Casual ‘free’ camping will be permitted in the following places:
- Te Paerahi Beach (Porangahau) - In the Council owned ‘free camp’ area situated on the corner of Te Paerahi Street and Puketauhinu Place.
- Kairakau Beach - Fully certified ‘self contained’ motor homes ONLY are permitted to stay overnight for not more than three consecutive nights, on the area of grass at the northern end of Kairakau Beach Road (past the new public toilet). The area allowed to be used is clearly signposted. Any other form of camping on any other ‘Council’ land at Kairakau Beach is NOT ALLOWED.
- Pourerere Beach - Where signposted. However special conditions apply year round for this beach.
- Tommy Ireland Point lookout – Fully certified ‘self contained’ motor homes ONLY for not more than three consecutive nights.
- Aramoana Beach – Fully certified ‘self contained’ motor homes ONLY are permitted to stay overnight for not more than three consecutive nights, in the clearly signposted area at the end of the public car park area near to the public toilets. Three (3) parks have been allocated for this activity.
(This in effect excludes all other places such as Whangaehu, Mangakuri, Parimahu and Blackhead Beaches. Camping is also not allowed on the ‘local purpose reserve’ at the northern end of the existing Blackhead Beach Public Camping Ground.)
- There is a total fire ban on all beaches in Central Hawke's Bay all year around. There are no exceptions to this.
- Length of stay is not to exceed 7 days.
- Campers must leave the site clean and tidy.
- Camp sites must be set up in such a way as to not interfere with or damage trees, other vegetation such as sand dune plants, or disturb nesting birds in the dunes.
- No permanent structures will be permitted.
- Suitable signs will be erected advising public of areas where camping is permitted and areas where camping is not permitted.
- Casual campers must notify the Council's Bylaw Officer of their name, address and contact phone number, their intended camping area and length of stay.
- Dogs are allowed with campers at freedom camping sites BUT they must be kept under strict control at all times. Signposted bylaws regarding dogs on beaches over summer months must also be adhered to.
Phone +64 6 857 8060 for more information.
Please note: following community concerns Council now substitutes ‘free' camping at Pourerere Beach during the peak summer holiday season for a system of allocated camping overseen by a community committee. From a date in December until a date in February every year (Date to be made public in Sept/Oct) a permit application fee applies. For the rest of the year permits must be obtained from Council for any camping at Pourerere Beach but no charge will apply.
Applications for freedom camping at Pourerere Beach over the Christmas/New Year period open on Monday 26th September. Applications received prior to this date will not be processed.
The following conditions MUST be observed:
- Pourerere Beach users MUST obtain a permit.
- A camp site must be set up in such a way that there is no interference or damage to sand hills, trees or other vegetation growth. No permanent structures will be permitted.
- Campers must leave the site clean and tidy.Suitable signs will be erected advising public of (i) areas where camping is permitted and (ii) areas where camping is not permitted.
- There is a total fire ban on all beaches in Central Hawke's Bay all year around. No exceptions.
Safety For Travellers
You are travelling and you need to find a toilet where do you go?
In New Zealand you can expect to find toilets at:
- Information and visitor centres
- National park headquarters
- Petrol stations
- Public Libraries
- Camp grounds
- Rail and bus stations
- Urban Parks and Children's Playgrounds
Use the toilets in towns as they may not be available in the countryside.
At remote locations where there are no toilets, bury your waste.
- Select a secluded spot well away from water, walking tracks,huts and potential campsites.
- Dig or scrape a shallow hole and refill with loose soil.
- Waste will degrade fastest in loose topsoil where humus is actively decomposing.
Campervan, Caravan and movan users
- Use public toilets rather than fill up your holding tank
- Before setting out on your trip identify the location of sewage dump points e.g. camping grounds
The procedure for dumping is simple and clean. If your vehicle has a holding tank it will have a flexible hose with a snap coupling to fit the dump point facility. In the event of a spillage a hose at the dump facility may be used to wash it away. Portable toilets may also be emptied into dump points with care.
Disposal of Rubbish
If you are out in the countryside, rubbish disposal can be a problem.
- Plan your trip to minimise rubbish
- Burying rubbish is unsatisfactory because rubbish can be exposed by animals or erosion so please carry away all rubbish.
- Disposal nappies are NOT BIODEGRADABLE! Ensure that you take plastic bags and carry used nappies home.
- Roadside rubbish containers are only provided for light litter. E.g. Sweet and take away wrappers.
- Food and household wastes (rubbish bags) should be taken home or disposed of in motorcamp rubbish bins or in the local rubbish dump.
Indiscriminate disposal of human waste
Indiscriminate disposal of human waste ruins the enjoyment of the natural environment and creates a significant health risk. It promotes the spread of intestinal disease either from direct contact or by insect carriers such as flies.
Rest areas, roadsides, parks and reserves are being polluted with human waste from sightseers, picnickers and campers. Indiscriminate emptying of campervan/caravan toilets is creating a definite environment hazard.
With increased use of the outdoors by New Zealanders and Overseas Visitors more care is required with the disposal of human waste.