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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 IslandAuckland Region

Whangapoua Camping Ground

Great Barrier Island

South IslandNelson Region

James Mackay Campsite

Kahurangi National Park

James Mackay Campsite

Kahurangi National Park

North IslandRotorua Region

Lake Okareka Scenic Reserve

(Lake Okareka Scenic Reserve)

Lake Okareka Campsite

(Lake Okareka Scenic Reserve)

Lake Okareka Campsite

North IslandNorthland

Maitai Bay summer fun!!

Maitai Bay Campsite

Karikari Peninsula

Maitai Bay Campsite

Karikari Peninsula

DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

South IslandQueenstown Region

Lake Sylvan Camping Ground

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South IslandFiordland

Totara Camping Ground

Totara Campsite

Milford Rd

Totara Campsite

Milford Rd

North IslandTairāwhiti Gisborne

South IslandFiordland

This campsite is the closest DOC campsite to Te Anau on the popular scenic drive to Milford Sound.

South IslandMarlborough

French Pass Recreation Reserve

French Pass Campsite

French Pass and D'Urville Island Scenic Reserves

French Pass Campsite

French Pass and D'Urville Island Scenic Reserves

South IslandFiordland

MacKay Creek
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South IslandKaikoura Region

Coastal camping

North IslandCoromandel

Trestle View Campsite

Kauaeranga Valley

Trestle View Campsite

Kauaeranga Valley

North IslandNorthland

Otamure Camping Ground - Whananaki

North IslandWellington Region

Catchpool Camping Ground

Catchpool Valley Campsite

Rimutaka Forest Park

Catchpool Valley Campsite

Rimutaka Forest Park

North IslandRuapehu

Tieke Kainga Campsite

Whanganui National Park

Tieke Kainga Campsite

Whanganui 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 IslandCoastal Otago

South IslandSouthland

ducks in foreground

A secret garden hidden from view of the passing traffic. So call in and sit back and enjoy the views over the pond watching the wildlife.

North IslandNorthland

South IslandFiordland

Walker Creek

South IslandNelson Region

Observation Beach Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park

Observation Beach Campsite

Abel Tasman National Park