Camping in New Zealand

New Zealand offers a choice of great places to park up your motorhome!

New Zealand is one of the most famous countries for camping. While some places might be free to stay, they do carry responsibility. You need to take away your waste and ensure you leave the site clean and tidy for the next lot of campers.  Find out where you can dump your waste here.

Sometimes there is some confusion about camping rules in New Zealand. The Freedom Camping Website provides all the information you need about camping in New Zealand, including: types of campsites, locations and general rules.

There are several camping apps which support you to find camping areas all around the country. Check out CamperMate, Rankers Camping NZ, or Campable

Freedom Camping

Holiday Parks and Campsites

If you are wanting a bit of an adventure try parking up your campervan on public land! Often these freedom camping spots will have you sleeping at some of New Zealand’s most amazing landscapes you will never want to leave! You aren’t allowed to camp wherever you like and if you camp at places where it is forbidden, you could get a significant fine. Rules vary from region to region and also it changes between the different seasons. You can only freedom camp if your campervan is certified self-contained.

There are heaps of different holiday parks, Department of Conservation campsites and other designated camping areas.

Holiday Parks and campgrounds are equipped with shared toilet and shower facilities, kitchen and often TV rooms, playgrounds and much more. You can also choose between a powered or non-powered sites. For the motorhomes and campervans it is always recommended that you take a powered site, so you can recharge the house battery of the car.

There is a small charge to stay at campgrounds and Holiday Parks.

Park on private land with CAMPABLE

If you are after a ‘different kind of experience’ then check out Campable. Campable gives Euro Campers travellers access to unique and private properties throughout New Zealand.  From Vineyards, Waterside properties, Farms, Resorts and Sports Clubs – you certainly won’t be disappointed with this selection.

  • Stay on private property
  • Unique and luxury sites
  • Trusted hosts
  • Book with ease

Download Campable on your phone to gain instant access to unique and private campervan sites. Download here. Get a $5 Discount – Using the Campable App, add promo code RIDE and get a $5 discount on the next campable site you book.

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