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 IslandBay of Plenty

South IslandCanterbury

O'Neils Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

O'Neils Reserve

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South IslandCanterbury

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 78 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

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North IslandOut East

South IslandKaikoura Region

North IslandAuckland Region

Kaiaua Boat Club Reserve

Freedom Camping Area

Kaiaua Boat Club Reserve

Freedom Camping Area

Top Ranked NZ Deals Pass

Access savings worth hundreds of $$ on Top Ranked NZ Accommodation and Activities for just $1 per day.

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North IslandNorthland

South IslandCoastal Otago

Wingatui Racecourse

Overnight Campervan Parking

Wingatui Racecourse

Overnight Campervan Parking

North IslandRotorua Region

Avoid Camping Fines!

Each camping location is approved by a regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

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South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzie

Serenity on the lake shore

Lake Alexandrina

Overnight Campervan Parking

Lake Alexandrina

Overnight Campervan Parking

North IslandRotorua Region

Right on the lakefront, great view and awesome swiming spot.

South IslandWest Coast

Blackball

Overnight Campervan Parking

Blackball

Overnight Campervan Parking

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Camping NZ App

Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

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North IslandOut East

South IslandMarlborough

South IslandMarlborough

Bartletts Creek/Quartz Creek

Overnight Campervan Parking

Bartletts Creek/Quartz Creek

Overnight Campervan Parking

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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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North IslandWairarapa

Alfredton Community Centre

Overnight Campervan Parking

Alfredton Community Centre

Overnight Campervan Parking

North IslandBay of Plenty

South IslandCoastal Otago