Freedom camping

Nelson City Council is pleased you have chosen to spend part of your camping holiday with us here in the top of the South Island.  Nelson is a fantastic city with much to see and enjoy, especially with three magnificent National Parks on its doorstep. To make sure the region stays beautiful and accessible for all to enjoy Nelson City Council has some rules relating to overnight camping that you need to  be aware of. There have been some changes to freedom camping in Nelson. You can read more about that here.

Where can I camp?

Motor camps

The following campgrounds provide complete self-contained and non-self-contained services for campers:

Motorcamps in Nelson City

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Features

Tahuna Beach Holiday Park

Self catering and self contained accommodation, through to budget accommodation. Sites for campers, caravaners, backpackers, whether camping in motor homes, caravans, tents or budget cabins.

Brook Valley Holiday Park

Good sheltered sites for tents, powered sites and various grades of cabins. Ablution blocks located nearby for campers convenience.

Maitai Valley Motor Camp

Nestled among 10 acres of native bush and trees. Peaceful surroundings with river, swimming hole and golf course close by. Clean, tidy facilities and grounds for your enjoyment and use. Camp sites, cabins and caravan hire.

Nelson City Holiday Park and Motel

Clean, tidy facilities and grounds for your enjoyment and use. Tent sites may be available on request, three standard cabins, TV room.

Find out more about Nelson's motorcamps including their fees.

Camping outside motorcamps (freedom camping)

  • Certified self contained campers (with toilet and washing facilities on board) can camp on Council land anywhere in Nelson apart from in residential areas and in public parks and reserves.
  • Non-self contained campers must camp close to public toilets, but camping is not allowed in residential areas or on public parks and reserves.
freedom camping map

Map showing freedom camping areas in Nelson

Dump stations in Nelson Tasman

Free public dump stations

  • Nelson Public Dump Station, Mobil Tahunanui, 28 Tahunanui Drive
  • Nelson Public Dump Station, BP Truck Stop in Hay Street, Port Nelson
  • Fittal Street, off Beach Road, near Waste Transfer Station, Richmond
  • Entrance to camping ground, Collingwood
  • Abel Tasman National Park Toilets at Totaranui
  • Mobil Takaka
  • Golden Bay i-Site Visitor Centre
  • Hickmott Car Park, adjacent to New World Supermarket, Motueka
  • Jubilee Park, Gladstone Road, Richmond
  • Nelson Lakes National Park Kerr Bay Camping Ground
  • Mobil Murchison

Additional dump stations where you must stay in order to use the service

  • Tahuna Beach Holiday Park, 70 Beach Road, Nelson
  • Maitai Valley Motor Camp, Maitai Valley, Nelson
  • Brook Valley Motor Camp, Brook Valley, Nelson
  • Nelson Cabins & Caravan Park, 230 Vanguard Street
  • Richmond Motel and Top 10 Holiday Park, 29 Gladstone Road, Richmond, Nelson
  • Club Waimea, 345 Lower Queens Street, Richmond
  • Pohara Beach Top 10 Holiday Park
  • Abel Tasman Marahau Beach Camp
  • Kaiteriteri Beach Motor Camp
  • Bethany Park Christian Camp
  • Motueka Top 10 Holiday Park
  • McKee Memorial Recreation Reserve Campground
  • Mapua Leisure Park Holiday Resort
  • Greenwood Park Camping Ground, Appleby
  • Quinney’s Bush Camp and Caravan Park
  • Tapawera Settle Motels and Campground
  • Murchison Motor Home Park
  • Kiwi Park Motels and Holiday Park, Murchison

Sewage/wastewater disposal points on payment of a fee are available at:

  • Greenwood Park Camping Ground, Appleby
  • Motor Caravan Association dump station, Main Road Tapawera

More information

You can find more information about camping throughout New Zealand at the www.camping.org.nz website.

Also, here's more information on camping grounds and policies at Tasman District Council.