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 IslandCanterbury

Winchester Bridge

Overnight Campervan Parking

Winchester Bridge

Overnight Campervan Parking

North IslandHawkes Bay

Clive Ski Reserve - Freedom Camping

Clive Ski Reserve

Freedom Camping

Clive Ski Reserve

Freedom Camping

North IslandNorthland

Kowharewa Bay

Overnight Campervan Parking

Kowharewa Bay

Overnight Campervan Parking

Absolutely no tents are allowed

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North IslandTaupo Region

Hinemaiaia Reserve Carparks

Overnight Campervan Parking

Hinemaiaia Reserve Carparks

Overnight Campervan Parking

North IslandWairarapa

Not a huge carpark, but what a location:)

Castlepoint Carpark

Castlepoint Scenic Reserve - Overnight Campervan Parking

Castlepoint Carpark

Castlepoint Scenic Reserve - Overnight Campervan Parking

One of the most spectacular sites along the Wairarapa coastline!

North IslandHawkes Bay

Balls Clearing Roadend Carpark

Balls Clearing Scenic Reserve - Overnight Campervan Parking

Balls Clearing Roadend Carpark

Balls Clearing Scenic Reserve - Overnight Campervan Parking

This reserve is the best place in Hawke’s Bay to experience a lowland podocarp forest.

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North IslandTaranaki

We are a pest free sanctuary. We have spent millions of dollars and hours eradicating mice, rats, stoats, weasels and possums from inside the...

North IslandWellington Region

Waikanae River Mouth. Top freedom camping!

Waikanae River Mouth

Overnight Campervan Parking

Waikanae River Mouth

Overnight Campervan Parking

South IslandMarlborough

The view across the bay

Ohingaroa, Kenepuru Sounds

Overnight Campervan Parking

Ohingaroa, Kenepuru Sounds

Overnight Campervan Parking

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North IslandWaikato

Te Kauwhata Domain

Overnight Campervan Parking

Te Kauwhata Domain

Overnight Campervan Parking

North IslandWellington Region

Owhiro Bay, Wellington

Overnight Campervan Parking

Owhiro Bay, Wellington

Overnight Campervan Parking

Beachfront Freedom Camping away from the city

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.

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North IslandCoromandel

Tararu Beachfront North Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

Tararu Beachfront North Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

North IslandWaikato

North IslandCoromandel

Tui Terrace and Wharf Road, Tairua

Overnight Freedom Parking

Tui Terrace and Wharf Road, Tairua

Overnight Freedom Parking

Maxiumum 2 parks for 2 nights. Self Contained Campers Only.

North IslandBay of Plenty

Island View Esplanade Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

Island View Esplanade Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

Free-camping at Island View Esplanade Reserve on Tuna Ave, Waihi Beach

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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 IslandCoromandel

Little Bay Recreational Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

Little Bay Recreational Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

North IslandCoromandel

Omara Boat Ramp Reserve

Matarangi, Overnight Campervan Parking

Omara Boat Ramp Reserve

Matarangi, Overnight Campervan Parking

North IslandWaikato

North IslandOut East

Makorori Carpark, Gisborne

Overnight Campervan Parking

Makorori Carpark, Gisborne

Overnight Campervan Parking