Kilometres of stunning coastline and the captivating backdrop of Kāpiti Island make Kāpiti a must visit destination for freedom travellers.
The series of coastal communities about an hour's drive north of Wellington make Kāpiti the perfect stop-over en-route to or from the Capital.
For details on campground facilities on the Kāpiti Coast visit one of the Kāpiti Coast’s i-SITE visitor information centres.
Fully self-contained motorhomes (with onboard toilets and waste disposal) are allowed to stay at nine Kāpiti Coast District Council designated sites.
Permits are not required but freedom campers are expected to be considerate of council bylaws, fellow campers and residents.
Freedom camping spots are well signposted. If a public area does not have a freedom camping sign, travellers should assume overnight stays are not allowed.
Raumati, Paraparaumu and Waikanae freedom camping sites have a maximum of one night's stay while two nights are allowed at Ōtaki.
The number of freedom camping vehicles allowed at each site ranges from one to six, on a first come, first served basis.
Freedom camping is prohibited for vehicles without their own toilet and waste disposal facilities. Non self-contained freedom campers must either use commercial facilities or the Department of Conservation facility at Ōtaki Forks
Work is currently underway on the Google Map, it will be available shortly.
Camping locations are available from the Freedom Camping Policy, see the link under Enforcement.
Kāpiti is committed to sustainability and asks all visitors to help protect our natural environmet. Freedom campers must abide by the council's freedom camping conditions which include:
The Kāpiti Coast District Council Beach Bylaw allows the public to have camp or barbeque type fires along the beaches of the Kāpiti Coast District, subject to a fire permit being issued to a responsible person. View more information including beach fire management plans and permitted areas on Council’s website.
The fire shall be immediately extinguished at the request of Council Enforcement Officer, Rural Fire Officer, member of the Police or Fire Service.
Council monitors freedom camping. Those who breach the conditions may be asked to move on, or face a penalty ranging from a parking or litter infringement, fine or vehicle impoundment.