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

Sunset Bay Campsite

Urupukapuka Island

Sunset Bay Campsite

Urupukapuka Island

Boat access only

South IslandNelson Region

Chill out at the Coldwater Stream Campsite

North IslandRotorua Region

Brett Road - Rerewhakaaitu Recreation Reserve

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South IslandQueenstown Region

Moke Lake Camping Ground

DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

North IslandWairarapa

Holdsworth Camping Ground - Tararua Forest Park

North IslandWaikato

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

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North IslandManawatu - Wanganui

Grassy area surrounded by native bush and a stream.

Anzac Park

Norsewood

Anzac Park

Norsewood

North IslandCoromandel

CAMP OPENS FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER

South IslandWanaka 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 IslandWest Coast

South IslandSouthland

Papatowai Campsite

Catlins coastal area

Papatowai Campsite

Catlins coastal area

North IslandNorthland

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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

North IslandOut East

North IslandBay of Plenty

One of the various camping areas

Lakeside camping near fantastic waterfall

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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 IslandManawatu - Wanganui

Totara Reserve - Camping

South IslandSouthland

Fishing at Tawanui Camping Ground

Tawanui Campsite

Catlins Coast

Tawanui Campsite

Catlins Coast

South IslandCanterbury

Lake Tennyson Scenic Reserve

Lake Tennyson Campsite

Molesworth Station

Lake Tennyson Campsite

Molesworth Station

North IslandWaikato

Small reserve along the Waikato river with boat access, playground and public toilet