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.
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.
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 Council affiliated location:
Ōtaki Refuse Transfer Station (Riverbank Road Ōtaki PDS)
1 Riverbank Road
Other commercial locations include:
- Mobil Amohia St, Paraparaumu
- BP, 108 Kāpiti Road.
Note: these commercial locations are not owned or managed by Council, and are outlined on this page for user convenience only. Please contact the site manager regarding any maintenance.
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.
Review of freedom camping legislation
The Self-Contained Motor Vehicles Legislation Bill is being considered by the Economic Development, Science and Innovation Committee. The Select Committee is looking at whether to change the Bill, and is expected to report back to Parliament in early March 2023.
Find out more at Freedom camping changes, on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's website.
- Freedom Camping Policy 2012
- Camping in New Zealand
- Self-containment of caravan waste requirements
- Discover what Kāpiti has to offer
- Find out about freedom/responsible camping on public conservation land
- Where to drop off your rubbish and recycling
- Dog exercise areas
- Kāpiti Coast District Bylaws
- Freedom Camping Act 2011