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 IslandSouthland

Purakaunui Bay Camping Ground

DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

North IslandOut East

Tolaga Bay

Freedom Camping - Blue Waters

Tolaga Bay

Freedom Camping - Blue Waters

Freedom camping opens 30 September 2018

South IslandMarlborough

Rarangi Bay

Rarangi Campsite

Blenheim area

Rarangi Campsite

Blenheim area

Camp next to a beach. Fish, walk, picnic, surf or walk to Monkey Bay.

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North IslandTaranaki

Wai-inu Beach is a beautifiul and expansive beach campsite in South Taranaki. Costs are $5.00 per site March to November (honesty system applies...

North IslandManawatu - Wanganui

North IslandNorthland

Kapowairua (Spirits Bay) Campsite

Te Paki Recreation Reserve, Cape Reinga

Kapowairua (Spirits Bay) Campsite

Te Paki Recreation Reserve, Cape Reinga

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South IslandNelson Region

Cannon Downs Camping Ground

Canaan Downs Campsite

Canaan Downs Scenic Reserve

Canaan Downs Campsite

Canaan Downs Scenic Reserve

Remote DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

South IslandWest Coast

Just amazing

Kohaihai Campsite

Kahurangi National Park

Kohaihai Campsite

Kahurangi National Park

South IslandCanterbury

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

Anaura Bay Recreation Reserve

Anaura Bay Campsite

Anaura Bay Scenic Reserve

Anaura Bay Campsite

Anaura Bay Scenic Reserve

Open from Labour Weekend to Easter ONLY

North IslandCoromandel

South IslandCoastal Otago

Glencoe Camping Ground
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South IslandWest Coast

Goldsborough

South IslandMarlborough

Picnic Bay Camping Ground

Picnic Bay Campsite

Kenepuru Sound

Picnic Bay Campsite

Kenepuru Sound

This is a scenic area with walking, sea kayaking, motor boating, kayaking, fishing and bird watching opportunities.

North IslandOut East

Lot's of space. Picnic tables. Fire pits.

Wilderness Camping

North IslandWellington Region

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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 IslandMarlborough

Onamalutu Scenic Reserve

Onamalutu Campsite

Northbank of the Wairau River.

Onamalutu Campsite

Northbank of the Wairau River.

This campsite is set in a remnant podocarp forest. The start of the Wakamarina tramping track is 8 km away.

North IslandHawkes Bay

Lake Tutira Recreation Reserve

South IslandWest Coast

The campsite

South IslandCanterbury