22 Apr 2024

Portable toilets will soon no longer cut it for freedom campers

From Nine To Noon, 9:25 am on 22 April 2024
The Marlborough District Council is looking at banning non-self-contained vehicles from its freedom camping sites.

Photo: LDR / Chloe Ranford

Incoming rules for freedom campers have left rental companies feeling confused. From December 2024, rental vehicles can no longer be classed as 'self-contained' if they have a portable toilet.

\They will need to be fixed with built-in plumbing for that certification. The Rental Vehicle Association of New Zealand says 5000 rental vehicles will need to be refitted by then and soon after, some 120-thousand private vehicles.

It has written to Tourism Minister Matt Doocey warning meeting this requirement will be a real "curly one" - especially given private rentals have an extra six months to make the change.

Mad Campers managing director Andy Haslett speaks with Kathryn Ryan.