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Campers leave rubbish at Pouawa Beach

25 Oct 2012

Campers leave rubbish at Pouawa Beach

The Gisborne district is fortunate that absolute beach front camping is still available to all. Many people value the freedom camping experience of packing up their gear and heading to the beach or Donneraille Park.   To preserve this tradition we all need to work together.

Unfortunately after Labour weekend a couple of piles of rubbish were left on the side of the road in the Pouawa Beach freedom camping area.

Campers must take their rubbish with them. Alternatively campers can use the blue rubbish bags they get when they buy their camping permit. At this time of the year the rubbish bags are picked up on Tuesday and Thursday from Pouawa Beach when left beside a tent or caravan before 8am.

Rubbish should not be left by the side of the road or holes dug to put it in. More information about the rubbish collection days.

All freedom campers must obtain a permit for a nominal fee ($10 for 2 nights, $25 for 10 nights or $60 for 28 nights). Permits are available from

  • Council offices in Fitzherbert Street, Gisborne and Te Puia Springs - and you can apply online
  • the freedom camping rubbish contractor
  • i-Sites in Gisborne, Opotiki, Wairoa and Whakatane
  • Uawa Foodmarket, Tolaga Bay

Rubbish left by campers