Basic Camping

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Basic Facility Camping

Camping with just the bare essentials in some of the most beautiful locations across NZ. Expect a non flush toilet that's intermittently serviced. Anything more is a bonus.

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North IslandAuckland Region

Tents only. No campervans or caravans.

South IslandMarlborough

Madsen's Camp

Queen Charlotte Sound

Madsen's Camp

Queen Charlotte Sound

Campsites with a view.

North IslandAuckland Region

Motuihe Island Recreation Reserve

Motuihe (Island) Campsite

Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

Motuihe (Island) Campsite

Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

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North IslandAuckland Region

Walking accessed campsite near Huia, in the Waitakere area.

North IslandAuckland Region

Home Bay - Motutapu Island Recreation Reserve

Home Bay, Motutapu Island Campsite

Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

Home Bay, Motutapu Island Campsite

Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

South IslandMarlborough

Moetapu Bay Camping Ground

Camping only - Not suitable for Motorhomes or Caravans

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South IslandMarlborough

Ngaruru Camping Ground as spotted from the sea.

Ngaruru Bay campsite

Queen Charlotte Sound

Ngaruru Bay campsite

Queen Charlotte Sound

Boat access only

South IslandWest Coast

South IslandMarlborough

Blumine Island Camping Ground

Boat / Sea kayak access only

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North IslandAuckland Region

Small tent sites only

South IslandStewart Island

Maori Beach Campsite

Rakiura National Park

Maori Beach Campsite

Rakiura National Park

South IslandMarlborough

Tawa Bay Camping Ground

Tawa Bay Campsite

Tennyson Inlet

Tawa Bay Campsite

Tennyson Inlet

Boat access only

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North IslandAuckland Region

South IslandNelson Region

Angelus Hut campsite

Nelson Lakes National Park

Angelus Hut campsite

Nelson Lakes National Park

North IslandAuckland Region

Walking accessed campsite in the Hunua Ranges

North IslandAuckland Region

Mita Bay Camping Ground

Mahurangi Regional Park

Mita Bay Camping Ground

Mahurangi Regional Park

Walking access only - 45 mins

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Victoria Slater

United Kingdom

Don't accept that you have to pay to do everything in NZ. It does feel in places like every opportunity to make a buck is being exploited, to the disadvantage of tourists, but with research you can find great free/low cost alternatives i.e Curio Bay in the Catlins

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South IslandMarlborough

Davies Bay Camping Ground

Davies Bay Campsite

Queen Charlotte Sound

Davies Bay Campsite

Queen Charlotte Sound

Boat / walking track access only

North IslandAuckland Region

Walking acces only - 40mins at low tide

North IslandAuckland Region

Pae o te Rangi Camping Ground

Cascades - Waitakere

Pae o te Rangi Camping Ground

Cascades - Waitakere

Walking accessed campsite in the Cascades, situated on a working farm.

South IslandMarlborough

Camp Bay Camping Ground

Camp Bay Campsite

Queen Charlotte Sound

Camp Bay Campsite

Queen Charlotte Sound

Boat / walking track access only