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 Freedom Camping

Casual ‘free’ camping will be permitted in the following places:

  • Te Paerahi Beach (Porangahau) - In the Council owned ‘free camp’ area situated on the corner of Te Paerahi Street and Puketauhinu Place.
  • Kairakau Beach - Fully certified ‘self contained’ motor homes ONLY are permitted to stay overnight for not more than three consecutive nights, on the area of grass at the northern end of Kairakau Beach Road (past the new public toilet). The area allowed to be used is clearly signposted. Any other form of camping on any other ‘Council’ land at Kairakau Beach is NOT ALLOWED.
  • Pourerere Beach - Where signposted. Any camping between 17 December - 6 February is by a ballot process. All sites are now full for this period and no further overnight camping is available over the summer period at Pourerere Beach.
  • Tommy Ireland Point lookout (Pourerere Beach Road) – Fully certified ‘self contained’ motor homes ONLY for not more than three consecutive nights.
  • Aramoana Beach – Fully certified ‘self contained’ motor homes ONLY are permitted to stay overnight for not more than three consecutive nights, in the clearly signposted area at the end of the public car park area near to the public toilets. Three (3) parks have been allocated for this activity.

(This in effect excludes all other places such as Whangaehu, Mangakuri, Parimahu and Blackhead Beaches. Camping is also not allowed on the ‘local purpose reserve’ at the northern end of the existing Blackhead Beach Public Camping Ground.)

House rules

  • There is a total fire ban on all beaches in Central Hawke's Bay all year around. There are no exceptions to this.
  • Length of stay is not to exceed 7 days.
  • Campers must leave the site clean and tidy.
  • Camp sites must be set up in such a way as to not interfere with or damage trees, other vegetation such as sand dune plants, or disturb nesting birds in the dunes.
  • No permanent structures will be permitted.
  • Suitable signs will be erected advising public of areas where camping is permitted and areas where camping is not permitted.
  • Casual campers must notify the Council's Bylaw Officer of their name, address and contact phone number, their intended camping area and length of stay.
  • Dogs are allowed with campers at freedom camping sites BUT they must be kept under strict control at all times.  Signposted bylaws regarding dogs on beaches over summer months must also be adhered to.

Phone +64 6 857 8060 for more information.


Safety For Travellers

You are travelling and you need to find a toilet where do you go?

In New Zealand you can expect to find toilets at:

  • Information and visitor centres
  • National park headquarters
  • Petrol stations
  • Hotels
  • Public Libraries
  • Camp grounds
  • Rail and bus stations
  • Urban Parks and Children's Playgrounds

Use the toilets in towns as they may not be available in the countryside.

At remote locations where there are no toilets, bury your waste.

  • Select a secluded spot well away from water, walking tracks,huts and potential campsites.
  • Dig or scrape a shallow hole and refill with loose soil.
  • Waste will degrade fastest in loose topsoil where humus is actively decomposing.

Campervan, Caravan and Movan users

  • Use public toilets rather than fill up your holding tank
  • Before setting out on your trip identify the location of sewage dump points e.g. camping grounds

The procedure for dumping is simple and clean. If your vehicle has a holding tank it will have a flexible hose with a snap coupling to fit the dump point facility. In the event of a spillage a hose at the dump facility may be used to wash it away. Portable toilets may also be emptied into dump points with care.

Disposal of Rubbish

If you are out in the countryside, rubbish disposal can be a problem.

  • Plan your trip to minimise rubbish
  • Burying rubbish is unsatisfactory because rubbish can be exposed by animals or erosion so please carry away all rubbish.
  • Disposal nappies are NOT BIODEGRADABLE! Ensure that you take plastic bags and carry used nappies home.
  • Roadside rubbish containers are only provided for light litter. E.g. Sweet and take away wrappers.
  • Food and household wastes (rubbish bags) should be taken home or disposed of in motorcamp rubbish bins or in the local rubbish dump.

Indiscriminate disposal of human waste

Indiscriminate disposal of human waste ruins the enjoyment of the natural environment and creates a significant health risk. It promotes the spread of intestinal disease either from direct contact or by insect carriers such as flies.

Rest areas, roadsides, parks and reserves are being polluted with human waste from sightseers, picnickers and campers. Indiscriminate emptying of campervan/caravan toilets is creating a definite environment hazard.

With increased use of the outdoors by New Zealanders and Overseas Visitors more care is required with the disposal of human waste.

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