The answer to this question largely depends on the location and scale of your POP site, the planning rules that apply to your property, and whether a donation or fee is charged to people camping overnight. Many POP sites throughout New Zealand are permitted to operate without a resource consent, however many other POP sites are required to obtain a resource consent due to the location, nature of the POP site activity, and the local planning requirements. In many cases the process for obtaining resource consent is reasonably straightforward, however applying for resource consent in some areas can quickly become a time consuming and costly exercise.
Asking visitors to pay a donation or charging them a fee (regardless of the amount) to park overnight may require you to apply for exemptions under the Camping-grounds Regulations 1985.
If you are unsure whether your POP site requires a resource consent or exemptions under the Camping-grounds Regulations, please contact your local council and ask to speak to their duty planner. If you are unsure what the duty planners advice means, please contact the NZMCA. We have a small team of in-house planning and policy professionals who may be able to provide you with high level advice on what to do next if the council confirms you require a resource consent or exemptions from the regulations.