Freedom camping in our district
We welcome responsible campers to the Gisborne district and encourage the use of commercial and DoC camp grounds. If you're freedom camping, please be familiar with our rules and the 'Kiwi' saying "leave only footprints".
We have 3 designated year-round freedom camping sites - green pins on the map.
Also 5 restricted sites where freedom camping is only allowed between April - September (outside NZ daylight savings period) - orange pins.
Note: The Marina car park is closed to freedom campers for the 2019/20 summer season. Read the media release
Have your say
Have your say on our draft Freedom Camping Bylaw 2021. The new bylaw proposes to regulate freedom camping and make changes to summer camping.
Read our freedom camping bylaw and maps
Freedom camping sites
Freedom camping in Gisborne city
Freedom camping is permitted only in a self-contained vehicle, on formed public parking area, except where it's restricted or prohibited. The maximum stay is 3 days.
Where freedom camping is prohibited
Freedom camping is prohibited at reserves, sportsgrounds, nature reserves and beaches including Titirangi, Makorori Beach (except the designated carpark), Tolaga Bay Wharf carpark, parts of Tolaga Bay and Kaiaua Beach (except the designated camping areas), Marina car park and any reserve that has a reserve management plan - here's the list
Campers on prohibited land will be issued an infringement notice and directed to the nearest registered camping ground or freedom camping site.
Public dump stations
Hallrite Plumbing and Gasfitting Yard, 71 Awapuni Road
Gisborne Mobil Service Station, 49 Wainui Road
Te Araroa transfer station, Te Arawapia Rd, Te Araroa
Mayfair Store & Cabins, Waitangi Street, Tokomaru Bay
Dump stations at campgrounds, fees may apply:
Tolaga Bay Holiday Park, 167 Wharf Road, Tolaga Bay
Anaura Bay Motor Camp, Anaura Bay, Anaura Bay
Tatapouri By The Sea, 516 Whangara, SH35, Tatapouri
Waikanae Beach Holiday Park, Grey Street, Gisborne
Showgrounds Park Motor Camp, 20 Main Road, Makaraka
Care for our environment
How you can help maintain our district's natural environment during your stay:
♦ the maximum stay is 3 nights - check requirements on each site
♦ use the public toilets available in the area
♦ take advantage of local laundry facilities for washing clothes
♦ hot showers are available at the toilets in Bright Street
♦ dispose of all waste in facilities provided, or take it with you
♦ ensure your wastewater holding tanks are discharged at designated dump stations (see list below)
♦ please respect our sites, they're public spaces so consider other users
♦ no fires, use gas BBQs and cookers only
♦ park in formed car parks, without obstructing accessways
♦ see our alcohol ban areas
You may be asked to move by an authorised officer if:
♦ you’re not camping in a vehicle or self-contained vehicle where required
♦ you've stayed more than 3 nights in any public place
♦ camping would create a health hazard
♦ the public place is required for another purpose
♦ camping would obstruct pedestrian or vehicle traffic
♦ camping is creating a noise nuisance
♦ the ground conditions are unsuitable for camping or camping will damage the area
♦ camping is not allowed at that site
Freedom camping bylaw
For more information see our freedom camping bylaw