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 IslandCentral Otago

Homestead Camping Ground

North IslandTairāwhiti Gisborne

Freedom camping at Beach Road.

Tokomaru Bay

Freedom Camping

Tokomaru Bay

Freedom Camping

Summer camping is closed and will reopen Sunday 30 September 2018.

North IslandRuapehu

North IslandWaikato

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

North IslandTairāwhiti Gisborne

Te Pakau (Eight Acre) Camping Ground

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North IslandTairāwhiti Gisborne

Orangihikoia Camping Ground

North IslandHawkes Bay

Beachside free camping at Te Paerahi Beach

North IslandTairāwhiti Gisborne

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 IslandNelson Region

Chill out at the Coldwater Stream Campsite

North IslandBay of Plenty

Lake Aniwhenua

Overnight Campervan Parking

Lake Aniwhenua

Overnight Campervan Parking

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South IslandSouthland

Dunsdale Recreation Reserve

North IslandWairarapa

Cape Palliser

Ngawi Camping Area

Cape Palliser

Ngawi Camping Area

South IslandCanterbury

Lake Tennyson Scenic Reserve

Lake Tennyson Campsite

Molesworth Station

Lake Tennyson Campsite

Molesworth Station

North IslandHawkes Bay

Waikare River Mouth Camping Ground

South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzie

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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 IslandWairarapa

Bucks Road Camping Ground

Bucks Road Campsite

Tararua Forest Park

Bucks Road Campsite

Tararua Forest Park

South IslandNelson Region

Camp next to the river at the head of the reservoir.

South IslandWanaka Region

Lindis Pass Historic Hotel

Lindis Pass Historic Hotel Campsite

Nine Mile Historic Reserve

Lindis Pass Historic Hotel Campsite

Nine Mile Historic Reserve

South IslandCanterbury

Andrews Shelter

North IslandTairāwhiti Gisborne

Rosie Bay Camping Ground

Rosie Bay

Te Urewera

Rosie Bay

Te Urewera