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Hastings, with its wineries, beautiful beaches and spectacular landscape, is the perfect place to explore. Increasingly our visitors are independent campers and Hastings is keen to welcome them. If they are in certified self-contained vehicles then there are a number of overnight parking options, while other campers will be made very welcome at the holiday parks and campgrounds in our region.
Hastings District Council recognises this trend, and provides a number of designated Council sites where overnight camping in clearly marked certified self-contained vehicles is permitted. Overnight camping is only allowed at these designated sites (for a maximum of two nights) or in a holiday park or camping ground. For a map see the Designated Council Sites page.
Hastings was named the Motor Home Friendly Town 2010 by the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association,
A certified self-contained vehicle is designed to meet all of the ablutionary and sanitary needs of the occupants for a minimum of three days. Fresh water for drinking and cooking is stored in tanks, while waste water is collected in waste water tanks and disposed of at a dump station.
A self-containment certificate provides local and regional councils with a way to recognise that a vehicle poses minimal risk to the environment and public health. Being able to easily assess whether vehicles are self-contained allows Council to accommodate motor caravans at reserves and other areas where there are limited or no public facilities. Certification is available through the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association.
Vehicles without a clearly visible certification sticker are not authorised to stay in any of the Hastings District Council designated camping areas. They must stay at one of the district’s commercial holiday parks or camping grounds.
Metered and timed street parking may be used by motorhomes and campervans as long as the vehicle does not extend beyond the end of the white line which marks the parking space. The advertised fees and time limits apply.
Dump stations for grey and black water are available at Napier Road in Havelock North and Kenilworth Road in Hastings. Hastings Top 10 Holiday Park, in Windsor Avenue, Hastings, has a dump station available for guest use only.
All commonly recyclable materials can be disposed of free of charge at the Havelock North Recycling Depot (Martin Place, Havelock North) or at one of the two Hastings District Council Refuse Transfer Stations in Haumoana (Mill Road, Clive) and Flaxmere (Henderson Road, Hastings). General rubbish can also be disposed of at the transfer stations for a fee.
For information on the hours of operation and charges see the transfer stations page.
For more information on designated camping contact an environmental health officer at Council.
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