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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South IslandNelson Region

Mosquito Bay

Mosquito Bay Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

Mosquito Bay Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

South IslandNelson Region

Mutton Cove Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

Mutton Cove Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

South IslandNelson Region

North IslandTairāwhiti Gisborne

South IslandNelson Region

Avoid Camping Fines!

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 IslandCanterbury

South IslandCanterbury

South IslandNelson Region

Apple Tree Bay Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

Apple Tree Bay Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

South IslandQueenstown Region

Walking access only

South IslandQueenstown Region

Walking access only

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North IslandAuckland Region

Medlands Beach - Oruawharo Creek Recreation Reserve

Medlands Beach Campsite

Oruawharo Creek Recreation Reserve

Medlands Beach Campsite

Oruawharo Creek Recreation Reserve

Great Barrier Island

South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzie

North IslandAuckland Region

Awana Beach - Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island

North IslandAuckland Region

The Green Camping Ground

The Green Campsite

Whangaparapara Harbour

The Green Campsite

Whangaparapara Harbour

Great Barrier Island

South IslandNelson Region

Perry Saddle Campsite

Kahurangi National Park

Perry Saddle Campsite

Kahurangi 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 IslandNelson Region

James Mackay Campsite

Kahurangi National Park

James Mackay Campsite

Kahurangi National Park

North IslandAuckland Region

Whangapoua Camping Ground

Great Barrier Island

North IslandAuckland Region

Akapoua Bay - Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island

South IslandNelson Region

Anapai Bay Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

Anapai Bay Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

South IslandNelson Region

Saxon Campsite

Kahurangi National Park

Saxon Campsite

Kahurangi National Park