Camping in New Zealand
We’ve stayed at a lot of New Zealand camping sites during our campervan holidays in New Zealand. And we firmly believe that New Zealand offers the best camping experience in the world. Imagine: every evening, after enjoying a whole day of the New Zealand countryside and some of the various attractions New Zealand has to offer, you arrive at a clean, well equipped camping site. There you relax, have a drink, prepare your evening meal in your campervan or in the communal kitchen (most of the New Zealand camping sites have a communal kitchen, with freezers, fridges, microwaves and ovens for free use!), and have a chat with your fellow campervanners. Doesn’t that sound like a wonderful camping experience?
New Zealand offers a variety of different camping sites and camping experiences. You have four main options:
- Commercial camping grounds
- Department of Conservation campsites or camping sites run by local councils
- Native Parks
- Freedom camping
New Zealand Camping Tips
- The best camping guide we’ve come across is the New Zealand camping guide by Gay Kerr. There’s a North island and a South Island edition. The guide offers short descriptions of almost all New Zealand camping sites: commercial sites, sites managed by DOC (Department of Conservation) and sites managed by local authorities. They are for sale in bookshops, as well as through the Internet.
- For a totally different camping experience, we’d recommend Native Parks, a network of rural properties and businesses throughout New Zealand. As a Native Parks member you are allowed to stay overnight, meet the people and experience these private properties first hand.
- You can download guides of the DOC camping sites for free from the DOC website.
- Wilderness Motorhomes also has a good guide to Camping in New Zealand.