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Updates to the SCV system

Updates to the SCV system

New Zealand’s new self-contained vehicles (SCV) system began on 7 December 2023.

Changes were made to the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Act 2006 and the Freedom Camping Act 2011 to establish a new regulatory system for certifying and registering SCVs used for freedom camping. The changes were made to strengthen the rules around freedom camping and protect Aotearoa New Zealand’s natural environment. The Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayer’s Board is the regulator of the SCV system.

To learn about the SCV system and how it applies to you, as well as many more great resources, head to the Board’s website: www.pgdb.co.nz


Mobile apps for camping

The CamperMate and Camping NZ mobile apps are extremely useful tools to help you plan your journey. Find out more about each app and how to download them below.

  •  CamperMate New Zealand Travel app

Campermate is a New Zealand based mobile phone app sharing all you need to know when travelling around New Zealand and also Australia. Search from over 60,000 points of interest including travel tips, Freedom camps, Low Cost camps and all Paid camping options. Not sure where you can stay with the vehicle you have? no Problem! you can use handy search filters in app to search by, Campgrounds for non self contained vehicles or campgrounds for self contained vehicles.



  • Camping NZ app

The Camping NZ app takes the hassle out of finding a campsite or campground while travelling in New Zealand. Its in-app map is preloaded with over 4000 council-approved camping locations across the country and can be downloaded for use offline.

Camping NZ

More camping resources 

Resources for planning your trip

Resources for on the road