Generations of New Zealanders have enjoyed summers camping in Tasman District, at Kaiteriteri, Totaranui, Māpua and a range of our other beautiful holiday destinations.

Over the past few years the number of campers in both self-contained and non self-contained vehicles has increased dramatically, particularly in Motueka and Golden Bay. The increase in budget and freedom campers has come with challenges, including littering, waste disposal, noise, public space conflicts, safety and commercial competition concerns.

We want to continue to be welcoming hosts to people wishing to enjoy the uniquely Tasman experience, and we expect our visitors to respect the special places and communities they pass through.

The draft Responsible Camping Strategy is intended to provide direction as we manage responsible camping through regulations and by providing facilities and visitor information. It may lead to future rule changes through the Tasman Freedom Camping Bylaw.

We’ve been talking to a wide range of groups and organisations to develop this draft, including Te Tau Ihu iwi, neighbouring councils, the Department of Conservation, the New Zealand Transport Agency, Nelson Regional Development Agency and Nelson Chamber of Commerce, the NZ Motor Caravan Association, Holiday Parks Association of NZ, Nelson Forests, Motueka fruit growers, backpacker accommodation providers and social agencies involved in supporting the homeless. 

Now we need to hear from you – this strategy will inform the way we manage freedom camping in your community.

Find out more

You’re invited to drop in and chat with us about the draft strategy as one the following public sessions:

Motueka: 30 October, 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm at the Tasman District Council Motueka service centre, Hickmott Place

Richmond: 4 November, 2.00 pm – 5.30 pm, Richmond Mall

Golden Bay: 6 November, 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm, Tasman District Council's Takaka service centre, Commercial Street

Have your say

You can let us know your views by completing the feedback form by 18 November 2019.