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Camping and Freedom CampingTōpuni noho herekore

Camping grounds in CHB and information about Freedom and self-contained camping areas with guidelines.

Campsites in Central Hawke's Bay

not owned or operated by Central Hawke's Bay District Council

Location Address Phone Contact

Waipukurau Holiday Park

20 River Terrace, Waipukurau

06 858 8184

Waipawa Rivers Edge Holiday Park

26 Harker Street, Waipawa

06 857 8976

Porangahau Beach Road Holiday Park

566 Beach Road, Porangahau

06 855 5281

Kairakau Camp Ground

3/4 Kairakau Beach Road, Kairakau

06 858 4245

Blackhead Camp Ground

22 McHardy Place, Blackhead Beach

06 857 7335

Nick Curtis

Pourerere Beach Camp Ground

Southern end of Pourerere Beach Road

06 857 8802

David Cudby

Freedom Camping

Council does not need to be advised of your intention to camp (freedom or self-contained) in the locations below, unless it is during a restricted period (you are unable to camp at Pourerere Beach from 14 December - 8 February without a permit). An application for a permit for the restricted period are taken in October, click here for details. For all other times, you are welcome to camp in the locations below on a first in, first served basis.


Freedom camping is permitted in the following places:

Freedom Camping Ground



Pourerere Beach

Signposted sites

Ballot process for camping from 14 December - 8 February

Click here for more details

Te Paerahi Beach

36 Te Paerahi Road

No ballot system in place and is first come first served

Note freedom camping is any kind of camping in tents or non-self contained caravans. If you are unsure - a self-contained vehicle will be certified with a blue sticker in its window showing it complies with the NZ Standard (NZS 5465:2001).


Self-contained Camping

  • Tommy Ireland Point lookout (Pourerere Beach Road) - Fully certified ‘self contained’ motor homes ONLY for not more than three consecutive nights. A donation box is at the entrance of Pourerere under the Pourerere Beach sign if you would like to make a voluntary donation.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Dump stations for public use in Central Hawke’s Bay

At the end of 2020, the Central Hawke's Bay District Council undertook a project to install a caravan/motorhome dump station within the Central Hawke's Bay area to service those travelling to/through the district and to provide a service that enhances Central Hawkes Bay’s reputation as a fantastic tourist destination. 

This dump station is located at the end of River Terrace in Waipukurau and was opened to the public at the end of May 2021. To learn more about this project, please see here. (Google map location: -39.990987, 176.555607)

Other dump stations near Central Hawke's Bay:

 Heading North:

  • Havelock North, Napier Road
  • Clive, BP station, Main Road
  • Napier, Marine Parade

Heading South:

  • Dannevirke, New Street (off Miller Street), near sale yards.

There is no camping allowed in the following locations: 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.

House Rules

  • 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 3 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.
  • 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. This typically means that dogs cannot be off-lead in certain areas (i.e. around ablution blocks).

Phone Council +64 6 857 8060 (24 hour service) for more information.

Looking after New Zealand's environment

You will no doubt be travelling in New Zealand because of our beautiful countryside and environment. We know that you will want to protect this, so to do so you need to remember that the 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.

Please make sure you respect our environment by thoughtfully disposing of any waste you have in an appropriate place. Below are some tips to help you to do this.

You are travelling and you need to find a toilet where do you go?

In New Zealand you can expect to find free use toilets at:

  • Information and visitor centres
  • National park headquarters
  • Petrol stations
  • Hotels
  • 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.


Campervan, Caravan and Motorhome users

  • Before setting out on your trip identify the location of sewage dump points e.g. camping grounds
  • Be aware that outside of peak summer season beach toilets are serviced less often, so please take precautions especially during COVID alert levels.

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.

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/lollies, small snacks and takeaway wrappers.
  • Food and household wastes (rubbish bags) should be taken home or disposed of in motorcamp rubbish bins or in the local rubbish dump.

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