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Types of camping in New Zealand

New Zealand is the country of campsites, here you’ll find a quality infrastructure to enable you to spend a comfortable night in your motorhome.

See below for an overview of the various possibilities for your stay.


Okay2stay is a unique taste and travel experience for motorhome travellers who want to enjoy New Zealand’s award-winning food and wine.  Small local producers such as vineyards, olive growers, artisan cheesemakers, boutique breweries, berry and lavender growers and many more, welcome you to park overnight on their properties - safely, legally and free of charge. There are over a hundred hosts to choose from throughout NZ.
On sign-up, you will be sent your personal login details for full access to the Okay2stay website with host details including photos, online on your tablet, smartphone or laptop. Custom maps make it easy to sort and ‘favourite’ hosts as well as to save details to PDF for viewing offline. Seek out and plan your own ‘real food’ adventure with Okay2stay. Note ; Only vehicles with shower and toilet in the vehicle are able to use the membership.

Membership just $45 - click here to join



Camping DOC

DOC is the Department of Conservation in New Zealand. They offer basic campsites (often just a shower and toilet) but located in national parks. Prices vary depending on the campsite, they can be from NZ$0 to NZ$20. Often you’re asked to make a small donation in the form of a payment in a "honesty box" (box at the entrance of the park where you make your donation.)


DOC Campsite Pass

The DOC campsite Pass is being reviewed by the DOC. HOpefully we ll be able to offer it to you soon.

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Kiwis Holiday Parks and Top10

Kiwi Holiday Parks and Top10 are chains of conventional campsites (over 100 across the country). TheTop10 campsites offer very high quality amenities with a very good infrastructure (between 4 and 5 stars). You will often find games facilities and a pool, ...

Ideal for families, at these campsites you can enjoy electricity in your motorhome (for DVDs, microwave, ...) for maximum comfort.

Kiwi  Holiday Parks are a little less luxurious (between 3 and 4 stars), very well equipped, but lacking in certain comforts.
With DetourNZ, you can buy a Kiwi Holiday Park card for $30 and use it throughout your trip to receive 10% discount on every Kiwi Holiday Parks you stay in.


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Freedom Camping

The law is more strict regarding freedom camping. Campers are no longer entitled to freedom camp and bans are becoming more numerous.

However, freedom camping remains okay with your self contained motorhome (eg you have a toilet and shower in your vehicle). Just make sure as their are still some restricted areas but these will be sign posted. Download the campermate app if you need these while you are on the road.

You can easily find beautiful small remote areas to spend your night beside a lake or near a mountain. A pleasure in its purest form!

However, we ask you to take all your rubbish with you if you are camping. New Zealand is a clean green country and it would be nice we all respect that, thank you in advance.

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