Camping in Wellington

If you're looking to do some camping in Wellington, check out the sites we recommend in and around the city.

Last updated: 11:00a.m., 25 March 2020

Barnett Street Car Park closure

Barnett Street Car Park on the Wellington Waterfront is not available to freedom campers. Barnett Street Car Park is being used to provide essential heath services. This is part of the Ministry of Health's Covid-19 response to look after our community. This is a temporary arrangement.

For up to date information about Council facilities, services and venues: wellington.govt.nz/coronavirus.

Two people sitting at a table by their campervan on Wellington's south coast.

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Campervans (self-contained only)

Overnight parking in Wellington

If you arrive after 1600hrs in our peak season, Nov to April, you will probably find our campgrounds are already full. So please make arrangements to stay at Barnett St or at a facility in the Wellington region. See Campermate app for availability at these sites.

Barnett Street Car Park on the Wellington Waterfront is not available to freedom campers. Barnett Street Car Park is being used to provide essential heath services. This is part of the Ministry of Health's Covid-19 response to look after our community. This is a temporary arrangement.

Full-service campervan parks in Wellington

If you require a serviced motorhome carpark in Wellington, visit: 

Freedom camping in Wellington for campervans (self-contained only)

Restricted camping on public land is allowed in Wellington City for self-contained campervans at the following two sites:

  • Southern end of the Marina car park at Evans Bay (271KB PDF)
  • Te Kopahou Reserve entrance car park at Te Kopahou Reserve (274KB PDF)
    Note:
    Fishing, gathering and harvesting is prohibited at Te Kopahou Reserve.
    Watch for extreme weather. This area often has high winds so make sure you secure your rubbish and belongings so they don't get blown around.

Freedom camping restrictions

  • You can camp at either of these sites for a maximum of four nights in any single calendar month. If you stay longer, you can be fined.
  • Make sure you only park within the areas designated for self-contained campervans.
  • These sites are not suitable for tents.
  • Be respectful of the environment, other visitors to the area and reserve users.

Public dump stations

Wellington's three purpose-built stations for responsible disposal of waste and sewage are located at Evans Bay Marina, Ngaraunga Gorge and Tawa Swimming Pool.

Map of public dump stations in Wellington

Areas where camping is prohibited in Wellington

Reserves

Camping is not permitted in Wellington's reserves, including the Town Belt.

Along the coast, this includes:

  • Balaena Bay
  • Dorrie Leslie Park
  • Moa Point
  • Princess Bay
  • Tarakena Bay
  • Wahine Park

Wellington City

 

Download

Maps - Prohibited Areas for Camping in Wellington (1.8MB PDF)

See these maps of other areas in Wellington city centre where camping is prohibited.

Fines

Freedom camping offences may be subject to an infringement notice (Section 27(6), Freedom Camping Act 2011) and fee of $200. 

What to do if you receive a fine

If you receive an infringement notice from an Enforcement Officer, you can pay the fee online using your credit card (use the Camping payment type) or at the Wellington City Council Service Centre, 12 Manners Street, Wellington.

Pay camping infringement fines

Camping for tents and campervans outside Wellington City

The following sites are between 20km and 50km from Wellington City and include options for those camping in tents as well as for campervans:

Hutt Valley

Kapiti

Porirua

Free overnight campervan parking in Porirua

You can park your campervan overnight for free at four sites in Porirua, about 20km outside Wellington:
Overnight campervan parking - Porirua City Council