Here are our recommendations for campsites that had the greatest impact on our DetourNZ staff while travelling in a motorhome throughout New Zealand.
We review each region or major city presenting the campsites that we liked the most.
Check their locations on our camping map.
Curio Bay Camping Ground
DOC Campsite Curio Bay offers a magnificent view of the south coast of the Isle of Jade. By the sea, the site offers the basic facilities. Do not expect to find a pool and a TV room as the view and location of this camp is all TV channels you would need. The sea of sight to wake up to in the morning, cliffs left and right and visits from some marine animals. Curio Bay is known for its surfing beaches and for Hector dolphins who regularly play with the surfers. The terrain offers 75 tent pitches without electricity and 25 sites with power and a dump station. Kitchen and laundry facilities available.
Address : 601 Waikawa-Curio Bay Rd, Tokanui 9884
Telephone : 03-246 8897
Price : starts from $11 - $20 per night / per person
Invercargill Top 10 Holiday Park
The southern tip of New Zealand is home to many wonders and deserves to be discovered. Located at the southernmost point of New Zealand is the Invercargill Top 10 Holiday Park. The sites are located a few meters from the sea and will seduce you to stay more than one night.
Quiet and discreet you can easily enjoy its many facilities such as its modern kitchen, the laundry machine for $2, the TV room or its barbecue and pizza oven. If you need to change the water in your vehicle, a dump station is available for free at the campground entrance.
For activities, we recommend a drive to visit the famous yellow sign with the cities of the world signposted. Enjoy the amazing view from the cliffs and try to find the beautiful sea coves...
Address : Invercargill Top 10 Holiday Park,
77 McIvor Road, RD 6, Invercargill
Freephone: 0800 486 873 (NZ only)
Ph: +64 3 215 9032
Price: $ 20 per person per night - Site with electricity
DOC campsite - Cascade Creek Fiordland
Your tour of New Zealand would not be complete without a visit to the region of the fjords in the south-western tip of the South Island. In the middle of Fiordland National Park is a campground managed by the Department of Conservation, the Cascade Creek campsite.
Arriving late in the afternoon, you can enjoy a wonderful view of the mountains and fjords. On site, you get basic facilities such as toilets, barbecue and picnic tables. A stream runs through the middle of the camp. You can also enjoy outdoor activities such as fishing, or a one-hour walk that will take you to the picturesque Lake Gunn. This location is ideal to prolong the experience of a cruise in the fjords, or before reaching the beautiful region of turquoise lakes.
Address : Cascade Creek - DOC Campsite Fiordland,
Adjacent to SH 94, 76 km north of Te Anau
Grid reference: NZTM2000, E1211142-N5016992 Latitude: -44.89420724, Longitude: 168.07529161
Ph: +64 3 249 7924
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Price: $6 per adult per night – non powered site
Te Anau Top Ten Holiday Park
On the edge of the Fjords, this Top Ten is a haven to spend one or more nights. Perfectly equipped campervan sites with and without electricity that feature a variety of facilities: Fully equipped kitchen, laundry, bathroom, TV, Playground and Barbecue. It is a perfect solution to stay and relax before a cruise on the fjords.
Address : Te Anau Top Ten Holiday Park,
128 Te Anau Terrace, Te Anau, NZ
Freephone : 0800 249 746 (NZ only)
Ph: +64 3 249 7462
Email : email@example.com
Price: $22 per person per night – powered site
Queenstown Lake View Holiday Park
In the South Island at the entrance of Fiordland region is the Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park. It is ideal for relaxing after a bungee jump, a hike in the mountains, or a day of skiing in the Southern Alps. This campsite offers more than 100 sites with and without electricity near the stunning view. Staying at this campsite allows you to enjoy Queenstown and enjoy a break from driving.
The campsite offers a wide and spacious modern kitchen, showers and toilets, barbecue grills, laundry facilities, a TV room and a playground for children, internet access and a dump station.
Address : Queenstown Lakeview Holiday Park,
Upper Brecon Street, Queenstown
Ph: +64 3 4427252
Fax: +64 3 4427253
Price: $27.50 per person per night – powered site
Wanaka Lake View Holiday Park
Only 10 minutes walk from the center the Lake Wanaka Lake View Holiday Park is nestled between snow-capped mountains and the small town of Wanaka. A great location to enjoy the lake, the town center with its shops and activities.
Wanaka Lake View Holiday Park offers an ideal location, powered and unpowered spacious sites to accommodate you with your campervan. Good facilities are available, such as showers, kitchen, toilets, barbecues, playground, TV room and internet room. Lake View Holiday Park is perfect for rest time for a night or two.
Address : Wanaka Lakeview Holiday Park,
212 Brownston Street, Wanaka
Ph: +64 3 4437883
Fax: +64 3 4439086
Price: $18 per person per night – powered site.
Franz Josef Top 10 Holiday Park
If you want to relax after a walk on the glaciers, Top 10 Kiwi Holiday Park awaits you just minutes from Franz Joseph glacier. It offers hundreds of sites with and without electricity with many picnic tables, for a picnic lunch in the sun.
Situated off the west coast, this Top 10 holiday park has a variety of outdoor and indoor facilities such as a golf, children's bicycle, a computer room, and a fully equipped kitchen, as well as activities for all ages. Rafting, horse riding, cycling, skydiving, nothing is far away !!
2902 Franz Josef Highway, Franz Josef
Phone: +64 3 752 0735
Website : www.franzjoseftop10.co.nz
Price: $22.50 per person per night – powered site.
Punakaiki Beach Camp
Between the beach and the river and not far from Pancake Rocks, is Punakaiki Beach Camp. This great campsite offers an incredible location close to the sea and cliffs. What better than to have breakfast with your feet in the sand and fall asleep to the sound of the sea. You will find powered and unpowered sites, a shared kitchen, dump station and laundry facilities.
5 Owen Street, Punakaiki.
Phone: +64 3 731 1894
Price: $20 per person per night – powered site
Motueka Top 10 Holiday Park
Your hosts, Steve and Janette are proud to welcome you in their friendly property nature. Immersed in the heart of the most famous park in New Zealand - Abel Tasman National Park, this site offers everything you need for a successful holiday : Shower rooms, kitchen, barbecues, trampoline kitchen, pool, spa and much more. The activities are varied and will delight young and old: wine tours, guided sea taxis, or kayaking suitable for the whole family.
10 Fearon Street, Motueka, New Zealand
Reservations only: 0800 66 88 35
Phone: +64 3 528 7189
Website : www.motuekatop10.co.nz
Price : $20 per person per night – powered site.
Picton Top 10 Holiday Park - Picton
Julie and Roger Kett welcome you to Picton Top 10 for your stay in New Zealand. Very well located in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds and near the Interislander ferry terminal, this site will welcome you and your motorhome, before or after your cruise the Cook Strait.
Ideal for exploring the sounds and partake in water sports such as kayaking, fishing and windsurfing, this campsite offers modern facilities to suit everyone. You can easily relax at the pool, or have a barbecue with friends before hitting the road or the ferry.
78 Waikawa Road, Picton, 7220
Phone: 0800 277 444
Prix: $21 - 24 per person per night – powered site.
Blue Lake Top 10 Holiday Park - Rotorua
If there is one thing the Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park has more than anything - it's space! Find a quiet spot to park up your motor home and let the camping begin! From the park you can admire the picturesque views of the surrounding native bush and the twittering of New Zealand bird life. The Rotorua holiday park is located a short 10 minute drive from the centre of Rotorua, offering the best of both worlds - close to attractions and shops, yet removed from the bustling city environment.
723 Tarawera Road, Blue Lake, Rotorua. Tel: 07 3628120
Website : www.bluelaketop10.co.nz
Price: $25 per person per night – powered site.
Cosy Cottage Thermal Kiwi Holiday Park - Rotorua
There is plenty to keep you relaxed, like the swimming pool and geothermal hot pools, access to the Rotorua lakeshore, where you can dig your own hotpools at the beach. Explore the natural geothermal area around and within the holiday park and meet some of the friendly wildlife that share these grounds with us. All without hearing traffic noise or sulphur smell but within a 20 minute walk to the city.
67 Whittaker Road, Rotorua, 3040. Tel: 07 3483 793
Website : www.cosycottage.co.nz
Price : $24 per person per night – powered site.
Rerewhakaaitu, Brett Road DOC campsite - Rotorua
Camp on the shores of Lake Rerewhakaaitu. Take binoculars for bird watching. There is good fishing, swimming and walking nearby.
Beachhaven Holiday Park - Waihi Beach
Beachaven Kiwi Holiday Park is located on the northern tip of Waihi Beach. A few minutes from the campsite and you're on your towel or in the water enjoying the beautiful beach. Waihi Beach is a great little village that comes alive in the summer. There are many cafes, restaurants and bars.
21 Leo Street, Waihi Beach, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. Tel : +64 7 863 5505
Price : 22NZ$/night per adult, powered site.
Golden Grove Holiday Park - Mount Maunganui, Tauranga
Golden Grove Holiday Park is the ideal campsite for active people and also those who wish to relax in beautiful surroundings. Ideally located, close to the surf beach and "Mount Maunganui", you can go boating, golfing, swimming, fishing, hiking, and shopping, all just minutes from the campsite. It is also an excellent base for exploring the region, Rotorua and Whakatane are just 1h by motorhome.
73 Girven Road, Mt Maunganui, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty. Tel : +64 7
Price : 20NZ$/night per adult, powered site.
Matata Conservation Campsite - Eastern Bay of Plenty
The Matata campsite is a paradise for fishermen and nature lovers. This DOC campsite is right next to the Matata wildlife sanctuary. An impressive number of birds are found here and you can see them through many viewing points put in place by DOC. There are also many walks inside the park.
Off Arawa Street in Matata township, head across the causeway to the campground, 200 m
Price : 6NZ$/night per adult, unpowered site.
Fantail Bay Campsite - Coromandel
From Coromandel take Colville Road for 22 km to Whangaahei Junction, then turn left and follow the signs to Port Jackson Road for 28 km
Past Colville the road is gravel, ask your DetourNZ adviser if you can go with your motorhome.
. Tel : +64 7 866 6685
Website : www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-stay/conservation-campsites-by-region/coromandel/fantail-bay/
Price : 10NZ$/night, per adult, unpowered site.
Hot Water Beach Top 10 Holiday Park - Coromandel
Hot Water Beach Top 10 Holiday Park is situated on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula. Ideal for all diving enthusiasts or people who want to swim in this area, enjoy the location to satisfy your passions for water sports (diving, swimming, fishing ...). From here you can easily go to Hot water beach to dig a hot pool (ideal for families) which is the main activity in the region.
Just make sure you go when the tide is low!
790 Hot Water Beach Road, Hot Water Beach, Whitianga. Tel : +64 7 866 3116
Price: 20NZ$/night per adult, powered site.