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

Freedom camping at Beach Road.

Tokomaru Bay

Freedom Camping

Tokomaru Bay

Freedom Camping

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

South IslandCentral Otago

Homestead Camping Ground

North IslandRuapehu

South IslandNelson Region

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

North IslandBay of Plenty

Sanctuary Camping Ground

Sanctuary Campsite

Minginui Conservation Area

Sanctuary Campsite

Minginui Conservation Area

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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 IslandSouthland

Dunsdale Recreation Reserve

South IslandFiordland

Hall Arm Campsite

Fiordland National Park

Hall Arm Campsite

Fiordland National Park

North IslandManawatu - Wanganui

North IslandTairāwhiti Gisborne

Orangihikoia Camping Ground

North IslandWairarapa

Cape Palliser

Ngawi Camping Area

Cape Palliser

Ngawi Camping Area

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South IslandCanterbury

O'Neils Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

O'Neils Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

North IslandHawkes Bay

Beachside free camping at Te Paerahi Beach

North IslandHawkes Bay

Waikare River Mouth Camping Ground

North IslandBay of Plenty

Lake Aniwhenua

Overnight Campervan Parking

Lake Aniwhenua

Overnight Campervan Parking

North IslandWaikato

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

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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 IslandTaupo Region

Urchin Camping Ground

Urchin Campsite

Kaimanawa Forest Park

Urchin Campsite

Kaimanawa Forest Park

North IslandWairarapa

Bucks Road Camping Ground

Bucks Road Campsite

Tararua Forest Park

Bucks Road Campsite

Tararua Forest Park

South IslandCanterbury

Lake Tennyson Scenic Reserve

Lake Tennyson Campsite

Molesworth Station

Lake Tennyson Campsite

Molesworth Station

South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzie

South IslandNelson Region

Chill out at the Coldwater Stream Campsite