For a totally different camping experience, we’d recommend Native Parks, a network of nearly 100 rural properties and businesses throughout New Zealand. Once you join up as a Native Parks member you are allowed to stay overnight on their properties for free. Membership is not expensive and it’s definitely worth considering if you prefer to stay off the beaten track. The next best thing to freedom camping, Native Parks membership is a great way to meet the locals and see a bit of the countryside too.
As these are rural properties, facilities are limited. Native Parks membership is only available to people travelling in fully self-contained campervans and motorhomes.