The Mackenzie District Council allows independent overnight/freedom camping* within the district. However, there are some restrictions. To freedom camp in the Mackenzie district you must have a camper with fully self-contained toilet facilities.
Where can I camp?
Freedom Camping Areas
All independent overnight/freedom campers must behave in an acceptable manner while camping in the Mackenzie region.
- Leaving your camp site(s) in a clean and tidy state.
- Limiting stays at any one site to a maximum of 2 nights in any calendar month.
- Disposing of all toilet and wastewater at a Council approved dump point (located in Fairlie, Lake Tekapo and Twizel, visit our Google map for locations).
- Disposing of all other refuse in approved bags and at approved locations.
- Following safe fire practices at all times, including adhering to fire bans.
- Keeping dogs under control at all times.
The Mackenzie region is a zero-waste district. All rubbish is sorted to ensure that the majority of waste is able to be recycled. Rubbish bags are available for purchase at supermarkets in Lake Tekapo and Twizel, the Council offices in Twizel and Fairlie, and Fairlie House & Garden.
Please sort your rubbish as follows:
- Clear bags: clean recyclables e.g. paper, cardboard, glass, plastic (these should be separated).
- Green bags: organic, compostable waste e.g. food.
- Black bags: residual waste e.g. batteries, nappies, items made of mixed materials etc.
These bags are collected kerbside each Monday or, alternatively, the bags can be dropped off at the Resource Recovery Parks in Fairlie, Lake Tekapo and Twizel.
For more useful information about camping in New Zealand visit Camping Our Way.