Freedom camping in the Waimate District

Waimate District Council currently allows freedom camping at several sites around the Waimate District.

Freedom campers must have self-contained units (toilet, shower and grey water storage) to be eligible to use the following sites:

  • Galletlys Road, St Andrews

  • Gunn's Bush, Gunn's Bush Road, Hook

  • Hakataramea River, McHenrys Road, Hakataramea

For more information on these areas contact the Waimate Information Centre.


The Council asks that all independent overnight campers behave in an acceptable manner while camping in the District.

This includes:

  • Leaving camp sites in a clean and tidy state

  • Limiting stays at any one site to a maximum of two nights and this period shall not be exceeded in any calendar month

  • Disposing of all toilet and wastewater at a Council approved dump point (Victoria Park and Knottingley Park)

  • Disposing of all other refuse in approved bags and approved locations

  • Following safe fire practices at all times, including fire bans

  • Keeping dogs under control at all times