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 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

South IslandCanterbury

Orari Gorge Camping Ground

South IslandNelson Region

Totaranui Camping Ground

Large DOC campsite, basic facilities

South IslandSouthland

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North IslandHawkes Bay

Waikare River Mouth Camping Ground

South IslandCoastal Otago

Glencoe Camping Ground

South IslandMarlborough

Onamalutu Scenic Reserve

Onamalutu Campsite

Northbank of the Wairau River.

Onamalutu Campsite

Northbank of the Wairau River.

This campsite is set in a remnant podocarp forest. The start of the Wakamarina tramping track is 8 km away.

North IslandBay of Plenty

Mangamate Camping Ground - Whirinaki Forest Park

North IslandCoromandel

Waikawau Bay Recreation Reserve

Waikawau Bay Campsite

Northern Coromandel

Waikawau Bay Campsite

Northern Coromandel

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South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzie

South IslandSouthland

Piano Flat Camping Ground

South IslandMarlborough

Elaine Bay Campsite

Tennyson Inlet

Elaine Bay Campsite

Tennyson Inlet

South IslandWest Coast

$6 per person, per night.

North IslandTairāwhiti Gisborne

Tolaga Bay

Freedom Camping - Blue Waters

Tolaga Bay

Freedom Camping - Blue Waters

Freedom camping opens 30 September 2018

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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 IslandNelson Region

Great facilities

Buller Campground

Lake Rotoiti

Buller Campground

Lake Rotoiti

North IslandNorthland

South IslandWest Coast

The campsite

South IslandWest Coast

North IslandWairarapa

Waiohine campground is surrounded by native bush.

Waiohine Gorge Campsite

Tararua Forest Park

Waiohine Gorge Campsite

Tararua Forest Park