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 IslandCanterbury

O'Neils Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

O'Neils Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

North IslandOut East

Camp at the shore of Lake Waikaremoana in a secluded bay with stunning views. This is a popular campsite and a good base for lake activities.

South IslandMarlborough

Conservation Campsite Pass

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North IslandManawatu - Wanganui

North IslandWairarapa

Cape Palliser

Ngawi Camping Area

Cape Palliser

Ngawi Camping Area

North IslandAuckland Region

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South IslandSouthland

Dunsdale Recreation Reserve

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

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 IslandNelson Region

Totaranui Camping Ground

Large DOC campsite, basic facilities

North IslandNorthland

Te Arai Point

Overnight Campervan Parking

Te Arai Point

Overnight Campervan Parking

North IslandAuckland Region

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South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzie

Lake Middleton

South IslandNelson Region

Great facilities

Buller Campground

Lake Rotoiti

Buller Campground

Lake Rotoiti

South IslandWest Coast

$6 per person, per night.

South IslandMarlborough

Elaine Bay Campsite

Tennyson Inlet

Elaine Bay Campsite

Tennyson Inlet

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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 IslandCoromandel

Waikawau Bay Recreation Reserve

Waikawau Bay Campsite

Northern Coromandel

Waikawau Bay Campsite

Northern Coromandel

North IslandNorthland

Uretiti Beach Camping Ground

DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

South IslandNelson Region

Kina Beach

North IslandAuckland Region