New Zealand is the youngest country on earth - the last major landmass to be discovered. It has a rich and fascinating history, reflecting both our Maori and European heritage. Amazing Maori historic sites and taonga (treasures), some dating back almost a thousand years, are a contrast to many beautiful colonial buildings. New Zealand today is a culturally diverse and fascinating country.
Frredom Camping in New Zealand
Freedom Camping in New Zealand.
New Zealand is a beautiful country. Help keep our towns, cities, parks, beaches and native bush free from pollution and waste. Please also respect our unique flora and fauna. Be active and get involved in caring for the environment. It is everyone’s responsibility.

Freedom camping is permitted in many places in New Zealand but the rules vary in each community. Signs will usually indicate where you are not allowed to camp. To be certain about local camping guidelines, we recommend you ask at an i-SITE information centre, Department of Conservation visitor centre or holiday park before you stop for the night. Or download a New Zealand camping app.

In the spirit of Kaitiakitanga (guardianship) we ask that you become familiar with the information in this section and plan a holiday committed to leaving no trace of your trip for the collective benefit of current and future generations. ‘Camping Responsibly’ is not using the side of the road or the bush as a toilet – please use onboard or public facilities.

  Fully Self Contained **Non Self Contained
1. Holiday Parks YES YES
2. Department of Conservation (DOC) Campsites YES YES
3. Designatet Camping Sites with a Toilet. YES YES
4. Designatet Camping Sites without a Toilet. YES NO
** Non self contained means no toilet, no shower and no grey water storage.
If in Doubt, Ask Here!
If in doubt about where to camp, assume nothing, always ask one of the following agencies, they are available to help you make the right decisions. Keep a look out for their logos.
i-Site Visitor Information
Department of Conservation
Holiday Parks Association

Places to Stay in New Zealand
Holiday Parks in New Zealand
Holiday parks in NZ offer a wide variety of accommodation options, from camping sites through to self-contained motels and cabins. They are well known as providing the iconic New Zealand holiday experience.
Holiday Parks
Department of Conservation Camps in New Zealand
DOC manages over 250 vehicle-accessible camping areas on conservation land. Discover their locations and facilities provided.
Campervans are very welcome at most or our new Zealand Conservation Campsites.

DOC Camps
Rankers Online Guide to Every NZ Campsite
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Rankers Online Guide