Commercial camping grounds and holiday parks in NZ
Commercial camping grounds in New Zealand are also called Holiday Parks or campgrounds. New Zealand is known for having some of the world’s best-equipped and well-situated holiday parks. They’re clean, well-equipped, secure, and a great way to meet other international travellers (they’re also popular with the locals). Most commercial campgrounds are in attractive settings, often next to a beach, lake or other beautiful spot. Some, such as the Orewa Beach Top 10 Holiday Park, are right on the beach and offer spectacular views as well as plenty of facilities.
Amenities vary between campgrounds, but at a typical New Zealand campground you’ll find 240V mains powered sites, fresh water access, dump station, picnic tables and BBQ facilities, communal kitchen, bathroom/shower and laundry, internet access, a TV lounge and/or games room, and some sort of playground area for the kids. Some even feature heated pools, retail and dining options and boat or bike hire.
There are around 400 commercial camping grounds in New Zealand. About three quarters of these are members of HAPNZ (the Holiday Parks Association of New Zealand).
Top 10 Holiday Parks have a network of mostly 4 or 5 star holiday parks at over 50 locations around New Zealand. They offer a membership option which can save you money if you’re likely to stay at several of their properties.
The Family Parks network of holiday parks has over 20 campgrounds throughout New Zealand (they are in Australia as well). Their parks are relaxed, family friendly 3 star parks that provide good value. They also have a membership programme offering discounts for stays at multiple parks.
There are many other holiday parks throughout New Zealand that aren’t affiliated to any particular network. We recommend you check out their online reviews to find the best ones. New Zealand travel review website Rankers has a fantastic section on Camping Grounds. It’s also worth visiting a campground’s website to check their Qualmark rating.
DOC and Council camping grounds
Department of Conservation campsites
The Department of Conservation (DOC) manages campsites throughout New Zealand, in some of the most beautiful spots. Around 200 of these campgrounds are vehicle accessible. There are several categories of DOC camping sites: only the serviced and (most of the) standard sites are suitable for campervanners. DOC campsites offer a range of facilities but are by and large more basic than commercial campgrounds.
Free maps and brochures of DOC campsites are available for you to download from the DOC website.
There are around 100 camping grounds in New Zealand which are run by local councils (such as the Auckland Regional Council). Some are only open at certain times of the year so Not all camping sites are open year round, so if you’re planning a camper van holiday in winter, check in advance. Here is a list of local councils in New Zealand.