LATEST UPDATE (13 October 2022): The NZMCA has submitted on MBIE’s Freedom Camping Regulations Discussion Document and the Self-Contained Motor Vehicles Legislation Bill. 

Freedom Camping Regulations Discussion Document

Summary of our submission on the Regulations Discussion Document

The NZMCA has accepted the need for more formal regulation of self-containment standards including that of having an official regulator which in current proposals will be the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board (PGDB)...READ MORE

Self-Contained Motor Vehicles Legislation Bill

The five major changes included in the Bill:

Vehicle-based freedom campers must use a certified self-contained vehicle when they stay on council-administered land...READ MORE

The NZMCA’s general position 
on the Bill

The NZMCA generally supports the intent of the Bill, including the requirement for fixed toilets under the new certification regime. However, we believe some aspects of the Bill should be improved to provide clearer outcomes...READ MORE

Summary of the NZMCA’s submission on the Bill

The NZMCA supports most of the proposed legislative changes in the Bill, while accepting the reforms are necessary...READ MORE

For members with portable toilets

If your certified vehicle has a portable toilet, you’re still welcome to remain a member of the club, access our parks and attend NZMCA events...READ MORE

What next?


At this stage, we expect the Bill will become law around mid-2023. At this point, only vehicles with permanently fixed toilets can be certified (or recertified) as self-contained under the two-year transitional provisions...READ MORE

Member Engagement

Over the next few months our Area Committees, Self-containment Officers, Park Custodians and members will receive updates from the Board and National Office on the Bill’s progress through Parliament, the Association’s internal preparations, and how the new regulations will be implemented overtime. 

Links and downloads to further information

Government announcement: CLICK HERE

Self-contained Motor Vehicles Legislation Bill: CLICK HERE

MBIE’s summary on the Bill: CLICK HERE

CEO Bruce Lochore’s e-newsletter sent to all members: CLICK HERE 

The Board’s e-newsletter sent to members in June: CLICK HERE

The Board's e-newsletter sent to members in October: CLICK HERE

The NZMCA’s submission on MBIE’s proposed changes to freedom camping (May 2021): DOWNLOAD IT