Camping in New Zealand

In this article, I would be talking about 'Camping in Newzealand'. This will give you enough information about camping tours, motor vehicles & campervans, rules & regulations for a tourist to follow and so on.

New Zealand is known for its outdoor beauty and stunning landscapes and just imagine you as a tourist camping camping in Newzealand which is abundantly blessed with nature. Leave your hotel rooms and luxury accommodations and venture out in the wild under a canvas. Spend some magnificent nights gazing the stars and be amazed with the overall experience.

Camping is not just sitting around a campfire and enjoying the silence. It is much beyond enjoying the moment. With the sounds of birds chirping, gushing waterfalls and shooshing waves camping is really fun. In New Zealand, there are thousands of campsites spread across the North & South Islands. You can either go tenting to one of the national parks or be with the locals around the coast. If you camp near a local village, talk to them and have a friendly attitude. In return, you may get access to some of the spectacular, unspoilt paradise places.

Holiday Parks & Campgrounds – Holiday Parks are those parks that offers full amenities and access that are required by you. It ranges from tents to caravans, basic cabin, campervans and other accessories. So there are two options here, either you go for powered site or non-powered site. This is only when you're planning to install or setup a camp/motorhome. You don't have to worry about the basic accessibility offered as shared kitchen and washroom facilities are always available. Most of the tourists are fond of holiday parks because they provide heated swimming pools, garden play area, trampolines and barbecues. So all just facilities are offered for a tourist according to their requirements. Often this holiday parks are installed near a beach or a lake so that there is no compromise on terms of beauty.

Responsible freedom Camping – The name says it all. It is free for New Zealand visitors but not free in terms of responsibility. It can be a great choice for all tourists but it comes with certain rules and regulations. So the meaning of responsible freedom camping is that you can tent anywhere – public land, motor vehicle or campervan but with minimal or no facilities of washroom, toilets or basic accessibility. New Zealand is known for its landscapes & outdoor beauty and so to maintain such kind of environment, you are expected to be a responsible tourist. So as a freedom camper, you have to ensure that there is minimal waste of resources and the surrounding is clean & tidy. There should be less impact on the area in order to preserve the sustainability. It is expected by each and every traveller who then visits here as a responsible freedom camper.

At present, in New Zealand, there are around 500 responsible freedom camping sites spread across the North & South Islands. Each and every campsite follows certain rules & regulations and they are as follows –

  1. You are not permitted or given access to camp on private property.

  2. The travellers should look after their own toilets and waste systems. They should only carry fresh water.

  3. As a responsible freedom camper, you are not allowed to leave any of the waste/litter behind.

  4. If any of the rules are not followed, he/she can be charged with hefty fines.

Motorhomes – Motorhomes or Campervans can be the best choice for a comfortable accommodation. It is really a good option for flexibility while driving down to your destination.
There is nothing like motorhomes which gives you the ultimate road-journey experience of your life. Each and every day is new for you, with different destinations, different backdrops, various beaches or lakes and so on. You can actually travel the whole country or any of the Islands by yourself. Park your van to one of the destinations where you like and spend a day to cherish the experience of it. You can easily find a holiday park or a camping site overnight with accessible bathrooms & toilets. There are also vineyards & farms where you can park your van for free at their property. So enjoy and cherish some of the world-class food produce and wine at their park itself.

About Campervans, they are easily available at one of the centres in New Zealand. There is no need to worry for the travellers as companies do provide packages that includes pickups & drops. Rates may vary as it depends entirely on the season. If you're planning to travel New Zealand in summer or autumn, pre-book your motorhome so that you can find the best deal.


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