top of page

Click on image for full view and caption

Getting your camping vehicle certified

Gary Stoneley, NZ Lifestyle Camping Ltd


NZ’s independent national network for self-containment certification

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 continues to offer self-containment through the current NZ Standard, NZS 5465:2001 which is recognised by commercial and private host properties and is valid for 4 years. 

Starting June ‘24 we will offer certification with the new green warrant for those who specifically request it. This will probably require vehicle modifications.

We don’t recommend moving to the new ‘green warrant’ scheme yet, but advise waiting until the errors in the system are fixed by government.

FYI: We do not recommend freedom camping while you await your final documentation and window card. Without these you are at risk being fined.

We are committed to supporting all types of campers. For 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:  | North Is  | South Is


Our standard processing and issuing fee is

$48 for blue warrants, and

$63 for green warrants. 

✚ testing officers charge for their time.

✚ green warrants incur a government levy  of $120.

We wish everyone safe travelsWe encourage you to ‘Leave no Trace’ when camping.

Kind regards,Gary Stoneley, 

NZ Lifestyle Camping Ltd

027 246 9778 

Freedom camping & self-containment

2 Where are we at with self-containment and freedom camping?

2 Who can freedom camp from now until 7 June 2025?

4 Getting your camping vehicle certified

8 Am I freedom camping?

8 What you need for a green warrant for freedom camping

10 Planning a toilet for the freedom camping green warrant?

12 Venting a toilet cassette: why, what, when and how

14 Keeping up with the self-containment changes

16 Composting and coddiwompling ︎

, p


bottom of page