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 IslandTairāwhiti Gisborne

Korokoro Campsite

Lake Waikaremoana

Korokoro Campsite

Lake Waikaremoana

North IslandAuckland Region

Walking accessed campsite in the Hunua Ranges

South IslandWest Coast

South IslandMarlborough

Schoolhouse Bay Camping Ground

Schoolhouse Bay Campsite

Queen Charlotte Sound

Schoolhouse Bay Campsite

Queen Charlotte Sound

Boat,kayak, mountain bike or walking track access only

North IslandWellington Region

Graces Stream Camping Ground

Graces Stream Campsite

Rimutaka Forest Park

Graces Stream Campsite

Rimutaka Forest Park

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North IslandAuckland Region

Basic campsite located by an old logging tramway tunnel south of Karekare.

North IslandWaikato

North IslandAuckland Region

Walking access only - 2.8km

North IslandAuckland Region

North IslandTairāwhiti Gisborne

Tapuaenui Campsite

Lake Waikaremoana

Tapuaenui Campsite

Lake Waikaremoana

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South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzie

Temple Camping Ground

Temple Campsite

Ruataniwha Conservation Park

Temple Campsite

Ruataniwha Conservation Park

South IslandMarlborough

Ferndale Scenic Reserve

Ferndale

Kenepuru Sound

Ferndale

Kenepuru Sound

Boat access only

North IslandAuckland Region

North IslandTairāwhiti Gisborne

Maraunui Campsite

Lake Waikaremoana

Maraunui Campsite

Lake Waikaremoana

North IslandHawkes 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 IslandAuckland Region

Lagoon Bay Camping Ground

Mahurangi Regional Park

Lagoon Bay Camping Ground

Mahurangi Regional Park

Boat access only

North IslandAuckland Region

Te Muri Beach Camping Ground

Mahurangi Regional Park

Te Muri Beach Camping Ground

Mahurangi Regional Park

Walking access only - 1.3km / 45 mins

North IslandTairāwhiti Gisborne

South IslandMarlborough

Kumutoto Bay Scenic Reserve

Kumutoto Bay Campsite

Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui area

Kumutoto Bay Campsite

Queen Charlotte Sound/Tōtaranui area

A sheltered east facing bay with a short walk, boating, water skiing and fishing opportunities close by.

North IslandAuckland Region

A walking accessed campsite in the Hunua Ranges