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 IslandCoromandel

Whangaiterenga Campsite

Kauaeranga Valley

Whangaiterenga Campsite

Kauaeranga Valley

CAMPSITE OPENS FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER

South IslandWest Coast

Slab Hut Creek Camping Ground

South IslandCanterbury

Orari Gorge Camping Ground

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North IslandCoromandel

Totara Flat Campsite

Kauaeranga Valley

Totara Flat Campsite

Kauaeranga Valley

North IslandRotorua Region

Brett Road - Rerewhakaaitu Recreation Reserve

North IslandWairarapa

Holdsworth Camping Ground - Tararua Forest Park

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North IslandCoromandel

CAMP OPENS FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER

South IslandSouthland

Purakaunui Bay Camping Ground

DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

South IslandSouthland

Papatowai Campsite

Catlins coastal area

Papatowai Campsite

Catlins coastal area

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South IslandSouthland

Fishing at Tawanui Camping Ground

Tawanui Campsite

Catlins Coast

Tawanui Campsite

Catlins Coast

North IslandCoromandel

Trestle View Campsite

Kauaeranga Valley

Trestle View Campsite

Kauaeranga Valley

South IslandWest Coast

Magic sunrise

Lake Mahinapua Campsite

Mahinapua Scenic Reserve

Lake Mahinapua Campsite

Mahinapua Scenic Reserve

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South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzie

Lake Middleton

North IslandCoromandel

Hotoritori Campsite

Kauaeranga Valley

Hotoritori Campsite

Kauaeranga Valley

South IslandSouthland

Piano Flat Camping Ground

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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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 IslandNorthland

Kapowairua (Spirits Bay) Campsite

Te Paki Recreation Reserve, Cape Reinga

Kapowairua (Spirits Bay) Campsite

Te Paki Recreation Reserve, Cape Reinga

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 IslandFiordland

Mavora Lakes Camping Ground

Mavora Lakes Campsite

Mavora Lakes Conservation Park

Mavora Lakes Campsite

Mavora Lakes Conservation Park

South IslandWest Coast

Just amazing

Kohaihai Campsite

Kahurangi National Park

Kohaihai Campsite

Kahurangi National Park