Where To Camp - Campervan Hire New Zealand
Holiday Parks & Campgrounds
You will find at least one campervan park in most towns.
The cost per night varies from NZ$20 to NZ$50+.
There are powered sites available at most parks. A powered site allows you to plug-in your vehicle’s 240V mains power cable to recharge your house batteries and work the microwave, electric heating, power points and any other electrical appliances in your campervan hire vehicle.
Holiday Parks vary in quality and facilities. High quality parks feature good shower & toilet facilities, laundry facilities, TV lounge, communal kitchen, internet, bar, hot pools and more.
It generally isn’t a problem to find a vacant site. And if one holiday park is fully booked there is usually another campsite close-by. But you can pre-book specific park sites in advance if you prefer to plan ahead.
You will receive maps and information about campervan parks on pick-up of your vehicle. If you have any queries or require some assistance – Contact Us!
Camping In The Wild
Camping in the wild is fantastic – as long as you stick to some basic rules.
CAMPING CARE CODE
Be a careful camper and practice ‘no trace’ camping.
1. Choose your campsite carefully; Only camp in designated areas. Please do not camp where camping is not permitted.
2. Be tidy and always leave campsites clean. Take your rubbish with you if bins are not provided. Food scraps attract vermin.
3. Use a cooker, fireplace or BBQ. Light fires only where permitted, collect dead wood and keep the fire small. Soak the fire with water before you go.
4. Detergents, soap and toothpaste can harm aquatic and marine life. Use biodegradable products and wash in a container well away from the water.
5. Always use toilets provided. There are toilets at all DOC campsites. When camping elsewhere follow the environmental care guidance.
6. Motorhome or campervan users - please always dispose of waste at official dump stations. If you don't have a toilet onboard, please camp where there are toilet facilities. Do not dispose of waste in public places.
7. Campgrounds are social places but everyone needs some rest and relaxation. Please respect the rights of others for quiet enjoyment of the outdoors.
8. Pay your fees to help keep campsites available in the future.
9. Always thoroughly clean your equipment before and after trips to minimise spreading weeds and diseases.
10. Protect native plants and animals.
"Toitu te whenua" - Leave the land undisturbed
We highly recommend DOC (Department of Conservation) campsites.
Located in some of the most beautiful areas, these campsites usually don’t have an on-site manager and are operated on a trust basis. Make sure you pay the required camp fees in the fee boxes provided at DOC sites.
Fees range from NZ$Nil to NZ$19 per person and per night. The amount depends on the category of the campsite.
There are usually no dump stations at DOC sites – so make sure you empty your waste water tank before heading to a DOC site. Plan ahead.
Your vehicle must be certified self-contained (toilet & shower). If you do not have a toilet on board, make sure you camp somewhere with a public toilet facility! Please do not use the bush or waterways as a toilet! This can affect the local flora and fauna immensely! Keep New Zealand beautiful!
Watch the signs as there are parts of the country where it is strictly prohibited to camp outside of dedicated campgrounds. If you still decide to freedom camp in those areas you can be sure to be woken by an unfriendly Enforcement Officer in the middle of the night. Been there – done it. It’s not worth it.
Possibilities for freedom camping vary between regions and we highly recommend to check the camping situation with the local council or visitor center (i-Site).
Be aware of your location and surroundings. Most paddocks, fields, reserves and farmlands are privately owned. Check with the locals and make sure to get permission from owners if you park on their private land.
Never leave any rubbish behind and respect the Camping Care Code!
If you are unsure about your camping – Talk to us!