TIA supports a strong responsible camping framework covering insight, information, infrastructure, and enforcement. There needs to be national consistency while allowing for regional decision-making. It is essential that we manage and enable responsible camping so that it meets community expectations and does not adversely impact on accommodation providers.
TIA leads the Responsible Camping Forum and encourages all campers to stay in holiday parks, DOC camping grounds or other designated areas. TIA does not support total bans on freedom camping as this would impact on New Zealanders who regard it as a birth right and unfairly penalise most overseas visitors who behave appropriately when camping.
TIA is to submit shortly on the Freedom Camping Regulations and Self-contained Motor Vehicles Legislation Bill, both of which are designed to establish clearer laws enable better management of responsible camping across New Zealand.