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 IslandManawatu - Wanganui

Apiti Domain

Apiti Domain

Overnight Camping

Apiti Domain

Overnight Camping

North IslandHawkes Bay

Hot pools at the Mangatutu Hot Springs

North IslandBay of Plenty

South IslandCanterbury

South IslandNelson Region

Go Mot!!

Port Motueka Beach Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

Port Motueka Beach Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

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South IslandCanterbury

North IslandWaikato

Kaniwhaniwha Campsite

Pirongia Forest Park

Kaniwhaniwha Campsite

Pirongia Forest Park

Walk or mountain bike the Nikau Walk to this campsite.

South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzie

Ahuriri Bridge Camping Ground

DIDYMO AREA: Please check, clean and dry anything thats been in the water - stop the spread!!

North IslandHawkes Bay

Cooking shelter at Lawrence Camping Ground

Lawrence Campsite

Kaweka Forest Park

Lawrence Campsite

Kaweka Forest Park

North IslandTairāwhiti Gisborne

Boulders Camping Ground

Boulders Campsite

Urutawa Conservation Area

Boulders Campsite

Urutawa Conservation Area

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North IslandWellington Region

Paremata

Ngatitoa Domain - Overnight Campervan Parking

Paremata

Ngatitoa Domain - Overnight Campervan Parking

North IslandTaupo Region

Clements Clearing Camping Ground

Clements Clearing Campsite

Kaimanawa Forest Park

Clements Clearing Campsite

Kaimanawa Forest Park

North IslandManawatu - Wanganui

Simpsons Domain Campsite

Hunterville area

Simpsons Domain Campsite

Hunterville area

South IslandCentral Otago

Danseys Pass Camping Ground

North IslandTaupo Region

Photo taken from a campsite

Free Campsite on the Waikato River just out of Taupo.

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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 IslandWaikato

Piropiro Camping Ground

Piropiro Campsite

Pureora Forest Park

Piropiro Campsite

Pureora Forest Park

South IslandNelson Region

Anatori Beach

*** POSSIBLY CLOSED FROM OCTOBER 2019 ***

North IslandNorthland

Twilight Campsite

Te Paki Recreation Reserve

Twilight Campsite

Te Paki Recreation Reserve

North IslandNorthland

Raetea North Side - Raetea Forest

Free, primo, done!

South IslandFiordland

Tucked into trees

Monowai Campsite

Lake Monowai

Monowai Campsite

Lake Monowai