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

Skippers township

North IslandOut East

Kaiaua Beach

Freedom Camping

Kaiaua Beach

Freedom Camping

South IslandMarlborough

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 IslandAuckland Region

Home Bay - Motutapu Island Recreation Reserve

Home Bay, Motutapu Island Campsite

Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

Home Bay, Motutapu Island Campsite

Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

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South IslandMarlborough

Harvey Bay Camping Ground

Harvey Bay Campsite

Tennyson Inlet

Harvey Bay Campsite

Tennyson Inlet

North IslandAuckland Region

Tents only. No campervans or caravans.

South IslandCanterbury

South IslandWest Coast

Slab Hut Creek Camping Ground

North IslandAuckland Region

Walking accessed campsite near Huia, in the Waitakere area.

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North IslandAuckland Region

Motuihe Island Recreation Reserve

Motuihe (Island) Campsite

Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

Motuihe (Island) Campsite

Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

South IslandMarlborough

Madsen's Camp

Queen Charlotte Sound

Madsen's Camp

Queen Charlotte Sound

Campsites with a view.

South IslandMarlborough

Moetapu Bay Camping Ground

Camping only - Not suitable for Motorhomes or Caravans

North IslandWairarapa

Holdsworth Camping Ground - Tararua Forest Park

South IslandMarlborough

Cannibal Cove Camping Ground

Cannibal Cove Campsite

Queen Charlotte Sound

Cannibal Cove Campsite

Queen Charlotte Sound

Boat access only

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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

Ngaruru Camping Ground as spotted from the sea.

Ngaruru Bay campsite

Queen Charlotte Sound

Ngaruru Bay campsite

Queen Charlotte Sound

Boat access only

South IslandWest Coast

North IslandRotorua Region

Brett Road - Rerewhakaaitu Recreation Reserve

South IslandCanterbury

Boyle Campsite

Lake Sumner Forest Park

Boyle Campsite

Lake Sumner Forest Park

South IslandCanterbury

Orari Gorge Camping Ground