Change is on the horizon for rules in relation to freedom camping in vehicles on land managed by local authorities.

Following consultation earlier this year, the Government has announced plans to phase in changes designed to ensure the right vehicle is being used in the right place. Taituarā made a submission on this consultation. 

The changes include the introduction of a register of self-contained vehicles, and the requirement for vehicles to have a fixed toilet in order to be certified as self-contained. 

Enforcement will be strengthened, with those in breach liable for fines of up to $1000. 

The Government is also committing $10 million in transitional funding to support local councils to educate freedom campers and develop local bylaws over two years. 

More information about the changes and the anticipated timing of their introduction is available on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website.