Self Contained NZS 5465 in New Zealand – what does it mean?

Self Contained NZS 5465 in New Zealand – what does it mean?

What is Certified Self Containment?

Certified Self Containment is maintaining and certifying your motor caravan in accordance with the New Zealand Standard for Self Containment of Motor Caravans and Caravans, NZS 5465:2001.

The creation of the Standard  by the NZMCA to provide a solution to the increasing problems associated with the use of motor caravans and the disposal of waste.

The NZMCA encourages all motor home and caravan owners to make their vehicles self contained, and help protect the environment and public health from indiscriminate waste disposal.

A self containment vehicle is designed to completely meet the ablutionary and sanitary needs of the occupants (including water for drinking and cooking) for a minimum of three days without requiring any external services or discharging any waste.

Waste Water:

Waste water is collected in holding tanks then disposed of via a dump station. Dump stations are connected to reticulated sewerage or septic tank systems, therefore the treatments used in the waste water must be approved toilet chemicals or treatments that do not affect the operation of these systems.

Certificates and Blue Stickers:

If you would like to check a vehicle’s self containment certificate, please click here.

Each vehicle should display a valid certificate. It should also display a blue sticker with this picture:

New Zealand self contained sticker.

New Zealand self contained sticker.

The Standard requires sanitary and safe installation of the following:

1. Fresh water supply: 4L per person per day (i.e. minimum 12L per person)
2. A sink
3. Toilet: 1L per person per day (i.e. minimum 3L net holding tank capacity per person)
4. Holding tank: 4L per person per day (i.e. minimum 12L per person ) and monitored if capacity is less than the fresh water tank
5. An evacuation hose
6. A sealable refuse container (with lid)


Why Should I Rent a campervan or motorhome that has been Certified?

A self containment certificate provides local authorities and communities with a way to recognise that a vehicle poses minimal risk to the environment and public health. That way they are able to accommodate motor caravans at reserves and other areas where there are limited or no external facilities.

Without self containment, the environmental and public health problems caused by motor caravans will become unacceptable, and will result in councils and government placing increasing restrictions on the use of motor caravans.

With a self-contained campervan or motorhome you can free-camp where it is permitted.  Without self-contaned vehicle you risk getting a fine if you wild camp.

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