Harsher rules for freedom campers and increased penalties could be on the way.
The Government is proposing to make fines for freedom camping rule-breakers up to $1000, and even considering vehicle confiscation.
Tourism Minister Stuart Nash released a consultation document today, wanting to gather public feedback on four proposals for freedom camping.
That included making it mandatory for freedom campers’ vehicles to be certified self-contained or to only be required to be self-contained unless they are staying at a site with toilets, to improve the powers of Government land managers and to strengthen the requirements for self-contained vehicles.
"The most consistent complaints I hear about the tourism sector relate to abuse of the freedom camping rules," Nash said.
"A sub-group of visitors are spoiling the experience for more responsible campers and for locals who are left to clean up the mess.
"Freedom camping in self-contained vehicles has a place for Kiwis and international visitors.
"However, change is needed where vehicles are not self-contained, so communities have more confidence in the system. We want clear rules and expectations so we can deliver a high-quality visitor experience."