TIA leads the Responsible Camping Forum and encourages all campers to stay in holiday parks, Department of Conservation (DOC) camping grounds or other designated areas. Regardless of where campers are staying, they should have minimal environmental impact.
TIA does not support total bans on freedom camping as this would impact on New Zealanders who regard it as a birthright and unfairly penalise the majority of overseas visitors who behave appropriately.
TIA believes that a strong responsible camping framework focuses on the themes of insight, information, infrastructure and enforcement, and provides national consistency in initiatives and messaging while allowing for regional decision-making in delivery.
We advocate for councils to take a pro-active approach in the management of freedom camping to ensure it is managed in a way that meets the expectations of the host community, including local tourism operators.