Basic Camping

AccommodationCamping Grounds

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 IslandKaikoura Region

Cobb Cottage Camping Ground

Molesworth Cob Cottage Campsite

Camping, Molesworth Station

Molesworth Cob Cottage Campsite

Camping, Molesworth Station

Camp near the original cob homestead built in 1885 close to the Molesworth Farm Park boundary

South IslandQueenstown Region

Skippers township

South IslandCanterbury

Boyle Campsite

Lake Sumner Forest Park

Boyle Campsite

Lake Sumner Forest Park

North IslandManawatu - Wanganui

The southern camping area when it's very busy.

(Putai Ngahere)

Vinegar Hill Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

(Putai Ngahere)

Vinegar Hill Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

One of the district's most popular and well-used picnic and camping reserves.

South IslandNelson Region

Kina Beach

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South IslandKaikoura Region

South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzie

Lake Middleton

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.

South IslandMarlborough

Picnics and swimming

Whites Bay Campsite

Blenheim area

Whites Bay Campsite

Blenheim area

This camp has lovely scenery and is close to a surf beach at Pukatea/Whites Bay. Go walking, fishing, swimming or kayaking from here.

South IslandCanterbury

Acheron Accommodation House

Acheron Accomodation House Campsite

Molesworth Station - Hanmer

Acheron Accomodation House Campsite

Molesworth Station - Hanmer

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North IslandAuckland Region

Motuihe Island Recreation Reserve

Motuihe (Island) Campsite

Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

Motuihe (Island) Campsite

Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

North IslandAuckland Region

Walking accessed campsite near Huia, in the Waitakere area.

North IslandBay of Plenty

Matata Camp Ground

North IslandNorthland

Te Arai Point

Overnight Campervan Parking

Te Arai Point

Overnight Campervan Parking

North IslandWaikato

Small reserve along the Waikato river with boat access, playground and public toilet

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Victoria Slater

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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 IslandCanterbury

South IslandSouthland

Fishing at Tawanui Camping Ground

Tawanui Campsite

Catlins Coast

Tawanui Campsite

Catlins Coast

South IslandCanterbury

Lake Taylor Camping Ground

Lake Taylor Campsite

Lake Sumner Conservation Park

Lake Taylor Campsite

Lake Sumner Conservation Park

South IslandMarlborough

Ngaruru Camping Ground as spotted from the sea.

Ngaruru Bay campsite

Queen Charlotte Sound

Ngaruru Bay campsite

Queen Charlotte Sound

Boat access only

South IslandMarlborough

Cannibal Cove Camping Ground

Cannibal Cove Campsite

Queen Charlotte Sound

Cannibal Cove Campsite

Queen Charlotte Sound

Boat access only