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 IslandFiordland

Mavora Lakes Camping Ground

Mavora Lakes Campsite

Mavora Lakes Conservation Park

Mavora Lakes Campsite

Mavora Lakes Conservation Park

South IslandCanterbury

Orari Gorge Camping Ground

North IslandCoromandel

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North IslandWairarapa

Holdsworth Camping Ground - Tararua Forest Park

South IslandWest Coast

Slab Hut Creek Camping Ground

North IslandCoromandel

Trestle View Campsite

Kauaeranga Valley

Trestle View Campsite

Kauaeranga Valley

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South IslandSouthland

Papatowai Campsite

Catlins coastal area

Papatowai Campsite

Catlins coastal area

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.

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South IslandWest Coast

Magic sunrise

Lake Mahinapua Campsite

Mahinapua Scenic Reserve

Lake Mahinapua Campsite

Mahinapua Scenic Reserve

South IslandWest Coast

Goldsborough

South IslandSouthland

Purakaunui Bay Camping Ground

DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

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South IslandWest Coast

Just amazing

Kohaihai Campsite

Kahurangi National Park

Kohaihai Campsite

Kahurangi National Park

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 IslandSouthland

Piano Flat Camping Ground

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

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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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North IslandOut East

Lot's of space. Picnic tables. Fire pits.

Wilderness Camping

North IslandHawkes Bay

Lake Tutira Recreation Reserve

North IslandWairarapa

Kiriwhakapapa Camping Ground - Tararua Forest Park

South IslandFiordland

MacKay Creek