles allowed at each site ranges from one to six, on a first-come, first served basis.
Freedom camping is prohibited for vehicles without their own toilet and waste disposal facilities. Non self-contained freedom campers must either use commercial facilities or the Department of Conservation facility at Ōtaki Forks
Freedom camping locations
Work is currently underway on the Google Map, it will be available shortly.
Camping locations are available from the Freedom Camping Policy, see the link under Enforcement.
Freedom camper responsibilities
Kāpiti is committed to sustainability and asks all visitors to help protect our natural environment. Freedom campers must abide by the council's freedom camping conditions which include:
- removing all rubbish, solid or liquid waste
- disposing of rubbish and waste at approved sites
- providing evidence their vehicles is self-contained if asked by a council officer
- abiding by all council bylaws including camp fires and barbeque use, noise and animal control.
Open air fires
The Kāpiti Coast District Council Beach Bylaw allows the public to have camp or barbeque type fires along the beaches of the Kāpiti Coast District, subject to a fire permit being issued to a responsible person. View more information including beach fire management plans and permitted areas on Council’s website.
- Barbeques do not require a fire permit as long as they are lit in authorised barbeque areas (look for signposted barbeque zones) or in permitted beach fire areas.
- All open air fires must be under the supervision of the permit holder at all times. The permit holder is also responsible for the orderly conduct of guests.
- All open air fires must be lit below the high tide mark and 20 metres from the base of any dune.
- Open air fires can be no greater than one meter in diameter.
- All fires are to be fully extinguished with water before permit holder leaves the site.
- No fires after 10pm or before daylight.
- All un-burnt residual material including glass and rubbish must be removed.
- The burning of plastics, household wastes, rubber, wood containing nails or attached metal, oil and copper chrome arsenic treated timber is prohibited.
- No fires in windy conditions or when a fire ban is in place.
The fire shall be immediately extinguished at the request of Council Enforcement Officer, Rural Fire Officer, member of the Police or Fire Service.
Council monitors freedom camping. Those who breach the conditions may be asked to move on, or face a penalty ranging from a parking or litter infringement, fine or vehicle impoundment.