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 IslandCoromandel

Whangaiterenga Campsite

Kauaeranga Valley

Whangaiterenga Campsite

Kauaeranga Valley

This is one of nine campsites beside the Kauaeranga River.

South IslandWest Coast

Slab Hut Creek Camping Ground

North IslandWairarapa

Holdsworth Camping Ground - Tararua Forest Park

North IslandCoromandel

Totara Flat Campsite

Kauaeranga Valley

Totara Flat Campsite

Kauaeranga Valley

North IslandRotorua Region

Brett Road - Rerewhakaaitu Recreation Reserve

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South IslandCanterbury

Orari Gorge Camping Ground

North IslandCoromandel

CAMP OPENS FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER

South IslandSouthland

Fishing at Tawanui Camping Ground

Tawanui Campsite

Catlins Coast

Tawanui Campsite

Catlins Coast

South IslandCoastal Otago

Glencoe Camping Ground

South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzie

Lake Middleton
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North IslandWairarapa

Corner Creek Camping Ground

Corner Creek Campsite

Rimutaka Forest Park

Corner Creek Campsite

Rimutaka Forest Park

North IslandNorthland

Maitai Bay summer fun!!

Maitai Bay Campsite

Karikari Peninsula

Maitai Bay Campsite

Karikari Peninsula

DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

South IslandSouthland

Piano Flat Camping Ground

North IslandCoromandel

Hotoritori Campsite

Kauaeranga Valley

Hotoritori Campsite

Kauaeranga Valley

South IslandSouthland

Papatowai Campsite

Catlins coastal area

Papatowai Campsite

Catlins coastal area

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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 IslandMarlborough

Picnic Bay Camping Ground

Picnic Bay Campsite

Kenepuru Sound

Picnic Bay Campsite

Kenepuru Sound

This is a scenic area with walking, sea kayaking, motor boating, kayaking, fishing and bird watching opportunities.

North IslandNorthland

Kapowairua (Spirits Bay) Campsite

Te Paki Recreation Reserve, Cape Reinga

Kapowairua (Spirits Bay) Campsite

Te Paki Recreation Reserve, Cape Reinga

South IslandMarlborough

Rarangi Bay

Rarangi Campsite

Blenheim area

Rarangi Campsite

Blenheim area

Camp next to a beach. Fish, walk, picnic, surf or walk to Monkey Bay.

North IslandRuapehu

Mangawhero Camping Ground - Ohakune

Mangawhero Campsite

Tongariro National Park

Mangawhero Campsite

Tongariro National Park

South IslandSouthland

Purakaunui Bay Camping Ground

DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities