The Fiordland region offers a range of opportunities to experience that great kiwi tradition of camping out.

There are holiday parks in Te Anau, Manapouri and Milford Sound that provide tent sites and welcome campervans. The Department of Conservation also has a range of DOC campsites within the region.

In the spirit of manaakitanga, the local community not only takes a hosting role but also has one of guardianship over our beautiful environment. The Fiordland community ask that visitors play their part in contributing to the district's well-being while enjoying our magnificent natural resources.

Specifically we ask all visitors to please:

  • Refrain from toileting on the ground and/or in the bush/forest.
  • Ensure they discharge motorhome or campervan black water (sewage) and grey water (sink and hand basin water) at designated wastewater dump stations only.
  • Place litter in rubbish receptacles.

Refrain from using our waterways for bathing, laundering clothes or washing dishes.

Freedom camping and 'parking up' overnight

Under Southland District Council Bylaw, it is not permitted to freedom camp or 'park up' in an occupied vehicle overnight in a public place. Persons found freedom camping or occupying a 'parked up' vehicle overnight on any street, reserve, carpark, rest area or road lay-by will be required to relocate to a designated camping area and may incur a $200 per person instant fine.


All commonly recyclable materials can be disposed of at the Fiordland Recycling Centre (Te Anau - Manapouri Highway). Many holiday parks also encourage guests to be sustainable by providing on-site recycling facilities.

Rubbish disposal

Small amounts of rubbish can be disposed of in the bins provided around town. Larger quantities of rubbish can be disposed of at the Te Anau Transfer Station (Te Anau - Manapouri Highway) 2pm - 6pm daily. All holiday parks and camping grounds also have rubbish disposal facilities for guests.

Sewage cassettes and sink-water tanks

Motorhome and campervan black and grey water cassettes/tanks can be emptied free of charge 24 hours a day opposite the Te Anau Boat Harbour on Te Anau Terrace. Most holiday parks also have dump stations available for guest use.

More useful information

The website is a useful information tool for planning motorhome travel in New Zealand. There are helpful tips on how you as a visitor can engage in responsible tourism and also links to regional information on camping regulations and motorhome facilities.

Alongside this, the online "I Respect NZ" campaign provides website users with a camping map that locates thousands of camping grounds and information on their facilities and costs.

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