Coromandel Council more permissive to responsible freedom camping in line with Act

January 16, 2015
Coromandel Council more  permissive to responsible freedom camping in line with Act

The New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) website reports that The Thames-Coromandel Districts Freedom Camping Bylaw 2014 came into effect from December 1st, 2014. The TCDC made its original Freedom Camping Bylaw on Dec 14 2011 under Section 11 of the Freedom Camping Act of 2011. The current 2014 review of this bylaw is in accordance with section 13(1) of the Act.

Affectivity, the camping-related provisions under the Councils original freedom camping bylaw, public places bylaw and parking control bylaw are revoked.

NZMCA says - Please note that this Bylaw is not the only document governing freedom camping in the Thames-Coromandel District. Other legislation and regulatory tools are in use across the District relevant to the activity of freedom camping, such as the Reserves Act 1977, the Councils District Plan, and other Council bylaws. While the Council endeavors to ensure consistency in its approach to freedom camping, there may be situations where this Bylaw allows Freedom Camping but as a result of other regulation it is not possible, and or behavior of people including freedom campers may be further regulated. NZMCA says to summarise, there are 35 Restricted Areas for Freedom Camping that will be made available under Schedule Two of this 2014 Bylaw.

*Thames Community Board Area: 11 sites

*Coromandel-Colville Community Board Area: 4 sites

* Mercury Bay Community Board Area: 9 sites

* Tairua-Pauanui Community Board Area: 6 sites

* Whangamata Community Board Area: 5 sites.

The Thames Coromandel District Council says:

There are a number of changes and the Council has adopted a more permissive approach to responsible freedom camping (in line with the Freedom Camping Act).

A key general approach is that all freedom campers must be certified self-contained. The bylaw includes two schedules - areas where freedom camping is prohibited at all times (Schedule One) and areas where freedom camping is restricted subject to certain conditions (Schedule Two). Each schedule includes a table of area descriptions and a series of maps.

Note that for restricted areas, freedom campers must park in the designated areas and these areas are not shown in the bylaw area maps, but are signposted.