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Freedom Camping

Freedom CampingThe Freedom Camping page contains information on where you can stay in your mobile home/campervan in Tauranga.

Download a printable version of the Freedom Camping Factsheet (95kb pdf)

Where can you camp?

There are many locations around Tauranga where self-contained mobile homes can park overnight. The locations are a mix of reserves, roads and car park areas.

Freedom Camping Areas

Freedom Camping Restricted Areas in Tauranga (344kb pdf)

What are the rules?

  • You must be in a self-contained vehicle which clearly displays NZS5465:2001 certification. 
  • If parking on a reserve it must be in a designated area (look for the signs).
  • You can only stay in any one location for two nights per calendar month. 
  • You must park legally and comply with noise requirements – do not create a disturbance to other users and nearby residents.


There are 27 reserves available for overnight parking; however some reserves have restrictions.
Note: The number indicates the number of mobile homes permitted at that reserve. Fergusson Park (3)

Reserves available Sunday – Thursday only

  • Fergusson Park (3)
  • Gordon Spratt Reserve (6)
  • Greerton Park (6)
  • Macville Park (3)
  • Mitchell Park (2)
  • Pemberton Park (2)
  • Waipuna Park (4)

Reserves available at all times

  • Beach Road Reserve (2)
  • Carlton Street Reserve (6)
  • Cambridge Park (2)
  • Graham Park (2)
  • Harrisons Cut (2)
  • Kulim Park (5)
  • Marine Park (6 in summer, 10 in winter)
  • Matua Saltmarsh (3)
  • Maxwells Road Esplanade (2)
  • Memorial Park (6)
  • Motiti Reserve (2)
  • Omanu Surf Club Car Park (1)
  • Papamoa Domain (3)
  • Rotary Park (3)
  • Stella Place (3)
  • Sulphur Point (3)
  • Taylor Reserve (2)
  • Tye Park (2)
  • Waikareao Foreshore (3)
  • Whareroa Reserve (6)

Roads and car parks

Some roads and car parks are available but don’t park in front of a private home or business. Some places you cannot park overnight in are:

  • Marine Parade or The Mall, Mount Maunganui
  • the Maunganui Road car park or the City Council Administration car park 
  • any road with a speed limit over 50km/hr or any service lane.

Can I pitch a tent or stay in my kombi van at the freedom camping locations?

No. If you don’t have a self-contained mobile home with NZS5465:2001 certification you will need to find a campground. There is a list of campgrounds to the right.

What happens if I break the rules?

Council can issue instant $200 fines to anyone caught breaching the freedom camping bylaw. You may also be liable for prosecution.

Where can I find more information on the rules and locations?

Freedom camping in Tauranga is governed by the Tauranga City Council Freedom Camping Bylaw 2013. It sets out all of the places you can and cannot park. 

Freedom Camping Bylaw 2013 (3.8mb pdf). 

Contact us  
If you need more information, please phone Council on 07 577 7000.


If you cannot use one of the designated areas for self-contained mobile homes, Tauranga City has plenty of camping grounds that you can stay at. 


Silver Birch Holiday Park
101 Turret Road
Ph (07) 578 4603 

Tauranga Tourist Park
9 Mayfair Street
Ph (07) 578 3323 

Mount Maunganui 

Cosy Corner Holiday Park
40 Oceanbeach Road
Ph 07 575 5899 
Golden Grove Holiday Park
73 Girven Road
Ph 07 575 5821 
Mt Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park
1 Adams Ave
Ph 07 575 4471 


Beachgrove Holiday Park,
386 Papamoa Beach Road
Ph 07 572 1337 
Papamoa Beach Top 10 Holiday Resort 
535 Papamoa Beach Road
Ph 07 572 0816

Last Reviewed: 05/04/2017