Freedom camping in Kāpiti
Kilometres of stunning coastline and the captivating backdrop of Kāpiti Island make Kāpiti a must-visit destination for freedom travellers. It's the perfect stopover going to or from Wellington, with a series of coastal communities only an hour's drive north of the Capital.
Did you know there are nine designated responsible camping sites along the Kāpiti Coast for campers with fully self-contained motorhomes to enjoy?
Freedom camping or 'parking up'
Fully self-contained vehicles (meaning they must have their own toilet and waste-disposal facilities) are welcome to stay at our nine well-signposted designated sites around the Kāpiti Coast.
Permits are not required, but to enhance campers' stay and experience please:
- be considerate of residents and other campers
- remove all rubbish, including solid and liquid waste
- provide evidence your vehicle is self-contained, if asked by a council officer
- abide by all council bylaws including camp fires and barbecue use, noise and animal control.
For campers who are not self-contained, Kāpiti has several holiday parks that offer a wide range of facilities. Ōtaki Forks also has facilities and allows non-self-contained freedom campers – visit the Department of Conservation website to read more about this campsite.
Responsible Camping is all about caring for our spectacular environment as much as we do. Responsible Campers leave no trace and help keep our communities and the natural environment free from pollution and waste.
Freedom camping locations
The table and map below show Kāpiti freedom camping sites, what facilities are available at each one, and how long you are able to stay. The number of freedom camping vehicles welcome at each site ranges from one to six, on a first-come, first-served basis.
|Location||Sites available||How long can I stay?|
|North Bank, Ōtaki River, Ōtaki Beach||6||48 hours|
|Field Way, Waikanae Beach||2||24 hours|
|Waimea Road Carpark, Waikanae Beach||2||24 hours|
|Waikanae Park, Park Avenue||2||24 hours|
|Waikanae River Mouth, Tutere Street||4||24 hours|
|54 Marine Parade (opposite), Paraparaumu Beach||2||24 hours|
|62 Marine Parade (opposite), Paraparaumu Beach||2||24 hours|
|69 Marine Parade (opposite), Paraparaumu Beach||2||24 hours|
|Raumati Beach, Matatua Road Carpark||3||24 hours|
Campers can dispose of their toilet/shower waste at the following location:
Ōtaki Refuse Transfer Station (Riverbank Road Ōtaki PDS)
1 Riverbank Road
There is also a non-Council toilet/shower waste disposal station at:
22 Amohia Street (cnr Amohia Street and Kapiti Road)
We monitor our freedom camping sites and encourage Responsible Camping, which is all about caring for our spectacular environment as much as we do. Responsible Campers leave no trace and help keep our communities and natural environment free from pollution and waste.
Remember freedom camping isn’t just for visitors to enjoy – if you feel like a change of scenery, check out one of our spots this summer!
- Media release 2 Dec 2020 – Preparing for a summer of responsible camping
- Camping in New Zealandlaunch
- Self-containment of caravan waste requirementslaunch
- Discover what Kāpiti has to offerlaunch
- Find out about freedom/responsible camping on public conservation landlaunch
- Where to drop off your rubbish and recycling
- Dog on- and off-leash areas
- Freedom Camping Policy (PDF, 405.42 KB)
- Kāpiti Coast District Bylaws
- Freedom Camping Act 2011launch