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 IslandQueenstown Region

Skippers township

North IslandOut East

Kaiaua Beach

Freedom Camping

Kaiaua Beach

Freedom Camping

South IslandKaikoura Region

Cobb Cottage Camping Ground

Molesworth Cob Cottage Campsite

Camping, Molesworth Station

Molesworth Cob Cottage Campsite

Camping, Molesworth Station

Camp near the original cob homestead built in 1885 close to the Molesworth Farm Park boundary

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North IslandAuckland Region

Mahurangi Regional Park

Sullivans Bay Camping Ground

Mahurangi Regional Park

Sullivans Bay Camping Ground

Mahurangi Regional Park

Gates open at 6am and close at 9 pm

North IslandAuckland Region

Tents only. No campervans or caravans.

South IslandMarlborough

Harvey Bay Camping Ground

Harvey Bay Campsite

Tennyson Inlet

Harvey Bay Campsite

Tennyson Inlet

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North IslandNorthland

South IslandCanterbury

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

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South IslandWest Coast

Slab Hut Creek Camping Ground

North IslandWaikato

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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South IslandMarlborough

Madsen's Camp

Queen Charlotte Sound

Madsen's Camp

Queen Charlotte Sound

Campsites with a view.

North IslandAuckland Region

Walking accessed campsite near Huia, in the Waitakere area.

South IslandMarlborough

Moetapu Bay Camping Ground

Camping only - Not suitable for Motorhomes or Caravans

South IslandCanterbury

Orari Gorge Camping Ground
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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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South IslandWest Coast

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

North IslandRotorua Region

Brett Road - Rerewhakaaitu Recreation Reserve

North IslandWairarapa

Holdsworth Camping Ground - Tararua Forest Park