tent campground

Thousands of visitors are drawn to Kaikōura to experience the unique culture, the unspoiled coastal environment and to interact with the abundant marine life.

If you are planning to camp in our district, please support our local businesses and minimize the risk of pollution by choosing to stay at one of the local Holiday Parks or stay at the DOC campsite in the Puhi Puhi.


Visit the local i-SITE

Use designated public spaces, camping areas or campgrounds. Visit the Kaikoura i-SITE Visitor Centre, local council to find out more information on the camping guidelines.



Respect our environment – leave the site clear of all rubbish, waste and damage. Understand that dumping of waste and litter is an offence and will result in instant fines or prosecution.



Act responsibly and respect the access and enjoyment rights of other public space users. Respect our urban areas.


TIAKI Promise

The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand, for now and for future generations.


Kaikōura’s values align with Tiaki and we wholeheartedly get behind the Tiaki Promise and encourage all visitors to Kaikōura to act as guardians of Aotearoa New Zealand. (link to our Tiaki promise page)


Don't leave your waste

Ensure you have access to a toilet or have an on-board toilet, wastewater collection and rubbish disposal facilities. Do find your nearest dump station for your waste.



Please use our recycling centre or recycling stations to recycle your empty beverage cans, drink bottles and packaging or glass bottles.


Responsible freedom camping

Responsible freedom camping in a certified self- contained vehicle is possible in Kaikōura district. Kaikōura District Council controls five dedicated permitted freedom camp sites across the township. Find out where to camp and rules or further information on responsible camping.