Freedom Camping

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Freedom Camping

Expect no facilities. Generally for self contained vehicles only. Check our notes for details.

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South IslandQueenstown Region

Chinamans Bluff

Mount / Mt Aspiring National Park - Overnight Campervan Parking

Chinamans Bluff

Mount / Mt Aspiring National Park - Overnight Campervan Parking

North IslandWaikato

Jim Barnett Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

Jim Barnett Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzie

No special effects that colour is real

The Pines

Lake Pukaki Overnight Campervan Parking - Hayman Road

The Pines

Lake Pukaki Overnight Campervan Parking - Hayman Road

Self Contained Vehicles Only in Lake Pukaki

South IslandSouthland

Lumsden Information Centre

Overnight Campervan Parking

Lumsden Information Centre

Overnight Campervan Parking

South IslandQueenstown Region

Glacier Burn Carpark

Overnight Campervan Parking

Glacier Burn Carpark

Overnight Campervan Parking

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North IslandTairāwhiti Gisborne

Open grassy area and toilet.

Opoutama Beach Reserve, Mahia

Freedom Camping Site

Opoutama Beach Reserve, Mahia

Freedom Camping Site

Freedom Camp right next to Opoutama Beach

North IslandWellington Region

Waimea Road Carpark

Waimea Road Beach Carpark

Overnight Campervan Parking

Waimea Road Beach Carpark

Overnight Campervan Parking

North IslandWaikato

No Frills Freedom Camping

North IslandBay of Plenty

View of harbour from campsite

Port Ohope Boat Ramp

Overnight Campervan Parking

Port Ohope Boat Ramp

Overnight Campervan Parking

This one is a goody

South IslandKaikoura Region

Jimmy Armers Beach, Kaikoura

Overnight Campervan Parking

Jimmy Armers Beach, Kaikoura

Overnight Campervan Parking

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North IslandNorthland

Kowharewa Bay

Overnight Campervan Parking

Kowharewa Bay

Overnight Campervan Parking

Absolutely no tents are allowed

North IslandCoromandel

South End Reserves, Pauanui

Overnight Campervan Parking

South End Reserves, Pauanui

Overnight Campervan Parking

North IslandCoromandel

Waipatukahu Point Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

Waipatukahu Point Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

North IslandBay of Plenty

Freedom camping for self-contained campers at Dotterel Point in Puekehina

North IslandCoromandel

Little Waikawau Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

Little Waikawau Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

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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 IslandMount Cook - MacKenzie

Just past the bridge

South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzie

It doesn't get much more amazing... Lake Pukaki

Self Contained Vehicles only are allowed along the whole of Lake Pukaki.

North IslandTaupo Region

Hinemaiaia Reserve Carparks

Overnight Campervan Parking

Hinemaiaia Reserve Carparks

Overnight Campervan Parking

North IslandCoromandel

Onemana Beach Reserves

Onemana, Overnight Campervan Parking

Onemana Beach Reserves

Onemana, Overnight Campervan Parking

South IslandCanterbury

Duvauchelle

Overnight Campervan Parking

Duvauchelle

Overnight Campervan Parking