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 IslandQueenstown Region

Moke Lake Camping Ground

DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

North IslandCoromandel

CAMP OPENS FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER

North IslandTairāwhiti Gisborne

Orangihikoia Camping Ground

North IslandCoromandel

Waikawau Bay Recreation Reserve

Waikawau Bay Campsite

Northern Coromandel

Waikawau Bay Campsite

Northern Coromandel

North IslandManawatu - Wanganui

Grassy area surrounded by native bush and a stream.

Anzac Park

Norsewood

Anzac Park

Norsewood

Avoid Camping Fines!

Each camping location is approved by a regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

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North IslandHawkes Bay

Beachside free camping at Te Paerahi Beach

North IslandWaikato

North IslandCoromandel

Port Jackson Recreation Reserve

Port Jackson Campsite

Northern Coromandel

Port Jackson Campsite

Northern Coromandel

North IslandWaikato

Free camping on the Mangakino Recreation reserve on the shore of Lake Maraetai.

South IslandMarlborough

Blumine Island Camping Ground

Boat / Sea kayak access only

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South IslandWanaka Region

South IslandSouthland

Fishing at Tawanui Camping Ground

Tawanui Campsite

Catlins Coast

Tawanui Campsite

Catlins Coast

South IslandCanterbury

O'Neils Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

O'Neils Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

South IslandNelson Region

Chill out at the Coldwater Stream Campsite

South IslandCanterbury

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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

Elaine Bay Campsite

Tennyson Inlet

Elaine Bay Campsite

Tennyson Inlet

North IslandNorthland

North IslandWaikato

Small reserve along the Waikato river with boat access, playground and public toilet

North IslandNorthland

Cable Bay Campsite

Urupukapuka Island

Cable Bay Campsite

Urupukapuka Island

North IslandWairarapa

Corner Creek Camping Ground

Corner Creek Campsite

Rimutaka Forest Park

Corner Creek Campsite

Rimutaka Forest Park