Self Containment Certification

Freedom Camping and safe Money


Self Contained: All our vehicles carry the official Self Containment Certification which means it adheres to a set of industry standards issued by the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) to ensure you are camping responsibly. Specifically, our vehicles pose minimal risk to the environment and public health.

This includes:

  • Fresh water supply: 4L per person per day (i.e. minimum 12L per person)
  • A sink
  • Toilet: 1L per person per day (i.e. minimum 3L net holding tank capacity per person)
  • Holding tank: 4L per person per day (i.e. minimum 12L per person) and monitored if capacity is less than the fresh water tank
  • An evacuation hose
  • A sealable refuse container (with lid)

By carrying this certificate, means that you can Freedom Camp.   This gives you the flexibility to stay for free at designated freedom camping locations.  These locations are often set amongst New Zealand’s untouched landscapes giving you that extra special slice of New Zealand that other motorhome travellers won’t get to experience. What’s more, by freedom camping you don’t have to pay for Campground fees!

Freedom Camping Locations

By the Act which was passed in 2011, it is defined as “camping within 200m of a road, road end or the low-water line of the sea or harbour.”

The regulations on where camping is permitted differ from council to council, so the Department of Conservation has compiled an overview of places where freedom camping is prohibited or limited to Certified vehicles: DOC Freedom Camping Parks

In general, you can camp on DOC campgrounds, holiday parks and designated campsites with a public toilet in any vehicle. At designated campgrounds without a public toilet, you will need to be “self-contained”. For those who want to pick their site in advance, a great map to use is this one: Rankers Campgrounds