Camping in the Waikato

The Waikato district has some amazing towns and beaches and we highly recommend you visit some of these great spots.

Things you need to know:

In a self-contained vehicle?
If you are in a self-contained vehicle you can camp anywhere in our district except in the prohibited areas. You can stay up to 3 nights in each area. 

Note: Some areas have restrictions. Self-contained camping at The Point in Ngaruawahia is restricted to a designated area and it can’t be used if the area is required for events. At St Stephens Car Park in Tuakau you can only camp in a self-contained vehicle between the hours of 6pm and 10am and you can’t stay for more than two nights.

Not in a self-contained vehicle?
You can camp at Onewhero Domain and Te Kauwhata Domain but you can’t camp in these areas for more than 2 nights if you aren’t self-contained. It is free to camp in these areas.

Otherwise you’ll need to stay in a holiday park, campground or a Department of Conservation camping area.

What areas are prohibited or restricted?

You can view locations and areas here (click to enlarge):

Horotiu Bridge Carpark

Horotiu Bridge carpark camping


Ngaruawahia, The Point Waikato Esplanade

Ngaruawahia, Hopuhopu Reserve

Ngaruawahia Waingaro Rd

Ngaruawahia Brownlee Ave

Port Waikato

Maraetai Bay Road
Sunset Beach

Onewhero Domain

Onewhero Domain camping


Bridal Veil Falls
CBD Cliff Street
Earles Place
Greenslade Road
Lorenzen Bay
Manu Bay Reserve
Ngarunui Reserve
Papahua Domain
Raglan Wharf
Rirai Kereopa Drive
Tohora Close
Wanui Road


Papanui Point Car Park
Ruapuke Beach Road
Swaan Access Rd
Te Kauwhata
Te Kauwhata Domain camping
Tuakau St Stephens Ave camping



Where do I find camping grounds in your district?

Find out more about camping grounds

Information about the Freedom Camping Act 2011 and our Freedom Camping Bylaw 2016

Under the Waikato District Council Freedom Camping Bylaw (2016), you can receive a $200 fine if you do not comply with the rules. You can also be fined for littering or making too much noise.  


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