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 IslandNorthland

Urupukapuka Bay campsite

Urupukapuka Bay Campsite

Urupukapuka Island

Urupukapuka Bay Campsite

Urupukapuka Island

Boat access only

North IslandNorthland

Cable Bay Campsite

Urupukapuka Island

Cable Bay Campsite

Urupukapuka Island

South IslandNelson Region

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South IslandNelson Region

Mosquito Bay

Mosquito Bay Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

Mosquito Bay Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

South IslandNelson Region

Watering Cove Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

Watering Cove Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

South IslandNelson Region

Mutton Cove Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

Mutton Cove Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

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South IslandNelson Region

Tonga Island just across from the campsite

Tonga Quarry Camping

Abel Tasman National Park

Tonga Quarry Camping

Abel Tasman National Park

DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

South IslandNelson Region

Apple Tree Bay Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

Apple Tree Bay Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

South IslandNelson Region

Anapai Bay Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

Anapai Bay Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

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North IslandRuapehu

Tieke Kainga Campsite

Whanganui National Park

Tieke Kainga Campsite

Whanganui National Park

South IslandNelson Region

Observation Beach Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

Observation Beach Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

South IslandNelson Region

Bark Bay Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

Bark Bay Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

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North IslandRotorua Region

Hot Water Beach Camping Ground

Now has access without boat via the Tarawera Trail which was opened in 2013.

South IslandNelson Region

Scotts Beach Campsite

Kahurangi National Park

Scotts Beach Campsite

Kahurangi National Park

South IslandNelson Region

Waiharakeke Bay Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

Waiharakeke Bay Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

North IslandWellington Region

Matiu/ Somes Island Camping Ground

Matiu/Somes Island Campsite

Matiu/Somes Island

Matiu/Somes Island Campsite

Matiu/Somes Island

Boat access only

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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 IslandNelson Region

Te Pukatea Bay Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

Te Pukatea Bay Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

North IslandNorthland

Waikahoa Bay Campsite - Mimiwhangata

Waikahoa Bay Campsite

Mimiwhangata Coastal Park

Waikahoa Bay Campsite

Mimiwhangata Coastal Park

No vehicle access

North IslandManawatu - Wanganui

John Coull Campsite

Whanganui National Park

John Coull Campsite

Whanganui National Park

South IslandNelson Region

Aorere Shelter Campsite

Kahurangi National Park

Aorere Shelter Campsite

Kahurangi National Park