What is Certified Self-Containment?

Certified self-containment is maintaining and certifying your motor caravan or caravan in accordance with the New Zealand Standard for Self-Containment of Motor Caravans and Caravans, NZS 5465:2001.

The NZMCA encourages all motor caravan or caravan owners (including 5th Wheelers, caravans, campervans, motorhomes, RVs & buses), to certify their vehicles in accordance with NZS 5465, helping protect the environment and public health from indiscriminate waste disposal.

A certified self-contained vehicle meets the ablutionary and sanitary needs of the occupants for a minimum of three days, without requiring any external services or discharging waste.

Wastewater is then safely disposed of in approved dump stations, which can be found in most camping-grounds and public areas. 

Click here to find a dump station on the NZMCA’s public online travel directory

Please avoid the use of non-biodegradable chemicals as they will adversely affect the operation of sewerage networks including biological systems.

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Important Notices

The New Zealand Motor Caravan Association Inc (NZMCA) inspects and certifies motor caravans and caravans that belong to current financial members and preferred commercial partners only. 

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Temporary stay on the certification of people movers and similar small car conversions under the Self Containment Standard – NZS 5465:2001

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A self-containment certificate, displayed warrant card, and blue responsible camper sticker demonstrate compliance with the minimum requirements of the Standard. 

Under the Standard, it is a requirement for a vehicle to display the warrant card and provide the certificate on request, in order to remain certified.

Displaying the blue responsible camper sticker does not verify certification