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Summer camping

At restricted seasonal camping areas, set in the Freedom Camping Bylaw 2021

Gisborne District Council's new Freedom Camping Bylaw 2021 replaces 'summer camping' with restricted seasonal camping.

Here's the changes to the way camping now operates

Seasonal camping areas open Labour weekend Saturday 23 October and closes 30 April.

You must have a permit before you set up camp

  • There's no charge for a permit.
  • You must comply with camp site rules and conditions on the permit and in the bylaw.
  • Monitoring will be carried out by council inspectors.
  • The link to apply online for your permit is below.

Changes to managing your rubbish

  • You need to manage your own rubbish.
  • No bags are issued with your free permit so you need to take your own.
  • We encourage zero waste - so please take your rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Recycling stations are provided at Turihaua and Pouawa beaches, see sites for the closest transfer station.
  • Do not put rubbish bags at the roadside. Fines will be issued.

Read the 2021 Freedom Camping Bylaw

Map of restricted and prohibited camping areas in our district

Camping areas

Restricted seasonal camping is permitted at the following areas.

These areas are closed to camping from 1 May to Labour Weekend.

Camp site rules

  • No semi-permanent structures. Portaloos are permitted.
  • Do not attach any structure to any tree or shrub.
  • Do not cut any steps or access points into the sand dunes or riverbanks.
  • All vehicles on your site must have a current registration and warrant of fitness.
  • Keep a distance of 2.5m between each camp site for fire safety.
  • Don't block any accessways.
  • You must have a chemical toilet - one toilet for every 8 people. Empty your wastewater at the dump station.
  • Manage your waste. Sort stations are provided at Turihaua and Pouawa beaches. Take your rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Do not put rubbish bags out near the roadside.
  • You must have gas for cooking.
  • No open fires. There is usually a fire ban during summer.
  • At Pouawa and Turihaua - no tent or caravan is allowed within 10m of the edge of the road, and no vehicle within 5m of the edge of the road.

Apply for a permit

You must apply for a camping permit online before you set up camp.

Permits are free, no rubbish bags will be issued.

Apply for a permit

On the permit, make sure you record all the vehicle's registrations that will be at your camp site.

Information you need to know

Also refer to the Freedom Camping bylaw for conditions and interpretations.

We don't take reservations for any camp sites.

You can't claim a camp site by pegging out a tarpaulin. You must be on site using an approved structure to be a permitted camp site.

Council inspectors patrol all camp areas.

  • You must have a chemical toilet - one toilet for every 8 people.
  • You must have gas for cooking. There is usually a total fire ban during summer.
  • Drinking water is not available at any camp area, you must provide your own water.

This means any structure not qualifying as a tent, self-contained vehicle or motor vehicle or portaloo as determined by a Council enforcement officer.

A person must not:

  • a) camp in a semi-permanent structure; or
  • b) build, erect, or bring a semi-permanent structure onto the area.

You need to manage your own rubbish.

  • No bags are issued with your free permit so you need to take your own.
  • We encourage zero waste - so please take your rubbish with you when you leave.
  • Recycling stations are provided at Turihaua and Pouawa beaches, see sites for the closest transfer station.
  • Do not put rubbish bags at the roadside. Fines will be issued.

Your dog is allowed at your camp site, but for the safety of other campers they must be under your control.

You must pick up and dispose of your dog's droppings.

We will impound any roaming dogs.

All coastal areas in Gisborne-Tairawhiti are vulnerable to tsunami.

If you feel a strong earthquake that makes it hard to stand up, or a weak rolling earthquake that lasts more than a minute - you should get as far inland or as high as you can within 15 minutes (that's walking quickly not driving).

If you can take a transistor radio, listen for the all clear or otherwise you should wait 2 hours before returning to your camp, if no tsunami has been generated.

Beaches are public places, therefore all road rules apply:

  • No riding on the dunes, do not damage vegetation or cause erosion.
  • Be courteous to other beach users.
  • Don't create new tracks - use the established tracks.
  • Be careful of marine wildlife.