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No special effects that colour is real

The Pines - Lake Pukaki Freedom Camping - Hayman Road

Freedom Camping on the side of Lake Pukaki

South IslandMount Cook - MacKenzieTwizel

It doesn't get much more amazing... Lake Pukaki
Edward Baigent Reserve

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A great spot right on the beach.
Doc Visitor centre and Carpark
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Rays Rest - Beachfront Freedom Camping
Wairau Diversion is a worth a diversion.
Waikanae River Mouth. Top freedom camping!

Traveller Tip

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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

The ponds from above
Great waves to be found here

Meatworks Beachfront - Kaikoura Freedom Camping

Freedom Camping on the doorstep of the Pacific Ocean

South IslandKaikoura RegionKaikoura

Camping cosyness

Waikawa Recreation Reserve - Overnight Campervan Parking

Waikawa Recreation Reserve is A-OK for overnight free-camping

South IslandSouthlandOwaka

North Beach, Westport - Overnight Campervan Parking

Beachfront Freedom Camping for Self Contained Vehicles only

South IslandWest CoastWestport

Lowburn Harbour - Overnight Campervan Parking

Self-contained campers only

South IslandCentral OtagoCromwell

Waterfront Camping. Nice!

Owhiro Bay, Wellington - Overnight Campervan Parking

Beachfront Freedom Camping away from the city

North IslandWellington RegionWellington