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 IslandNelson Region

Chill out at the Coldwater Stream Campsite

North IslandRotorua Region

Brett Road - Rerewhakaaitu Recreation Reserve

South IslandQueenstown Region

Moke Lake Camping Ground

DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

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North IslandWairarapa

Holdsworth Camping Ground - Tararua Forest Park

North IslandManawatu - Wanganui

Grassy area surrounded by native bush and a stream.

Anzac Park

Norsewood

Anzac Park

Norsewood

North IslandWaikato

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

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North IslandCoromandel

CAMP OPENS FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER

South IslandSouthland

Purakaunui Bay Camping Ground

DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

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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North IslandNorthland

South IslandSouthland

Papatowai Campsite

Catlins coastal area

Papatowai Campsite

Catlins coastal area

North IslandOut East

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South IslandMarlborough

Blumine Island Camping Ground

Boat / Sea kayak access only

North IslandManawatu - Wanganui

Totara Reserve - Camping

South IslandWest Coast

North IslandOut East

Te Pakau (Eight Acre) Camping Ground
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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 IslandCanterbury

Lake Tennyson Scenic Reserve

Lake Tennyson Campsite

Molesworth Station

Lake Tennyson Campsite

Molesworth Station

South IslandSouthland

Fishing at Tawanui Camping Ground

Tawanui Campsite

Catlins Coast

Tawanui Campsite

Catlins Coast

North IslandNorthland

Cable Bay Campsite

Urupukapuka Island

Cable Bay Campsite

Urupukapuka Island

North IslandWairarapa

Cape Palliser

Ngawi Camping Area

Cape Palliser

Ngawi Camping Area