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Draft Freedom Camping Bylaw 2017

Feedback closed 4.00 pm on 11 August 2017

Thanks to everyone who sent in their feedback - the new bylaw was adopted in December 2017.

 View the Freedom Camping Bylaw


We’re consulting on a Draft Freedom Camping Bylaw intended to allow for freedom camping in suitable locations, while safeguarding the environment and the wider community’s ability to enjoy their local parks, swimming holes and neighbourhoods.

Now is your opportunity to have a look at what is proposed, and let us know if you would like to see anything included or changed in the draft bylaw.

Brief Summary of Changes

The draft bylaw proposes to permit freedom camping in several areas. It also sets out a range of locations where freedom camping is not permitted – including:

  • all cemeteries, most reserves, parks and playgrounds;
  • residential areas with a speed limit less than 70kmh;
  • the river side of stopbanks;
  • and anywhere it might obstruct traffic.

The draft bylaw would provide greater enforcement powers than the Council has had in the past.

Areas where freedom camping is prohibited

  • Kaiteriteri Beach area from Tapu Bay to Breakers Bay
  • Brooklyn Reserve, Motueka
  • Hickmott Place, Motueka
  • Thorp Bush (including the carpark), Motueka
  • All public areas and reserves in Takaka
  • Pohara Recreation Reserve
  • Ligar Bay Foreshore Area and Reserve
  • Tata Beach
  • George Quay, Motueka
  • Riwaka Resurgence Road Reserve
  • Lake Rotoiti, Kerr Bay Road Reserve
  • Te Waikoropupu Springs Road Reserve
  • Wainui Bay Road Reserve
  • Abel Tasman Memorial Road Reserve

Areas where freedom camping is restricted

The draft bylaw proposes to restrict freedom camping to self-contained vehicles only at:

  • Motueka Beach Reserve

Areas where freedom camping is permitted

  • Decks Reserve Car Park, Motueka (from 6pm – 7am Mon– Sat, and 6pm – 6am Sundays)
  • Alexander Bluff Road Reserve, Ngatimoti
  • Waitapu Bridge, Takaka
  • Former landfill, Rototai, Takaka (summer only) TBC
  • Taupata Gravel Reserve, Collingwood (summer only)
  • Part of Edward Baigent Memorial Scenic Reserve, Wakefield

Statement of Proposal

Here's what we are proposing:

You can also view the document during normal office hours at all Tasman District Council Offices and libraries:

  • Richmond Office, 189 Queen Street, Richmond
  • Motueka Office, 7 Hickmott Place, Motueka
  • Takaka Office, 78 Commercial Street, Takaka
  • Murchison Office, 92 Fairfax Street, Murchison
  • District Library Queen Street, Richmond
  • Motueka Library, Pah Street, Motueka
  • Takaka Memorial Library, Junction Street, Takaka