Running since 1991, the POP scheme has grown into New Zealand's largest network of overnight parking sites

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What qualifies as a POP?

If you have land or a space suitable for motor caravan parking overnight, you can be a POP

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Become a POP

Take advantage of what is essentially a mutually beneficial arrangement; listing is FREE

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There are important matters to consider for those wanting a POP and members who use them

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Park Over Properties are searchable within the Travel Directory

2,000 POPs to choose from


Since 1991, the NZMCA has been building a unique network of overnight parking locations on private land throughout New Zealand that welcome our members, and provide a safe place for them to park overnight.

Today, POPs provide more than just a safe place to park overnight but have become opportunities to sample a wide variety of New Zealand experiences at little or no cost.

The range of property types run from residential sites, business premises, golf clubs to sites of historical and tourist interest.

What qualifies as a POP?

Any property with land that is suitable for motor caravan parking and safe for members and their vehicles.

The term ‘motor caravan’ refers to motor homes, campervans, 5th wheelers, caravans, and converted buses and trucks. Vehicle length can range between 5 – 15 meters with the majority between 6 - 9 meters. The availability of facilities (e.g. power, water, toilets, showers etc.) is not always required. Although they are an added bonus, parking space is the necessity!

You do not have to be a member of the NZMCA to register your property.

More on this including listing categories & benefits can be found in our information pack.

Become a POP

Meet new and interesting people by sharing in the camaraderie associated with motor caravanning.

Security: Unfortunately we all have had to put up with vandalism to some degree. Having motor caravans present on site has proven to deter vandals.

Attract business as members need to eat, drink and entertain themselves during vacation. Your business will be marketed to over 80,000 members through our publications and online directory.


How much does it cost to register my site?
Currently, there is no cost. In return, we would expect sites that charge (i.e. camp grounds) to offer NZMCA members a discount on normal rates or be pet friendly. Members usually expect a discount to be at least 10% off normal rates.

How are sites advertised to members?
Through these avenues (available to NZMCA members only):

  1. Travel Directory: A hard copy publication listing all registered sites. It also includes information on responsible camping, and is printed biennially;
  2. Digital resources: be always up-to-date with the online Travel Directory; the Motorhome Friendly website (mhftowns.com) and the Travel app for Android & IOS.
  3. Travel App; the app version of the Travel Directory. This is updated weekly. 

What if I want to pull out of the scheme?
That’s ok. Let us know immediately so we can update members. If you have a sign we provided, please remove and kindly return it to the National Office.

Can someone from the NZMCA visit my premises first?
Part of the application process is sign-off from our Area Committees. We have 26 area committees across New Zealand made up of volunteer members. They will be able to offer you some advice on how to best set up your site; however as they are volunteers, a visit is subject to their availability. 

Sounds great, how do I sign up?
Please complete our property information online form or download the info pack with sign up form. We will then add you to our database and members will start visiting your site once they are informed through our publications.

POP Online Application

Overnight Parking Scheme: Property Information Form


(You must be the owner or the authorised representative of the site being put forward for listing)

Please use commas to separate address information

Further Details

Your email details are automatically entered into a mailing list specifically for Park Over Property Scheme site owners/contacts. From time to time we will send you important notices and updates regarding the scheme.

Overnight Rates

(Camping grounds, clubs & associations & charges apply sites only. Rates will not be published and only appears on the online Travel Directory)

(.e.g local attractions, amenities. An abbreviated form of this appears on the printed travel directory)

(e.g. dogs on leads, hours to get in, dates unavailable, NZMCA member access only, etc)

Facilities Offered on Site (optional)

Not sure about what constitutes a large vehicle?

Large Vehicle Dimensions
  • 2.5 metres wide when slides closed up.With both slides expanded in the rear lounge area the width is 4.5 metres (Almost all large 5th Wheels have double slides at the rear)
  • Large vehicles need 4m+ in height and a width of 2.5m from overhanging trees as well as clearance from gardens and rocks to safely access the property.


We provide signage to ensure visibility and instant recognition by NZMCA members that your property is a POP. There are two colours: white is for POPs that charge a fee for parking overnight and other applicable charges; yellow is for POPs that offer free overnight parking (though fees may be applicable if using amenities). The white signage is optional.

The single-sided signage is made from laminated 4mm thick ACM (Aluminum Composite Material) with a size of 290mm x 240mm.

The yellow signage is free while the white one is $25 inclusive of postal costs. Due to limited quantities, a maximum of two signs is allowed for the yellow signage. Try to purchase signage after your application has been approved; if you’ve already ordered one, it will be held until we get final confirmation that your application has been finalised.

Do you feel that the signage is too small? The ‘wings’ logo of the NZMCA is trademarked; if you are looking to create a bigger signage at your own expense using the association logo please send us an email, [email protected].

These signs remain the property of the NZMCA & must be removed if requested by the NZMCA.

Members Welcome Sign (optional)

Sign - NZMCA Members Welcome

For non-park over property sites that charge a fee or donation.

Sign - Park Over Property

For park over property sites that offer free parking.


NZMCA Members have access to an ONLINE TRAVEL DIRECTORY which includes up to three photos of each site.

Photos must be a jpg, png or gif and be less than 10mb.

The Property Owner(s) confirms all information provided is correct and should this information change agree to update the NZMCA National Office immediately. To withdraw a property from the scheme it shall be sufficient for the Property Owners or NZMCA National Office to give such notice in writing, and return any Park Over Property signs to the NZMCA National Office.


When processing your application the NZMCA has assumed you have read and understood all the information attached to this application form. The NZMCA will not accept any liability to any property owner, member or persons in the motor caravan for any accident, injury, loss, or damage to persons or property occupying or using any part of a site, however caused. Please note that should a site contravene any New Zealand REGULATION OR LAW, e.g. Camping Ground Regulations (1985),The Resource Management Act (1991) (including district and regional plans), and the Building Act 2004, the NZMCA. the NZMCA will not be responsible for any legal implications. It is the responsibility of the property owner, and not the NZMCA, to ensure their site complies with all applicable rules and regulations. All fees and donations are governed by the individual site owners, and not the NZMCA.

Note: If your submission requires payment, you will be contacted for your credit card details.