Freedom Camping

There has never been a better time, to pack up the family and head into the great outdoors.  Let us help you make your Freedom Camping dreams a reality.

Solar Solutions for Freedom Campers

Solar gives you the power to totally unplug, and detach yourself from busy camping grounds and leave the towns and cities far behind. Adding solar is really easy and we will support you every step of the way. 

Solar is the perfect power solution for Freedom Campers, because it is:

  1. Clean, Quiet, and Easy To Use
  2. Safe and Reliable
  3. Uses an Abundant, Free Energy Source – The Sun

We have 20+ years in Custom RV installations, which means we take the time to understand everything we can about your power needs then we specify and install the very best solar solution. Or if you prefer we can specify and supply the product for you to install yourself.

Specification Process:

We will ask you questions such as:

  • When and how often you are planning on camping? Remember you may like to lend/rent your camper to family members, or friends and neighbours, to give others a break away.
  • On average how long do you want to be parked up? Ie are you planning to go one place and park up for weeks at a time, or move every couple of days.  (this impacts on the battery we will recommend for you.)
  • How many people will be camping on average?
  • What are you wanting to power? – Lights, Cell Phones, Laptop, TV/Stereo, Coffee Maker, Refrigerator (DC), Refrigerator (residential), Hair dryer, Microwave

Have you got your self-containment NZS 5465 certification? Or are you wishing to qualify for one? Without this certificate you must camp in a designated campsite.

As discussed every RV/Caravan Owner has different needs, so we will provide a no obligation assessment and quote for the solar solution that is right for you. But to give you a general idea, of the price of Off-Grid Systems:

Mini Off GridMid SizeSupersize
People1-2 People2-4 people4-7 people
Berths1-2 Berth4 Berth6 Berth
 
 Small System Occassional UseMedium System Light UseLarge System, Regular Use
Total$2,500-6,000$4,000-$10,000$7,000- $20,000

To kick start the specification process, feel free to fill out the form below, don’t worry if you don’t know all the answers just fill out what you can. Or just give us a call and we can work through it together.

Quote Form

  • Tell us about your project.
  • If applicable please provide your vehicle make, model, year, length, etc.
  • What are some devices you want to be able to run in your RV without being connected to shore power or having your generator running:
  • Check the boxes that apply to your RV lifestyle.
  • What is the condition of your batteries?
  • Type, group size, brand, model number, Ah rating, age, etc.
  • What kind of service is your rig designed to plug into?
  • Describe your current or desired inverter/charger system
  • Make, model, wattage, etc.
  • Describe your current or desired solar charging system
  • Do you have a solar pre-wire?
  • Solar wattage, charge controller make, model, etc.
  • Do you want to do the work yourself or have someone else do it?
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Embrace Tiaki 

Tiaki means to care for people and place.  New Zealand is precious, and everyone who lives and travels here has a responsibility to look after it.  The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand, for now and for future generations.

By following the Tiaki Promise you are making a Commitment to New Zealand.  To act as a guardian, protecting and preserving our home.

While Travelling within New Zealand I will:

  • Care for Land, Sea and Nature, Treading Lightly and Leaving No Trace
  • Travel Safely, showing care and consideration for all
  • Respect Culture, Travelling with an Open Heart And Mind
  • Be Prepared

Top Freedom Camping Tips for 2020

1. Self Containment Certification

If you wish to stay in a freedom camping area, your vehicle must be self-contained. Self-contained vehicles must meet the Caravan Self Containment Certification standard.
You’ll need to be able to live in your RV/Motorhome/Camper for three days without getting more water or dumping waste. It must have:
-a toilet
-fresh water storage 
-wastewater storage, and 
-a rubbish bin with a lid. (Refer to Rules and Regulations below for more information)

Self Contained Sticker

2. You Need to Follow Local Council Rules

There are a host of places to camp legally so do take the time to download the apps listed below and plan where you are going to camp. Fines are given when: camping in a non designated spot, camping in the one place too long, camping in freedom camping area with self-contained sticker etc. Fines tend to be $200

2. Rubbish Must Go In The Bin or Be Taken With You

To meet the requirements to get a Self-Containment Certificate you need a rubbish bin in your camper, be sure to take all your rubbish with you and dispose at a local tip, the Apps have these clearly marked for your convenience.

3. Dispose of your Waste Properly

To dispose of your grey waste (sink and shower water) and toilet waste, you must use an appropriate dump station. Dump stations are indicated with a symbol of a camping vehicle with an arrow pointing down. Nearby dump stations will be indicated on road signs throughout the country, so keep an eye out! Alternatively, you can plan your next dump station visit by using  the Apps we recommend or simply head to your nearest holiday park. If using your campervan toilet and water every day, it’s recommended to dispose of it every three days.

4. When you do need to use Holiday Parks

There are times where you will need to use a holiday park.  Choosing a campsite run by local councils or DOC are very affordable and they tend to be less busy (except during peak summer periods).

Of course there does remain a small risk with shared spaces of exposure to Covid 19 or other viruses. Just remember to wipe all shared hard surfaces with disenfectant before and after use, wash or disenfect your hands regularly, and practice social distancing (ideally 2m apart).  If you do start to feel unwell,  call 0800 358 5453, they will direct you to the nearest medical facility who is equiped to help you.

Rules And Regulations:

In Short:

  • You need to get a certificate for self-containment 
  • Become a New Zealand Caravan Club Member
  • Only overnight in approved places
  • Never Leave rubbish behind
  • Drain tanks only at the official dump stations
  • Always use a toilet

Freedom Camping Act

The New Zealand Government established the Freedom Camping Act in 2011 to regulate camping on land controlled by local authorities and by the Department of Conservation.
Find out more about the act and how it applies to you. 

Freedom Camping Act

Camping on conservation land

Camping is permitted on public conservation land, except in areas where it is expressly prohibited or restricted to self-contained vehicles. This is indicated at each location by signage. For a list of conservation areas where camping is prohibited or restricted to self-contained vehivles visit the Department of Conservation’s website.

Department of Conservation

Self Containment Certification

These rules are in place to encourage campers to be responsible for all their own waste, and to leave each camping area as they find it.

A plumber, gasfitter or other qualified officer needs to check if your vehicle meets the requirements. When it passes, they will give you a warrant and a blue and white sticker to display in your vehicle. These are the only people you should get this sticker from. 

Self Containment Certification Standard

Council camping bylaws

Make sure you’re following the bylaws for the areas you’re in by checking with the local council. For a full list of New Zealand councils click the link below.New Zealand Councils

Finding Top Spots

Best Apps

The CamperMate and Camping NZ mobile apps are extremely useful tools to help you plan your journey. Find out more about each app and how to download them below.

Camping NZ app

The Camping NZ app takes the hassle out of finding a campsite or campground while travelling in New Zealand. Its in-app map is preloaded with over 4000 council-approved camping locations across the country and can be downloaded for use offline. Camping NZ

CamperMate app

Let CamperMate ride shotgun with you on the road in New Zealand and find epic campsites, nearby petrol, pet-friendly parks, things to do and a whole bunch more. Available for free in the App Store and Google Play. Camper Mate

Department of Conservation Visitor Centres

There are 19 Department of Conservation (DOC) Visitor Centres across New Zealand. The centres are staffed by DOC rangers with first-hand, in-depth local knowledge about conservation places, conservation campsites and activities.

Visit DOC’s website to find out more and to locate a visitor centre near you.
Department of Conservation campsites

i-SITE Visitor Information Centres

i-SITE New Zealand is New Zealand’s official visitor information network.

There are almost 80 i-SITE Visitor Centres around New Zealand, each staffed by friendly locals with excellent knowledge of the campsites and activities available in their region and other parts of New Zealand.

i-SITEs are a great place to visit to gain expert knowledge to help you plan your New Zealand holiday.

i-SITE staff are able to provide visitors with comprehensive, up-to-date information and a New Zealand-wide booking service for activities, attractions, accommodation and transport.

Visit the official i-SITE New Zealand website to find an i-SITE near you.