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 IslandNorthland

South IslandWest Coast

North IslandNorthland

Uretiti Beach Camping Ground

DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

North IslandAuckland Region

North IslandRuapehu

Mangawhero Camping Ground - Ohakune

Mangawhero Campsite

Tongariro National Park

Mangawhero Campsite

Tongariro National Park

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North IslandCoromandel

Hotoritori Campsite

Kauaeranga Valley

Hotoritori Campsite

Kauaeranga Valley

South IslandNelson Region

Tonga Island just across from the campsite

Tonga Quarry Camping

Abel Tasman National Park

Tonga Quarry Camping

Abel Tasman National Park

DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

North IslandWellington Region

Matiu/ Somes Island Camping Ground

Matiu/Somes Island Campsite

Matiu/Somes Island

Matiu/Somes Island Campsite

Matiu/Somes Island

Boat access only

North IslandCoromandel

Whangaiterenga Campsite

Kauaeranga Valley

Whangaiterenga Campsite

Kauaeranga Valley

This is one of nine campsites beside the Kauaeranga River.

South IslandWest Coast

Okarito wilderness
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South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzie

White Horse Hill Camping Ground

White Horse Hill Campground

Hooker Valley - Aoraki/Mount / Mt Cook

White Horse Hill Campground

Hooker Valley - Aoraki/Mount / Mt Cook

$15 (adults), $7.50 (children) Campsite at Aoraki/Mount Cook

South IslandWest Coast

Magic sunrise

Lake Mahinapua Campsite

Mahinapua Scenic Reserve

Lake Mahinapua Campsite

Mahinapua Scenic Reserve

South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzie

Park up at the 'Bend'

South IslandCanterbury

Wow!

South IslandNelson Region

Watering Cove Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

Watering Cove Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

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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 IslandWest Coast

Ottos/ MacDonalds

North IslandNorthland

Maitai Bay summer fun!!

Maitai Bay Campsite

Karikari Peninsula

Maitai Bay Campsite

Karikari Peninsula

DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

South IslandFiordland

Kiosk Creek Campsite - It's banger on a good day

North IslandRuapehu

Ohinepane Camping Ground - Whanganui Journey

Ohinepane Campsite

Ohinepane Recreation Reserve

Ohinepane Campsite

Ohinepane Recreation Reserve

Great Walk Hut

South IslandMarlborough

Cowshed Bay Camping Ground

Portage Bay Recreation Reserve, Kenepuru Sound, near the Portage Resort