Camping in Golden Bay
Check with i-SITE
Freedom camping is only allowed in Golden Bay with mobile vehicles certified as self-contained with an installed toilet and at least three days’ storage capacity for drinking water, toilet waste and grey water.
Permitted locations for these vehicles are on road reserves as long as the vehicles are not causing any obstructions. Watch out for “no camping” signs.
People can only camp within one kilometre of a single location for two nights out of every four weeks. This means that after people have camped two nights they must move at least one kilometre away from their original campsite.
Effluent must be disposed of at a campervan waste dumping station: the i-SITE in Takaka or for patrons who are staying at Pohara Beach Top 10 Holiday Park and Collingwood Motor Camp.
Rubbish should be bagged and dropped off at the Resource Recovery Centres in Collingwood and Takaka.
There are areas where freedom camping is restricted and where an instant fine of $200 could be issued. Likewise, one could be fined up to $10,000 for depositing waste that has a significant adverse effect on the environment, or causes significant concern to the community or users of the area (e.g. discharging a self-contained campervan sewerage tank other than into an authorised dump station).
Uruwhenua, Takaka township (i-SITE, rose garden), Pohara tennis courts, Ligar Bay, Tata Beach, Patons Rock, Miles Reserve, Parapara, Milnthorpe, Collingwood township, Bainham swing bridge, Tomatea Point, Waitapu Bridge.
Rubbish and Recycling
Check with the Tasman District Council
Takaka Resource Recovery Centre, 45 Scott Road, about 1.5 kilometres from Takaka towards Pohara. Ph: 03 525 8857
Collingwood Resource Recovery Centre (Transfer Station) 93 Bainham-Collingwood Road. Ph: 03 524 8962
Recycling bins are at i-SITE in Takaka and beside Farewell Spit Eco Tours in Collingwood.