Where can we freedom camp? Easy, at the below locations only. What happens if we break the rules? You’ll most likely be fined $200. More questions like these and additional information can be found below, along with dump station locations.
A temporary road closure of the BMX Pump Track carpark will be in place from Monday 26 September to Monday 3 October.
The carpark will be closed for freedom camping during this time. Thank you for your patience and understanding and please view our freedom camping locations map for alternative locations.
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.
It is your responsibility to find legal freedom camping spots. If none are available, please ensure you find alternative accommodation. Freedom camping is a considerable concern to many Napier residents. Following the rules is essential to ensure freedom camping remains available to all.
Freedom camping is allowed at the following areas:
The Westshore Beach Reserve is closed until 1 April 2023 pursuant to section 9.1 of the Bylaw. For our FAQs, visit - Changes to Westshore Beach Reserve.
Our bylaw allows certified self-contained vehicles to park anywhere in the Napier district that is not prohibited for one night only. Non-self-contained vehicles are able to park at the Foreshore Reserve site. However, if there are no spaces available, you must find alternative accommodation.
Freedom camping is prohibited in the following places:
All sites are regularly monitored. Under the Freedom Camping Act 2011, we can issue an instant $200 fine to anyone breaking the NCC Freedom camping bylaw. You may also be liable for prosecution.
Some of the reasons our enforcement officers issue infringement notices include:
For more information on freedom camping rules, view the "Related Documents" at the top of the page.
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
• 104A Latham Street
For information on other camping and accommodation options visit Napier i-SITE Visitor Centre, Marine Parade or visit www.napiernz.com.
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