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Freedom Camping


Freedom camping in Napier

Camping at Kennedy Park Resort Napier.

Welcome to Napier! We take pride in our unique, clean and beautiful city and love to share it with responsible campers who adhere to the following freedom camping rules and restrictions.

Where can you camp?

Freedom camping is allowed at the following areas:

BMX Pump Track carpark, Marine Parade

  • 3 nights max. stay
  • Vehicles must be self-contained

Foreshore Reserve carpark

  • 2 nights max. stay
  • non-self-contained vehicles permitted

Westshore Beach Reserve and Perfume Point carpark

  • 4 spaces only (look for the signs)
  • Vehicles must be self-contained
  • 2 nights max. stay

The following rules apply across all sites:

  • The maximum number of nights a vehicle may stay in any of our freedom camping sites is 10 per calendar month (as defined in our bylaw)
  • Please respect the sites. They are public spaces so please consider other users
  • Dispose of all waste in facilities provided, or take it with you
  • No fires, alcohol or tents
  • Park in a legal manner in formed parking areas
  • Do no obstruct footpaths or access ways
  • Self-contained vehicles must clearly display NZS5465:2001 certification

Where else can I camp?

  • Kennedy Park Resort, 11 Storkey Street +64 6 843 9126
  • Affordable Westshore Holiday Park, 88 Meeanee Quay +64 6 835 9456
  • Hawke’s Bay Holiday Park, 3 Onehunga Road, Bay View +64 6 836 6064
  • Napier Beach Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels, 10 Gill Road, Bay View +64 6 836 7084
  • Bayview Motel and Holiday Park, 44 Petane Road, Bay View +64 6 836 6007

Where can I not freedom camp?

Freedom camping is prohibited in the following places:

  • The Westshore Foreshore Reserve (except in the designated sites - four vehicles only)
  • The CBD, Marewa, Taradale and Tamatea shopping districts
  • McLean Park

What happens if I break the rules?

All sites are regularly monitored.  Under the Freedom Camping Act 2011, any person who commits an offence against the bylaw is liable for a $200 infringement fee.

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

Some of the reasons our enforcement officers issue infringement notices include:

  • Freedom camping in a prohibited area
  • Freedom camping in a restricted area in breach of the conditions that applies to that area
  • Causing damage to an area – its flora or fauna, or any structure
  • Depositing waste other than in an appropriate waste receptacle

For more information on freedom camping rules, download the Freedom Camping Bylaw.

There are other Council bylaws that apply in Napier and controls under other legislation, such as for noise, consumption and possession of liquor in public places, and parking control.

View a map of the freedom camping areas in Napier and Hawke's Bay

Dump stations

Napier has three public dump stations specifically designed for campervan waste disposal.  These stations are marked on the map above.

•    Domain Road, Westshore
•    Marine Parade at the Pump Track Carpark
•    104 Latham Street

For information on other camping and accommodation options visit Napier i-SITE Visitor Centre, Marine Parade or visit

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