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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South IslandCentral Otago

Homestead Camping Ground

North IslandOut East

Freedom camping at Beach Road.

Tokomaru Bay

Freedom Camping

Tokomaru Bay

Freedom Camping

Summer camping is closed and will reopen Sunday 30 September 2018.

North IslandRuapehu

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North IslandOut East

Orangihikoia Camping Ground

South IslandNelson Region

Chill out at the Coldwater Stream Campsite

North IslandWaikato

Free camping on the Mangakino Recreation reserve on the shore of Lake Maraetai.

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North IslandOut East

Te Pakau (Eight Acre) Camping Ground

North IslandWairarapa

Bucks Road Camping Ground

Bucks Road Campsite

Tararua Forest Park

Bucks Road Campsite

Tararua Forest Park

South IslandCanterbury

Lake Tennyson Scenic Reserve

Lake Tennyson Campsite

Molesworth Station

Lake Tennyson Campsite

Molesworth Station

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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North IslandOut East

Camp at the shore of Lake Waikaremoana in a secluded bay with stunning views. This is a popular campsite and a good base for lake activities.

North IslandWairarapa

Cape Palliser

Ngawi Camping Area

Cape Palliser

Ngawi Camping Area

South IslandSouthland

Dunsdale Recreation Reserve
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North IslandManawatu - Wanganui

Raumai Reserve

Summer hot spot!

South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzie

South IslandNelson Region

Camp next to the river at the head of the reservoir.

South IslandCentral Otago

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Victoria Slater

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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 IslandHawkes Bay

Beachside free camping at Te Paerahi Beach

North IslandOut East

Rosie Bay Camping Ground

Rosie Bay

Te Urewera

Rosie Bay

Te Urewera

South IslandWanaka Region

Lindis Pass Historic Hotel

Lindis Pass Historic Hotel Campsite

Nine Mile Historic Reserve

Lindis Pass Historic Hotel Campsite

Nine Mile Historic Reserve

South IslandCanterbury

Andrews Shelter