Freedom Camping Survey

We recently asked for your views on freedom camping in the Southland District as part of the review of our Freedom Camping Bylaw.

446 responses were received on this survey which was open from 6 June to 6 July 2015.   

Key results include:

  • The greatest concern with freedom camping was non self-contained camping (77%) and of least concern was self-contained camping (6%). 
  • Other significant concerns relating to freedom camping were litter, toilet waste, insanitary camping practices, and irresponsible campers.
  • 69% believed freedom camping provided significant economic benefit. 
  • Most respondents felt self-contained camping should be generally permitted, and the opposite for non self-contained camping. 
  • 59% believed rubbish facilities should be provided at designated sites. 
  • Respondents were 50:50 on whether they believed instant fine or a tourist friendly approach was best.  

Download the survey here [PDF, 408 KB]

In analysing responses from District residents only, the results were more-or-less the same as for overall respondents. The only difference of note was that residents had a moderately stronger preference for car parks and walking tracks to be prohibited for freedom camping.

The results were considered by Council during its Freedom Camping Bylaw review process. Public consultation will begin after the draft  bylaw is adopted by Council.