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Camping In New Zealand

New Zealand has a huge selection of camping areas, ensuring a wide range of possibilities are open to you on your camping or campervan hire New Zealand holiday.

Finding the right place to stay usually involves a lot of planning, so to make things just that little bit easier, we have narrowed it down to the country's best camping sites for you to pick and choose from.

Happy Camping!

1. Otamure Bay (Whananaki) Campsite

Offering approximately 100 sites, the Otamure Bay campsite is a popular spot to relax by the bay and partake in seaside activities like fishing, swimming and diving.

Camp right by the sea and enjoy the turquoise waters under the shade of a large pohutukawa. Ideal for families, this campsite is sure to be a winner.

Cost: $9 per adult/ night.

2. Fantail Bay Campsite (44 km north of Coromandel)

Also nestled beneath the shade of the pohutakawa trees lies the Fantail Bay campsite. This peaceful campground is in an ideal position, close to Coromandel and offering short walks, fishing, diving and swimming.

Cost: $9 per adult/ night.

3. Lake Tarawera Outlet Campsite

Camp by the lake in this attractive camp ground and enjoy a close proximity to Tarawere Landing, The Orchard, Humphery's Bay and Hot Water Beach.

Other great features of the campsite include the easily accessible boat ramp, the jetty and a shelter for cooking.

Cost: $7 per adult/ night.

4. Boundary Creek Conservation Campsite, Wanaka

This is the perfect place to relax by the shores of Lake Wanaka. Set up a tent here and enjoy the close proximity to activities such as motor boating, water skiing and fishing.

Your tranquil surrounds will make you feel at peace and relax and rejuvenate you.

Cost: $6 per adult/ night.

5. White Horse Hill Campsite

Situated within the beautiful Aoraki/ Mount Cook National Park, this fantastic campsite is the ideal place to enjoy stunning mountain surrounds.

Embark on some of the many walks from the valley floor to the mountain tops, all while enjoying the breathtaking alpine scenery.

Cost: $6 per adult/ night.

6. Anaura Bay Conservation campsite, Gisborne

This is a great campsite as it allows you to camp next to a beach and alongside a beautiful stream. Nestled in a tranquil bush setting, popular pass times around this area include swimming, water sports and bush walking.

Cost: $15 per adult/ night.

7. Monowai Campsite, Murihiku

Set in the unfortgettable Fiordland National Park, this campsite is positioned right beside Lake Monowai. Set up your tent and explore the tracks to Rodger Inlet and the Green Lake huts, before you spend an afternoon fishing and boating.

8. Holdsworth Campsite, Wairarapa

Part of the Tararua Forest Park, this campsite is idyllically set beneath the Tararua Ranges. Although there are around 150 tent sites here, the area remains quiet and peaceful, making it the ideal getaway destination for a weekend for two.

Cost: $6 per adult/ night.

9. Akapoua Bay Campsite, Great Barrier Area

Located at Port Fitzroy, Great Barrier Island, this is a lovely seaside camp site, popular with families and nature lovers. Known as the "Gateway to the Track Network", this is the perfect place to visit if you are keen to embark of some fantastic bush walks.

Cost: $9 per adult/ night.

10. Whakapap Motorcamp

A little different from the previous campsites, Whakapapa Motorcamp is nestled in the Tongariro National Park, which is New Zealand's oldest.

With the option to camping amongst a beech forest or beside a stream, this camp ground is perfect for those who are looking for a well-equipped, though quiet place to camp.

Cost: $10 per adult/ night.

Christine Barton