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Motorhome and Camping Guide

Taranaki is the perfect place to explore by motorhome or campervan, and offers spectacular scenery, a magnificent mountain, friendly locals and plenty to see and do. In the spirit of ‘manaakitanga,’ the local community are proud hosts and guardians of the Taranaki region’s beautiful environment.

As a region committed to sustainability, we ask that all visitors play a part in contributing to Taranaki’s wellbeing while enjoying our magnificent natural environment. We ask that all visitors please:
  • Refrain from toileting on the ground, in the bush and forest or in rivers and streams
  • Ensure motorhome and campervan black water (sewage) and grey water (sink and hand basin water) is discharged only at designated wastewater dump stations
  • Place all litter in rubbish bins
  • Refrain from using our waterways for bathing, laundering clothes or washing dishes.

Here in Taranaki, we have all the facilities required for servicing motorhomes and campervans.


Taranaki is a safe destination to visit, however from time to time visitors get complacent and can unfortunately become victims of theft. It is advisable that you keep passports and money with you at all times, always lock your vehicle, keep valuables out of sight, avoid parking where there are few people, and do not stay overnight in isolated locations. In an emergency, dial 111 for Police, Ambulance and Fire. Report thefts and other crimes to the nearest police station:
  • New Plymouth Police Station: 06 759 5500
  • Stratford Police Station: 06 765 8860
  • Hawera Police Station: 06 278 0260

Daytime Parking

Metered and timed street parking throughout the region may be used by motorhomes and campervans, as long as the vehicles’ length does not extend beyond the white lines which mark the parking space.

Freedom Camping & ‘Parking Up’

When staying in the Taranaki region in a non-self contained vehicle, you must stay in a holiday park or registered camping ground. For those with a self contained vehicle, a maximum of two nights is permitted on council controlled public land. All sites must be left in a clean and tidy state. Campers must comply with any request to move on by any officer of the District Council.

Assume nothing – always ask ‘Where can I camp?’

For more information on district regulations contact:
  • New Plymouth District Council: 06 759 6060
  • Stratford District Council: 06 765 6099
  • South Taranaki District Council: 0800 111 323

Roadside Assistance

Renters can contact their rental company service centre for roadside assistance. New Zealand Motor Caravan Association members can consult their Travel Directory for local mechanical workshops offering campervan towing and repairs. New Zealand Automobile Association (AA) members with ‘AA Motorhome Plus’ cover can contact the AA for assistance. Local towing and mobile automotive businesses are listed in the Yellow Pages of the telephone book.

New Zealand Road Code

Taranaki has some beautiful roads with fantastic scenery. If you are visiting from overseas on a self-drive holiday, please make sure you're familiar with the New Zealand Road Code. You can check out the important Road Code riles in this free quiz.


Small amounts of commonly recyclable materials can be disposed at a number of recycling stations throughout Taranaki. Please check the brochure to see where these can be found.

Rubbish Disposal

Rubbish can be disposed at a number of transfer stations throughout the region. Please check the brochure to see where these can be found. Please do not put rubbish in car park or street rubbish bins. All holiday parks and camping grounds have rubbish disposal facilities for resident guests.

Drinking Water

All water stored in motorhome water tanks should be boiled prior to drinking or use in cooking. Water from taps at remote camps, reserves and outside toilet blocks is often not from a potable supply. Even if you are refilling your motorhome water tank from a city water supply, it is still important to boil the water prior to drinking, as the person using the motorhome before you may have refilled the tank from a non-potable supply. Biological contaminants and heavy metals can remain in the water tank from previous refills.




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