What are the changes to self-contained in 2024-2025? Will it impact my trip?

Spaceships Crew
Last Updated: 6 days ago

The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment in New Zealand has recently made some changes to the rules of the road for freedom camping. In the spirit of adventure, let's delve into the key changes.

First up, there's a new certification on the block for self-contained vehicles called the 'Green Warrant' from 7 December 2024 for rental vehicles. The biggest difference is that this warrant requires vehicles to have a fixed toilet, as opposed to the portable toilets permitted under the current 'Blue Warrant'.

When the time comes, 7 December 2024, our self-contained vehicles will evolve to meet the Green Warrant requirements, equipped with a fixed toilet.

Our Beta 2S Self-Contained Campervan is currently certified self-contained under the Blue Warrant rules and will remain certified self-contained under the new certification rules (Green Warrant) from 7 December 2024 onwards. So, there is no impact on your road trip.

  • If you've booked a self-contained Spaceships campervan that carries a Blue Warrant, there's no need for any pit stops. You're still free to roam and camp across local authority lands – approved campsites for self-contained campervans - until the warrant expires (7 December 2024). And of course, all campsites or holiday parks with facilities.

  • If you're steering a non-self-contained Spaceships campervan, we've got you covered too! You're always able to pitch your mobile abode on council, Department of Conservation (DOC), and commercial campsites – holiday parks - with basic facilities. So, you can enjoy the enchanting NZ night sky, cook up a meal, and unwind to the sound of nature.

Both self-contained and non-self-contained campsites can be found via our recommended free camping & road trip app. It has all campsites listed, so there are 1000s of options to stay at free and budget campsites that suit your campervan category: self-contained vs non-self-contained.

We recommend downloading the recommended FREE Camping & Road Trip App! The app is available for Android & iOS devices. It'll be your gateway to finding the most amazing campsites throughout New Zealand. But it does so much more, it'll show you what to do & see in the area of your campsite, where to find shops & supermarkets, water points and more.

We assure you, as always, your exploration of the outer space of New Zealand will be an enjoyable one. Spaceships is committed to making sure your campervan experience is seamless, relaxing, and, above all, a memorable adventure!

So, whether you're chasing sunsets, in pursuit of the perfect hike, or seeking tranquillity by a lakeside, rest assured, we've got you covered!

If you have any more questions, or if you want to share your favourite campsite recipe, our customer service team is ready to chat!

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