This bylaw controls freedom camping in certain areas owned or managed by the Council, in order to protect these areas, including protecting access to the areas and the health and safety of people using them.
For more information on freedom camping and an interactive map showing where you can camp, see Camping and Campervans in Christchurch and Akaroa(external link)
Pursuant to the powers vested in it by the Freedom Camping Act 2011, the Christchurch City Council makes this Bylaw.
This Bylaw incorporates amendments approved by the Council on 8 November 2018 (which came into force on 1 December 2018), which prohibited all forms of freedom camping in Akaroa township, and enabled 18 parking spaces for self-contained freedom camping in the Akaroa Freedom Camping Area. A requirement that only one vehicle can park in a marked freedom camping parking space, and that all camping equipment must be kept within that parking space were also added.
Compliance with this Bylaw does not remove the need to comply with all applicable Acts, regulations, bylaws, and rules of law. This includes complying with any parking or other traffic restrictions in any area, not littering, not lighting fires in breach of any fire ban, not making excessive noise, no camping in parks and reserves, and complying with the directions of enforcement officers.
This Bylaw may be cited as the Christchurch City Council Freedom Camping Bylaw 2015.
This Bylaw comes into force on 1 December 2016.
The purpose of this Bylaw is to control freedom camping in the district in order to:
a. protect local authority areas;
b. protect the health and safety of people who may visit local authority areas;
c. protect access to local authority areas.
In this Bylaw, unless the context otherwise requires:
Act means the Freedom Camping Act 2011.
Certified self-contained vehicle means a vehicle designed and built for the purpose of camping which has the capability of meeting the ablutionary and sanitary needs of occupants of that vehicle for a minimum of three days without requiring any external services or discharging any waste and complies with New Zealand Standard 5465:2001, as evidenced by the display of a current self-containment warrant issued under New Zealand Standard Self Containment of Motor Caravans and Caravans, NZS 5465:2001.
Council means the Christchurch City Council
District means the district of the Council.
The following terms have the same definitions as in the Act:
Great Walks Track means:
Local authority area:
In this Act, local authority area:
Waste receptacle: means a receptacle or facility that is provided by the Council for the purposes of disposing of waste (for example, a rubbish bin, public toilet, or bulk waste disposal unit).
Freedom camping is permitted in any local-authority area within the district unless it is prohibited or restricted:
The following note is explanatory and is not part of the Bylaw: Notice given by the Council may include any of the following: a sign erected in the area; and/or advertising on the Council's website or on the radio; and/or a public notice in the paper.
The following note is explanatory and is not part of the Bylaw: This clause is to make it clear that approval of freedom camping under this Bylaw also satisfies any requirement for approval under another bylaw or enactment. For example:
The Council designates parking areas under the Traffic and Parking Bylaw and Council approval is needed to make changes; approving the same area for freedom camping under this bylaw also provides any Traffic and Parking Bylaw approval, if required (but the freedom camping must still comply with any parking time limits, etc. applicable to the area).
The provisions of the Christchurch City General Bylaw 2008 (as amended from time to time) are implied into and form part of this Bylaw.
The following note is explanatory and is not part of the Bylaw: Section 20 of the Act provides for the above offences and also for other offences, such as not properly disposing of waste into a waste receptacle, damaging or interfering with the flora and fauna in an area, and obstructing or threatening an enforcement officer.
Section 22 of the Act sets out defences to a freedom camping offence, The defences include that an offence was committed due to an action or event beyond the control of the defendant that could not reasonably have been foreseen, or the act was necessary to protect life or health, prevent injury or serious damage to property. Council officers use their discretion when investigating freedom camping complaints, which will include consideration of any defences that may be available to a person.
The initial resolution to make this Bylaw was passed by the Christchurch City Council at a meeting of the Council on the 13th day of August 2015 and was confirmed, following consideration of submissions received during a special consultative procedure by a resolution at a subsequent meeting of the Council on the 26th day of November 2015.
This Bylaw was amended by the Council on 2 November 2016, and the amendments came into force on 1 December 2016.
This Bylaw was amended by the Council on 8 November 2018, and the amendments came into force on 1 December 2018.
The following note is explanatory and is not part of the bylaw:
For certified self-contained vehicles, freedom camping is allowed, except in the prohibited areas marked red on the maps.
In the areas marked orange on the maps, the maximum period of stay is two nights within a 30-day period.
The tables below contain a general description of the red and orange areas covered in each of the schedule maps that follow.
|Map number||Where freedom camping is prohibited|
|Map 1 red area||
Christchurch Central City – all Council-owned and/or -managed land between and inclusive of Bealey Avenue, Fitzgerald Avenue, Moorhouse Avenue, Deans Avenue, Harper Avenue, and Little Hagley Park.
|Map 2 red area||
New Brighton North Ramp and South Ramp Off street car parks – all Council-owned and/or -managed land off street car parks, immediately north and south of the New Brighton Pier.
|Map 3 red area||
Lyttelton Main Business Area – Council owned and/or -managed land between and inclusive of London Street, Oxford Street, Norwich Quay, and Dublin Street.
|Map 4 red area||
Rāpaki Settlement – all Council owned and managed land beside and between Governors Bay Road and the foreshore at Rāpaki Jetty.
|Map 5 red area||
Birdlings Flat residential zone – all Council-owned and/or -managed land. Residential zone within the Birdlings Flat settlement area, from 107 Poranui Beach Road, Hill View Rd, Forest View Road , Lake Terrace Road, Clifton St and Coates Roads to the foreshore of Burlington Bay.
|Map 6 red area||
Ōnawe Flat Road – all Council-owned and/or -managed land including Ōnawe Point and all areas of Ōnawe Flat Road, up to but excluding the Duvauchelle settlement.
|Map 7 red area||
Takamātua – all Council-owned and/or -managed land including the road and coastline along Takamātua Bay Road to its intersection with McRae’s Road.
|Map 8 red area||French Farm – All Council-owned and/or -managed land including the roads and foreshore.|
|Map 9 red area||Wainui – including Stanbury Park. All Council-owned and/or -managed land, including the roads and foreshore.|
|Map 10 and 11 red areas||
Akaroa Prohibited Area – All Council-owned and/or managed land in Akaroa township is prohibited to freedom camping (other than in the marked parking spaces in the Akaroa Freedom Camping Area, where certified self-contained vehicles can camp for up to two nights in any 30-day period).
The Akaroa prohibited area includes:
|Map 11 red area||
[Entry deleted by the 2018 amendment (Takapūneke Reserve was amalgamated into the full Akaroa prohibited entry,
|Map 12 red area||
Ōnuku – All Council-owned and/or -managed land including the roads and foreshore within the Ōnuku
|Map 13 red area||Purau – All Council-owned and/or -managed land along the foreshore of Purau Bay.|
|Map 14 red area||
Koukourārata / Port Levy settlement – All Council-owned and/or -managed land within the Koukourārata/Port
|Map 20 red area||Addington Park Car Park – no written description. Please see Map 20 red area.|
|Map 21 red area||Lower Styx River mouth – no written description. Please see Map 21 red area.|
|Map 22 red area||Windsport Park – all of the land at 21–23 Humpfreys Road, Woolston/Ferrymead.|
|Map number||Where you can camp in a fully self-contained vehicle for a maximum of two nights in any 30-day period|
|Map 23 orange area||
Christchurch City – all Council-owned and/or -managed land in the greater City urban areas, including Lyttleton, Cass Bay, Corsair Bay, Rāpaki and Governors Bay, excluding and bounded by prohibited areas.
|Map 10 and 11 orange areas||
Akaroa Freedom Camping Area is located at the northern end of Akaroa, south of Woodills Road / State Highway 75, and in the north eastern part of Akaroa Boat Park. There are two rows of freedom camping parking spaces to the west of the Akaroa Croquet Club (one row with seven larger parks, and one row with eight medium parks). A third row of freedom camping parking spaces is located alongside the northern fork of Grehan Stream (with three medium parks). Freedom camping parking spaces are clearly marked on-site.
|Map 15 orange area||Governors Bay residential zone – No written description. Please see Map 15 orange areas.|
|Map 16 orange area||
Diamond Harbour – All Council-owned and/or -managed land within the Diamond Harbour area, excluding the prohibited area in Purau Bay.
|Map 17 orange area||Little River settlement – No written description. Please see Map 17 orange areas.|
|Map 7 orange area||
Takamātua residential zone – All Council-owned and/or -managed land within the Takamātua settlement area is bounded by the road and coastline along Takamātua Bay Road to its intersection with McRae’s Road.
|Map 18 orange area||Duvauchelle settlement – No written description. Please see Map 18 Orange Areas.|
|Map 19 orange area||
Robinsons Bay – All Council-owned and/or -managed land within the Robinsons Bay area. Please see Map 19 orange areas.
For more information on freedom camping and an interactive map showing where you can camp, see: Camping and Campervans in Christchurch and Akaroa(external link)