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NZ’s independent national network for self-containment certification authority

Gary Stoneley

With a national network of more than 170 self-containment testing officers, NZ Lifestyle Camping supports the NZ leisure camping industry. You do not need to be a member of a club or organisation to get your self-containment certification through NZLC but must have a vehicle that is fit for the purpose of habitation.

NZ Lifestyle Camping’s network of testing officers adhere to the requirements of the current NZ Standard, NZS 5465:2001, for the self-containment of motor vehicles.

We are currently working with our industry partners to implement the new self-containment regulations due to take effect in December 2023. Recent legislative changes mean that while the current 4 year, NZ-wide standard remains in force, restrictions affect ‘free’ camping on public land (council controlled, LINZ land and possibly some DOC land).

We remain committed to supporting all types of campers throughout NZ. For persons with camping vehicles containing portable toilets, a limited certificate can be issued which identifies your vehicle as self-contained for staying on all other land in NZ (commercial, private, club-owned) or at events requiring self-containment.

To find or arrange a self-containment check please contact a testing officer near you.


  • NZ Lifestyle Camping has a standard processing and issue fee of $45 to cover the costs of issuing the required documentation and maintaining our national network. This is as well as any fee testing officers may charge for their time.

  • New Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board self-containment regulations are not in force yet and some time away. An additional levy of $120 will apply.

We wish everyone safe travels. 
We encourage ‘Leave no Trace’ principles when camping.

Kind regards,
Gary Stoneley, 
NZ Lifestyle Camping Ltd
Ph 027 246 9778

FYI: We do not recommend freedom camping while you await your final documentation and window card. Without these you are at risk of receiving a $400 fine.


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