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 IslandNorthland

Urupukapuka Bay campsite

Urupukapuka Bay Campsite

Urupukapuka Island

Urupukapuka Bay Campsite

Urupukapuka Island

Boat access only

North IslandNorthland

Cable Bay Campsite

Urupukapuka Island

Cable Bay Campsite

Urupukapuka Island

South IslandNelson Region

Tonga Island just across from the campsite

Tonga Quarry Camping

Abel Tasman National Park

Tonga Quarry Camping

Abel Tasman National Park

DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

North IslandWellington Region

Matiu/ Somes Island Camping Ground

Matiu/Somes Island Campsite

Matiu/Somes Island

Matiu/Somes Island Campsite

Matiu/Somes Island

Boat access only

South IslandNelson Region

Watering Cove Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

Watering Cove Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

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South IslandNelson Region

Mosquito Bay

Mosquito Bay Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

Mosquito Bay Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

South IslandNelson Region

Mutton Cove Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

Mutton Cove Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

South IslandNelson Region

South IslandNelson Region

Apple Tree Bay Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

Apple Tree Bay Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

South IslandNelson Region

James Mackay Campsite

Kahurangi National Park

James Mackay Campsite

Kahurangi National Park

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South IslandQueenstown Region

Walking access only

South IslandNelson Region

Perry Saddle Campsite

Kahurangi National Park

Perry Saddle Campsite

Kahurangi National Park

South IslandQueenstown Region

Walking access only

South IslandNelson Region

Anapai Bay Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

Anapai Bay Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

South IslandNelson Region

Saxon Campsite

Kahurangi National Park

Saxon Campsite

Kahurangi National Park

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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 IslandRuapehu

Tieke Kainga Campsite

Whanganui National Park

Tieke Kainga Campsite

Whanganui National Park

North IslandRotorua Region

Hot Water Beach Camping Ground

Now has access without boat via the Tarawera Trail which was opened in 2013.

South IslandNelson Region

Bark Bay Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

Bark Bay Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

South IslandNelson Region

Observation Beach Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

Observation Beach Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

South IslandNelson Region

Torrent Bay Village Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

Torrent Bay Village Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park