Over the past five years, the number of freedom campers has plateaued. Total spending by freedom campers has increased significantly to around $250 million per year.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment has released insight about freedom camping by international visitors.
It shows the number of freedom campers has grown significantly from around 10,000 visitors in the early 2000s, to nearly 60,000 in more recent years. However, even with this increase, freedom campers only make up around 2% of the total number of visitors to New Zealand.