Whakauiuitanga mo te tauira Ture ā-rohe Puninga Herekore 2021

Consultation on Draft Freedom Camping Bylaw 2021

Consultation has closed

Submissions closed5 April 2021
A hearing will be held to hear submissions16 June
Council will make their decision26 August 2021

Gisborne District Council proposes to revoke its existing Freedom Camping Bylaw 2016 and make a new bylaw under the Freedom Camping Act 2011, to regulate freedom camping and to make changes to summer camping in Tairāwhiti.

This bylaw applies to the whole of the Gisborne district. The purpose is to regulate freedom camping in order to protect public access, public health and safety and the environment of the area, including the district’s beaches, dunes and rivers from harm.

Key documents

The draft bylaw proposes to:

Council proposes to make a new freedom camping bylaw that includes the current summer camping areas. The new bylaw would simplifying the camping options for our users and allow Council to properly regulate the activity across all our camping areas.

The main changes proposed are:

  • The region moves to self-contained freedom camping only, non-self-contained vehicles will need to use commercial campgrounds or other accommodation.
  • The summer camping areas would become restricted freedom camping areas known as ‘Seasonal Camping’ areas.
  • Seasonal camping would be available Labour weekend to April 30.
  • The Gisborne urban area and surrounds becomes a prohibited area with 5 restricted areas for self-contained vehicles only.
  • Freedom camping outside the seasonal camping areas is 7pm to 7am only.
  • Prohibited areas are added at Te Araroa, Waihau Bay and the northern end of Turihaua point.