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Freedom camping

The freedom camping season is closed. It will reopen with the start of daylight savings on Sunday 27 September.
No overnight camping is permitted.

Information you need to know

Feedom camping season is closed, no permits will be issued.

We do not take reservations for any camping spots. 

In season, you can fill in our online form to apply for a permit

One permit is issued for up to 6 people, your permit will cost:   

• $16 for 2 nights (up to 2 nights - 1 rubbish bag)
• $31 for 10 nights (over 2 up to 10 nights - 5 rubbish bags)
• $66 for 28 nights (over 10 up to 28 nights - 14 rubbish bags)

Download Freedom Camping brochure (522kb)
The brochure has more information about rubbish collection, camp site requirements, taking your dog and civil defence.

Paying for your permit 

Please let us know if you are posting a cheque or paying by electronic banking. 
If you need our bank account details see our account details

Your permit and rubbish bags will be posted once payment is received.

You can also get your permit at our customer service counters at Fitzherbert Street or Te Puia Springs.  Other retail outlets are :

  • Gisborne i-site, Grey Street
  • East's Outdoor Work & Leisure, Makaraka
  • Okitu Store, Wainui Beach
  • Uawa Foodmarket, Tolaga Bay
  • Opotiki i-site
  • Whakatane i-site
  • Wairoa i-site
  • on site from the freedom camping rubbish collecter contractor

Freedom camping areas in our district

The freedom camping areas are along our coastline and one is on the inland road to Wairoa.  The links will give you a map and more details about the location.  This map will show you all the freedom camping areas in our locations

The areas are:

We regularly have inspectors at all our sites. 

What you need for freedom camping

All you need apart from your camping gear is:

  • A permit 
    • You must have this before you camp. 
    • The permit must be displayed on the camp site vehicle. 
    • Camp sites not displaying a permit will have their equipment removed at the owner's expense.
  • Your own chemical toilet.
  • Gas cooker - no open fires are allowed.
  • Your own water supply.  Water is not available at any camp site. 

Rubbish bags are provided with your permit.  For details about rubbish collection and times, read the brochure.

Here's the sites and dates we have chemical toilet disposal tanks on each freedom camping site

Campsite requirements

  • tents - no semi-permanent structures
  • caravans, house bus and campervans must be roadworthy 
  • a distance of 2.5 metres between each campsite for fire safety
  • no structures attached to any tree or shrub

Read the freedom camping brochure for more information about camp site requirements and rubbish collection pick-up times.

Motorbikes on the beach

Beaches are public places - all road rules apply

  • no riding on the dunes, do not damage vegetation or cause erosion
  • be courteous to other beach users
  • do not create new tracks - use the established tracks
  • do not ride in a manner that is dangerous to others
  • be aware of wildlife
Last updated: 09/07/2014 9:08am Copyright © 2007-2014 Gisborne District Council

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