Camping Our Way

Kaitiakitanga - The guardianship and sustainable management of natural, built and cultural resources for the collective benefit of current and future generations.

Please embrace this important value and LOVE THE CATLINS

Campervan Facilities in the Catlins

Catlins is the perfect place to explore by motorhome or campervan.
In the spirit of manaakitanga, the local community not only takes a hosting role but also has one of guardianship over our beautiful environment.
As the Catlins works towards being a sustainable visitor destination, we ask that visitors play their part in contributing to the district’s well-being while enjoying our magnificent natural resources.

Specifically we ask all visitors to please:

It is not permitted to freedom camp or ‘park up’ in an occupied vehicle overnight in a public place. Persons found freedom camping or occupying a ‘parked up’ vehicle overnight on any Catlins street, reserve, carpark, rest area or road lay-by will be required to relocate to a designated camping area.

For Information on where to stay in the Catlins go to the Accommodation page.

The website is a useful information tool for planning motorhome travel in New Zealand. There are helpful tips on how you as a visitor can engage in responsible tourism and also links to regional information on camping regulations and motorhome facilities.


Please stay in Holiday Parks, Department of Conservation camping grounds or other designated areas.

Where Can you Camp? Fully Self Contained Non Self Contained
(no toilet, shower or grey water storage)
DOC campsites Yes Yes
Holiday Parks Yes Yes
Designated camping sites with a toilet Yes Yes
Designated camping sites without a toilet Yes No

If in doubt, assume nothing – always ask here:




All the best in your trip planning and we look forward to hosting you soon!

The Catlins is situated in the Clutha District and Southland District. There are two different Freedom Camping Policies.
Please click here for Freedom Camping Policies for both regions.


New Zealand is a beautiful country. Help keep our towns, cities, parks, beaches and native bush free from pollution and waste. Please also respect our unique flora and fauna. Be active and get involved in caring for the environment. It is everyone’s responsibility.
Here are some tips on how to be eco-wise and leave gentle footprints when travelling in New Zealand.


Staying safe is important to enjoying your holiday. This information is provided to help you travel safely throughout New Zealand. Remember New Zealand can experience four seasons in a day, therefore for even short outdoor trips you should carry a waterproof top and warm clothing. For anything over a short walk, always let someone know where you are going and when you will be back.


In the spirit of Kaitiakitanga (guardianship) we ask that plan a holiday committed to leaving no trace of your trip for the collective benefit of current and future generations. ‘Camping our way’ is not using the side of the road or the bush as a toilet – please use onboard or public facilities.

Please leave no trace of your visit. Put all your rubbish in the bins provided.

To help protect our environment, please carefully recycle your rubbish in the bins provided.

Public toilets. ‘Camping our way’ is not using the bush as a toilet – please use onboard or public facilities.

Dump stations – these are places where you can empty your campervan toilet and wastewater.

Yes, you can camp here! Call in to Information centres, Department of Conservation visitor centres and holiday parks and ask about local camping guidelines. Ask a local!

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