Freedom Camping In Tauranga

Freedom to camp throughout Tauranga

Discover where you can Freedom Camp in Tauranga

Throughout Tauranga there are plenty of places to freedom camp. Unlike many towns and cities throughout New Zealand, Tauranga is very lenient when it comes to freedom camping. Offering wonderfully beautiful spots to find yourself waking up to.

Here we will provide for you the necessary information for you to take on board if you are to ever find yourself in Tauranga. The information here is official, provided by the Tauranga City Council. Among this information will be places to stay and sleep overnight or multiple nights. When, where and for how long you are permitted to stay in one place at a time. What some of the better places to stay are, be it for the views and scenery, vibe or ease of location.

Tauranga is with out a doubt one of the best freedom camping locations in New Zealand. Other than being central to itself – like every city, there are a few nearby neighbours that are also just as popular, if not more popular for tourists and the like. With that being said, I am sure you will enjoy this beautiful city as much as I and other freedom campers about.

All legal Freedom Camping spots throughout Tauranga

Days Available – Sunday to Thursday

Fergusson-park-tauranga

Fergusson Park

Days allowed to stay: Sunday - Thursday only
Number of spaces: Three
Location: 90 Tilby Drive, Matua, Tauranga
Opening hours: All year round from 5.30am to 10pm
Toilets: Toilets adjacent to boat ramp are open 24 hours

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Gordon Spratt Reserve

Days allowed to stay: Sunday - Thursday only
Number of spaces: Six
Location: 80 Alice Lane, Papamoa
Opening hours: 6am to 10pm in summer and 7am to 9.30pm in winter
Toilets: Rear public toilets are also unlocked daily

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Greerton Park

Days allowed to stay: Sunday - Thursday only
Number of spaces: Six
Location: 90 Oropi Road, Greerton, Tauranga
Opening hours: Year round from 6.30am to 9.30pm
Toilets: Open during the day

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Mitchell Park

Days allowed to stay: Sunday - Thursday only
Number of spaces: Two
Location: 50 Seymour Place, Bellevue, Tauranga
Opening hours: 5.30am to 9pm in summer and 5.30am to 10pm in winter
Toilets: Open 8am to 9pm daily

Pemberton-park-carpark

Pemberton Park

Days allowed to stay: Sunday - Thursday only
Number of spaces: Two
Location: 36 Yatton Street, Parkvale, Tauranga
Opening hours: 8am to 8pm in summer and 8am to 5pm in winter
Toilets: No toilets

Waipuna Park Freedom Camping

Waipuna Park

Days allowed to stay: Sunday - Thursday only
Number of spaces: Four
Location: 25 Kaitemako Road, Welcome Bay, Tauranga
Opening hours: Open all year round from 7am to 10pm
Toilets: Yes - summer 7am to 10pm, winter 7am to 7pm

Days Available – Available at all times

Beach-Rd-Reserve

Beach Road Reserve

Days allowed to stay: Available at all times
Number of spaces: Two
Location: Beach Rd, Otumoetai, Tauranga
Opening hours: -
Toilets: Yes - public toilets nearby

Carlton-Street-Reserve

Carlton Street Reserve

Days allowed to stay: Available at all times
Number of spaces: Eight
Location: 412 Ngatai Road, Tauranga
Opening hours: All year round from 5.30am to 6pm
Toilets: Yes - public toilet

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Cambridge Park

Days allowed to stay: Available at all times
Number of spaces: Six
Location: 280 Cambridge Rd, Tauranga
Opening hours: -
Toilets: Yes - public toilets nearby

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Graham Park

Days allowed to stay: Available at all times
Number of spaces: Two
Location: Accessed from Takitimu Dr, Tauranga
Opening hours: -
Toilets: No

Harrisons-Cut-Papamoa

Harrisons Cut

Days allowed to stay: Available at all times
Number of spaces: Two
Location: 500 Papamoa Beach Rd, Papamoa
Opening hours: -
Toilets: No

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Kulim Park

Days allowed to stay: Available at all times
Number of spaces: Two
Location: 101 Kulim Ave, Otumoetai, Tauranga
Opening hours: All year round from 5.30am to 6pm
Toilets: Yes - public toilet

Marine-park-tauranga

Marine Park

Days allowed to stay: Available at all times
Number of spaces: Eight
Location: Cross Rd/Keith Allen Dr, Tauranga, 3110
Opening hours: -
Toilets: Yes - public toilet

Matua-Saltmarsh-entrance

Matua Saltmarsh

Days allowed to stay: Available at all times
Number of spaces: Three
Location: Sylvania Dr, Matua, Tauranga
Opening hours: -
Toilets: No

Maxwells-Road-Esplanade

Maxwells Road Esplanade

Days allowed to stay: Available at all times
Number of spaces: Two
Location: Maxwells Rd, Otumoetai, Tauranga
Opening hours: -
Toilets: Yes - public toilet

Memorial-park-carpark

Memorial Park

Days allowed to stay: Available at all times
Number of spaces: Six
Location: Seventh Ave, Tauranga
Opening hours: -
Toilets: Yes - public toilet

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Motiti Reserve

Days allowed to stay: Available at all times
Number of spaces: Two
Location: Near 1165 Papamoa Beach Rd, Tauranga
Opening hours: -
Toilets: Yes - public toilet

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Rotary Park

Days allowed to stay: Available at all times
Number of spaces: Three
Location: Te Hono St, Tauranga
Opening hours: -
Toilets: Yes - public toilet

Stella-Place-Freedom-Camp-Beach

Stella Place

Days allowed to stay: Available at all times
Number of spaces: Three
Location: Opposite Stella Pl, Papamoa, Tauranga
Opening hours: -
Toilets: No

Taylor-Reserve

Taylor Reserve

Days allowed to stay: Available at all times
Number of spaces: Two
Location: Near 1007 Papamoa Beach Rd, Tauranga
Opening hours: -
Toilets: Yes - public toilet

Tye-Park-entrance

Tye Park

Days allowed to stay: Available at all times
Number of spaces: Two
Location: Forrester Dr, Tauranga
Opening hours: -
Toilets: Yes - public toilet

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Waikareao Foreshore

Days allowed to stay: Available at all times
Number of spaces: Three
Location: Near Takitimu Dr, Tauranga
Opening hours: -
Toilets: No

Whareroa-Reserve

Whareroa Reserve

Days allowed to stay: Available at all times
Number of spaces: Four
Location: First right turn off Totara St, Tauranga
Opening hours: -
Toilets: No

Mount-Greens-car-park

Mount Greens Carpark

Days allowed to stay: Available between 8pm and 7am
Number of spaces: Ten
Location: Kawaka St, Tauranga
Opening hours: -
Toilets: No

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Important information for Freedom Camping in Tauranga

What do I need to legally freedom camp in Tauranga?

If you are looking to freedom camp in Tauranga, you must have a self-contained vehicle. The vehicle must clearly display the NZS5465:2001 certification.

What happens if I break the rules of freedom camping?

The consequence for not adhering to the rules is a $200 fine. This will be issued by the local council.  Anyone who is caught breaching the freedom camping bylaw, may also be liable for prosecution. The freedom camping bylaw sets out all of the spots and places where you can and cannot park/stay.

Freedom Camping on roads and at car parks

Throughout the city you are able to freedom camp on a number of roads and at a number of car parks. However, the rule breaker is you can’t park in front of a private home or business. Here is a list of some places you can’t park overnight:

  • Tauranga Racecourse
  • Marine Parade or The Mall, Mount Maunganui
  • Maunganui Road car park or City Council Administration car park 
  • any road with a speed limit over 50km/hr or any service lane.
  • Macville Park
  • Omanu Surf Club car park
  • Sulphur Point 
  • Cliff Road car park 
  • Greerton Road car park
  • Turret Road
  • Shadelands Lane
  • Ocean Downs Reserve
  • Papamoa Domain

 

Here is a link to the Freedom Camping Bylaw 2019 from the Tauranga City Council. This has all the necessary information if you wish to fully understand the rules.

Tauranga City Council Freedom Camping Bylaw 2019

Places of interest in Tauranga