Basic Camping

AccommodationCamping Grounds

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 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

South IslandSouthland

Purakaunui Bay Camping Ground

DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

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

South IslandWanaka Region

Boundary Creek

North IslandHawkes Bay

Lake Tutira Recreation Reserve

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South IslandWest Coast

Just amazing

Kohaihai Campsite

Kahurangi National Park

Kohaihai Campsite

Kahurangi National Park

South IslandWest Coast

Magic sunrise

Lake Mahinapua Campsite

Mahinapua Scenic Reserve

Lake Mahinapua Campsite

Mahinapua Scenic Reserve

North IslandTairāwhiti Gisborne

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

Wilderness Camping

North IslandBay of Plenty

View of the river

Dickey Flat Campsite

Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park

Dickey Flat Campsite

Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park

South IslandWest Coast

Ottos/ MacDonalds
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North IslandNorthland

Maitai Bay summer fun!!

Maitai Bay Campsite

Karikari Peninsula

Maitai Bay Campsite

Karikari Peninsula

DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

South IslandFiordland

Kiosk Creek Campsite - It's banger on a good day

South IslandWest Coast

Goldsborough

North IslandCoromandel

Catleys Campsite

Kauaeranga Valley

Catleys Campsite

Kauaeranga Valley

CAMP OPENS FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER

South IslandCanterbury

Waihi Gorge Camping Ground
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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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South IslandNelson Region

Cannon Downs Camping Ground

Canaan Downs Campsite

Canaan Downs Scenic Reserve

Canaan Downs Campsite

Canaan Downs Scenic Reserve

Remote DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

North IslandNorthland

Tapotupotu Bay

Tapotupotu Campsite

Aupouri Peninsula, Cape Reinga

Tapotupotu Campsite

Aupouri Peninsula, Cape Reinga

DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

North IslandWairarapa

Kiriwhakapapa Camping Ground - Tararua Forest Park

South IslandFiordland

Totara Camping Ground

Totara Campsite

Milford Rd

Totara Campsite

Milford Rd

North IslandTairāwhiti Gisborne

Mokau Landing Camping Ground