The Best Campsites in New Zealand
Campervan holidays in New Zealand are awesome because our two beautiful islands boast vast outdoor space and some of the most incredible natural landscapes, NZ holiday parks and campsites are always extremely well-managed so you’re never far from your creature comforts, there are no dangerous animals in the wild so it’s safe for families too, and many of New Zealand’s campsites are environmentally friendly. In fact, you’ll find quite a number of campervan and camping sites bearing the Qualmark Environmental Award accreditation, making it easier than ever for us all to enjoy responsible road trips in NZ. Here are some of the best campsites in the country, with a comprehensive list for both islands.
The beautiful North Island is best known for its great mix of city life, beaches and surf culture, with the mesmerising outline of volcanoes forming the unique landscape. If you’re hanging out in the north in your Spaceship camper, make sure you check out these fantastic holiday parks and campsites.
Tawharanui Regional Park
One of our favourite spots in the north, Tawharanui Regional Park Camping Ground is the perfect place to go if you’re after a bit of peace and quiet. Go in the off-season and you’ll enjoy a completely remote, secluded travel experience amongst beautiful sandy beaches, lush green hills and pretty shingled bays. This is definitely one of Auckland’s best kept secrets and we couldn’t recommend it more.
Address: Takatu Rd, Tawharanui Peninsula 0986
Phone: +64 9-422 6441
Pinewoods Motor Park
Located just 20 minutes away from Auckland and with views overlooking Red Beach, Pinewoods Motor Park is a fantastic place to lay your hat for a few nights whilst you’re exploring the area. Spend your days relaxing on the 2 kilometre stretch of sand along the Hibiscus Coast or head into the city to enjoy shopping, sightseeing and great food and drink. Wine connoisseurs will also love visiting the nearby wineries including our favourites, Cable Bay Vineyards and Soljans Estate Winery. On-site facilities include shower rooms and toilets, a laundry room, a library, and a gymnasium.
Address: 23 Marie Ave, Auckland 0932
Phone: +64 9-426 4526
Takapuna Beach Holiday Park
If you want to be right on the beach, check out Takapuna Beach Holiday Park set along The Promenade about 30 minutes north of Auckland. This holiday park is highly rated on TripAdvisor and has plenty of safe spots to swim and sunbathe. And if you want to explore Rangitoto Island Reserve (which is visible from the coastline), there’s a boat ramp where you can launch your boat from.
Address: 22 The Promenade, Takapuna, Auckland 0622
Phone: +64 9-489 7909
Hahei Holiday Resort is located on the spectacular Coromandel Coast just a short walk from the beautiful Hahei Beach and the starting point for Cathedral Cove Kayak Tours. Less than 10 minutes away, you will also find the famous Hot Water Beach where visitors regularly dig their own hot, bubbling pools using the sand at low tide. This is one of our favourite campsites in North Island and the views really are like something out of a movie.
Address: 41 Harsant Ave, Hahei 3591
Phone: +64 7-866 3889
Coromandel TOP 10 Holiday Park
This leading holiday park is superb because it’s a low key site which features an amazing mix of accommodation options, from family sized villas and motel rooms to camping and campervan pitches. It’s located close to the Hauraki Gulf and is just a short journey from The Driving Creek Railway. Bikes are also available for hire from the front desk so you can really get out there and explore!
Address: 636 Rings Rd, Coromandel Peninsula 3506
Phone: +64 7-866 8830
Hamilton City Holiday Park
This fantastic park is set on the outskirts of the city and is surrounded by lush greenery, yet you will still have easy access to attractions such as Hamilton Gardens, Waikato Stadium, Mystery Creek and Hamilton city centre. The park itself features a coin-operated BBQ area with plenty of picnic benches, a laundry room, two on-site kitchens, and free WiFi connection for all guests.
Address: 14 Ruakura Rd, Hamilton East, Hamilton 3216
Phone: +64 7-855 8255
Anaura Bay Motor Camp
Anaura Bay is one of our favourite camps, set on North Island’s stunning East Cape area. Here, the water is pristine and impossibly blue whilst the nearby hills form a lush, green backdrop. But the most spectacular thing about this campsite location is the mind-blowing sunsets. At Anaura Bay Motor Camp, you’ll get unobstructed views and guests can take advantage of the free WiFi and the convenience of the local shop which sells everyday basic items such as bread, milk and toiletries.
Address: 680 Anaura Rd, Anaura Bay
Phone: +64 6-862 6380
Wellington TOP 10 Holiday Park
This camping and motorhome park offers some of the best facilities around and there’s a friendly team of helpful staff on site at all times to help you out with any questions or issues. The main reception can help you organise day trips, tours, events and ticketing, as well as travel bookings if you’re trying to reach your next destination. Plus the park features a Sky TV room and games room, a children’s playground area, a BBQ area, laundry room, and recycling zone.
Address: 95 Hutt Park Rd, Moera, Lower Hutt 5010
Phone: +64 4-568 5913
Wellington’s Kiwi Holiday Park
Kiwi Holiday Park prides itself on being the friendliest place to stay in the Wellington region and is only 40 minutes away from the capital. The 36 powered campsites are set amongst native bush and peaceful green surroundings and they offer enough room for large campers, RVs, caravans and tents. The holiday park also aims to be as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible, encouraging guests to keep the park clean and tidy.
Address: 45 Akatarawa Rd, Upper Hutt 5018
Phone: +64 4-526 7400
If you’re touring South Island, your journey will be blessed with some of the most dramatic mountain scenery and will have rare opportunities to spot the island’s different birdlife and marine life. As well as the remote landscapes and the endless nature, South Island also boasts a number of famous destinations including Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound.
South Brighton Motor Camp
This motor park is a beautiful, quiet oasis with direct access to the beach and it isn’t too far from our Spaceship pick-up point either. So you can set up camp and spend the next few days exploring the incredible city of Christchurch, a city which is known for its rich English heritage and a community that has spent the last few years rebuilding its cool, edgy centre after the earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. There are cycling paths along the banks of the Avon River so you can enjoy the views of the city on two wheels.
Address: 59 Halsey St, New Brighton South 8062
Phone: +64 3-388 9844
Okains Bay Motor Camp
Okains Bay is located 1 hour 30 minutes east of Christchurch and it boasts some of the most spectacular sea views, tasty seafood cafes, and rich Maori and colonial history on South Island. The surroundings of this holiday site are totally idyllic, making it a great getaway for couples on a road trip or families in search of a secluded spot to reconnect with nature. Camping fees start from $12 per adult and $6 per child (under 5s come free of charge) and the safe beaches are ideal for swimming, kayaking and water sports.
Address: Okains Bay, New Zealand
Phone: +64 3-304 8789
Kaiteriteri Beach Motor Camp
If you’re interested in exploring the beauty of Abel Tasman Park, this well-managed motor camp makes for the perfect base and gateway. Laze around on the beach, take the Abel Tasman Track for a scenic hike, or go kayaking in the calm, safe waters of the sheltered bay area. Boat cruises run regularly from Tasman Bay and there’s also a great little Shoreline Cafe and Restaurant which serves up superb seafood.
Address: 5 Kaiteriteri-Sandy Bay Rd, Kaiteriteri 0932
Phone: +64 3-527 8010
Old MacDonalds Farm & Holiday Park
Just a 3 minute walk from the Abel Tasman Coast Track, this unique holiday park is conveniently located but is also thoughtfully tucked away behind the exotic and native greenery, giving you a secluded feeling from the rest of the world. The farm is home to a number of animals, with a bush walk and glow worm trail suitable for all ages. We really recommend this campervan site for families with kids because there really is so much to do. Interact with the farm animals, go horse riding (even suitable for beginners), try archery, hire bikes for the day, and book a massage to wind down at the end of the day.
Address: Harvey Rd, Marahau 7197
Phone: +64 3-527 8288
Glendhu Bay Motor Camp
The Glendhu Bay holiday site in the Otago region is just over an hour away from the lively city of Queenstown, with breath-taking views overlooking the Lake Wanaka. Rich green forests surround you and dramatic snow-topped mountains can be seen in the distance, so if you want a campervan spot with a serious WOW factor, we really recommend pitching here for a few nights. If the weather’s good, use your Spaceship’s rear canvas awning for a covered outdoor sleeping experience, which is similar to camping so you can enjoy amazing sunrise views in the morning.
Address: Rapid 1127, Mt Aspiring Rd, Wanaka
Phone: +64 3-443 7243
Queenstown Holiday Park & Motels Creeksyde
Creeksyde is the world's first environmentally-friendly EarthCheck Platinum Holiday Park so it definitely gets our vote! It offers both powered and non-powered sites with BBQ and outdoor dining areas plus access to dump stations, car wash / bike wash, book exchange and DVD hire.
Address: 54 Robins Rd, Queenstown 9300
Phone: +64 3 442 9447
Arrowtown Holiday Park
Arrowtown Holiday Park is just 22 minutes from the bustling city of Queenstown and it boasts peaceful surroundings with a beautiful backdrop of the picturesque mountains. Arrowtown itself is also worth checking out – it’s a great place to go shopping and to learn about the island’s history with mining. If you’re travelling with kids (or big kids), you can even get involved in the fun activity of gold panning in the Arrow River.
Address: 12 Centennial Ave, Arrowtown 9302
Phone: +64 3-442 1876
Te Anau Kiwi Holiday Park
Fiordland National Park is without a doubt one of our favourite regions on New Zealand’s South Island and most visitors who come here never want to leave. So whatever you do, make sure you set aside enough time to explore this impossibly beautiful part of the world and give yourself enough room in your busy road-tripping schedule to just sit…..and enjoy the views. The two major tracks to take on are the Milford Track and the Hollyford Track, and both Milford and Doubtful Sound can be easily reached from your base at Te Anau Kiwi Holiday Park. The holiday site has just had some new facilities put in (including a TV lounge with log fire, a fully equipped laundry room, and a large communal kitchen and dining zone) so you’ll find everything you need when you pitch up here.
Address: 15 Luxmore Dr, Te Anau 9600
Phone: +64 3-249 8538
Gunn’s Camp is a small but very well-managed and well-facilitated holiday park with open space for tents and campervans. It’s the closest campsite to Milford Sound so you can drive or hire a bike and take a 4 hour cycle. Gunn’s Camp features a free museum for guests and also has a basic shop, hot showers and toilet facilities, a charging station (for phones and camera batteries) plus a communal kitchen with gas cookers.
Address: 805 Hollyford Track, Fiordland National Park 9679