Freedom Camping; where camping is done in a location without facilities and is not a designated campground, is allowed in most public areas of New Zealand under certain conditions.
Marlborough District Council reviewed its Freedom Camping Bylaw and a new bylaw was trialed from 3rd November 2015 to 2th April 2016. In the trial new freedom camping spots were revealed by the council in response to nearly 200 public submissions. The biggest changes saw freedom camping banned in Picton's urban area and Waitohi Domain.
The Marlborough District Council Freedom Camping Bylaw relates to freedom camping on land administered by Council in the Marlborough district.
Picton Smart and Connected has a Freedom Camping Working Group who’s objectives are:
• To liaise with the community and Picton business affected by the 2012 MDC
Freedom Camping bylaw and its testing process.
• To advocate for a Freedom Camping Bylaw that fits Marlborough's needs
insomuch that it supports our environmental values, our economic strengths
and our community values.
• To agree and write a long term plan submission. To lodge a submission and
speak to it.