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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South IslandKaikoura Region

Cobb Cottage Camping Ground

Molesworth Cob Cottage Campsite

Camping, Molesworth Station

Molesworth Cob Cottage Campsite

Camping, Molesworth Station

Camp near the original cob homestead built in 1885 close to the Molesworth Farm Park boundary

North IslandTairāwhiti Gisborne

(Te tōpuni ki te Tāhuna o Kaiaua)

Kaiaua Beach

Freedom Camping

(Te tōpuni ki te Tāhuna o Kaiaua)

Kaiaua Beach

Freedom Camping

North IslandTairāwhiti Gisborne

Tokomaru Bay

(Te tōpuni ki Tokomaru Ākau)

Tokomaru Bay

Freedom Camping

(Te tōpuni ki Tokomaru Ākau)

Tokomaru Bay

Freedom Camping

Open every summer between Labour Weekend and Easter

South IslandQueenstown Region

Skippers township

South IslandCentral Otago

Homestead Camping Ground

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North IslandRuapehu

North IslandWairarapa

Holdsworth Camping Ground - Tararua Forest Park

North IslandManawatu - Wanganui

Totara Reserve - Camping

North IslandNorthland

Urupukapuka Bay campsite

Urupukapuka Bay Campsite

Urupukapuka Island

Urupukapuka Bay Campsite

Urupukapuka Island

Boat access only

South IslandNelson Region

Camp next to the river at the head of the reservoir.
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North IslandCoromandel

Fletcher Bay Camping Ground

Fletcher Bay Campsite

Northern Coromandel

Fletcher Bay Campsite

Northern Coromandel

North IslandBay of Plenty

Sanctuary Camping Ground

Sanctuary Campsite

Minginui Conservation Area

Sanctuary Campsite

Minginui Conservation Area

South IslandCanterbury

Boyle Campsite

Lake Sumner Forest Park

Boyle Campsite

Lake Sumner Forest Park

North IslandCoromandel

Waikawau Bay Campsite

Northern Coromandel

Waikawau Bay Campsite

Northern Coromandel

South IslandCanterbury

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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 IslandManawatu - Wanganui

The southern camping area when it's very busy.

(Putai Ngahere)

Vinegar Hill Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

(Putai Ngahere)

Vinegar Hill Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

One of the district's most popular and well-used picnic and camping reserves.

South IslandNelson Region

Kina Beach

South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzie

Lake Middleton

South IslandKaikoura Region

South IslandCanterbury

Acheron Accommodation House

Acheron Accomodation House Campsite

Molesworth Station - Hanmer

Acheron Accomodation House Campsite

Molesworth Station - Hanmer