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 IslandWairarapa

Holdsworth Camping Ground - Tararua Forest Park

South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzie

Lake Middleton

South IslandWest Coast

Slab Hut Creek Camping Ground

North IslandCoromandel

Totara Flat Campsite

Kauaeranga Valley

Totara Flat Campsite

Kauaeranga Valley

North IslandCoromandel

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South IslandSouthland

Fishing at Tawanui Camping Ground

Tawanui Campsite

Catlins Coast

Tawanui Campsite

Catlins Coast

North IslandWairarapa

Corner Creek Camping Ground

Corner Creek Campsite

Rimutaka Forest Park

Corner Creek Campsite

Rimutaka Forest 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 IslandCanterbury

Orari Gorge Camping Ground

South IslandCoastal Otago

Glencoe Camping Ground
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South IslandMarlborough

Butchers Flat Camping Ground

Butchers Flat Campsite

Wakamarina Valley

Butchers Flat Campsite

Wakamarina Valley

South IslandSouthland

Purakaunui Bay Camping Ground

DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

South IslandSouthland

Piano Flat Camping Ground

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.

South IslandSouthland

Papatowai Campsite

Catlins coastal area

Papatowai Campsite

Catlins coastal area

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Victoria Slater

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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 IslandRuapehu

Mangawhero Camping Ground - Ohakune

Mangawhero Campsite

Tongariro National Park

Mangawhero Campsite

Tongariro National Park

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

North IslandTairāwhiti Gisborne

Anaura Bay Recreation Reserve

Anaura Bay Campsite

Anaura Bay Scenic Reserve

Anaura Bay Campsite

Anaura Bay Scenic Reserve

Open from Labour Weekend to Easter ONLY

North IslandCoromandel

Hotoritori Campsite

Kauaeranga Valley

Hotoritori Campsite

Kauaeranga Valley

North IslandHawkes Bay

Lake Tutira Recreation Reserve