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 IslandOut East

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 IslandManawatu - Wanganui

Self-contained parking

Accommodation, gardens, bush walks in rural Manawatu.

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North IslandOut East

Orangihikoia Camping Ground

Orangihikoia Campsite

Te Urewera National Park

Orangihikoia Campsite

Te Urewera National Park

North IslandRuapehu

South IslandNelson Region

Chill out at the Coldwater Stream Campsite

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North IslandManawatu - Wanganui

North IslandCoromandel

South IslandFiordland

Hall Arm Campsite

Fiordland National Park

Hall Arm Campsite

Fiordland National Park

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North IslandWairarapa

Cape Palliser

Ngawi Camping Area

Cape Palliser

Ngawi Camping Area

North IslandWaikato

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

South IslandNelson Region

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

Andrews Shelter

North IslandOut East

Rosie Bay Camping Ground

Rosie Bay

Te Urewera National Park

Rosie Bay

Te Urewera National Park

North IslandOut East

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.

North IslandWaikato

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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 IslandManawatu - Wanganui

Raumai Reserve

Summer hot spot!

South IslandCentral Otago

South IslandCanterbury

South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzie