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The 9 best camping spots in New Zealand

There’s over 270,000 square kilometres of beautiful land in New Zealand and just 4.5 million people to cover it. If you compare it to the UK which is smaller in size, New Zealand has only a fourteenth of the population. This leaves us with miles and miles and miles of untouched natural landscapes, pristine forests, rugged mountains and glorious lakes – making NZ one of the best countries to go camping. Here are 9 of the best camping spots in New Zealand!

Finding the best camping spots in New Zealand

Sssstttt, we'll tell you our secret tips on how to find the best camping spots in New Zealand. Well actually, it isn't a secret anymore. We've downloaded all info & tips from our brains and have put it all in the following:

  • Spaceships travel & camping app for your smartphone. Get it for free here.
  • NZ Frenzy guidebooks with all the tips and info from our travel mate Scott Cook. More info.
  • And of course, our favourite camping spots on this page.

9 of our favourite camping spots

There are so many awesome places in New Zealand where you can camp. Here are 9 of our favourite spots.

1| Hahei Holiday Resort, Coromandel

Hahei Holiday Resort is set on the Coromandel Coast and is one of the most paradisiacal places to pitch up your tent for the weekend. Located just a short walk from the Coromandel Peninsula’s most striking beach, this really is like something out of a movie.  

2| Anaura Bay Motor Camp, East Cape

Imagine perfect shades of green in the nearby rolling hills, the bluest of blues in the water, and the most incredible sunrises every morning. The area has also been the set of 2002 film, Whale Rider.

3| Blue Lake Holiday Park, Mount Gambier

Blue Lake Holiday Park in The Bay of Plenty is an award winning camping spot, with plenty of space for you to park your campervan or motorhome. Holidaymakers never feel crowded in this holiday park and there’s plenty to do nearby.

4| Kaiteriteri Beach Motor Camp, Tasman Bay  

Kaiteriteri Beach Motor Camp gives you great access to Abel Tasman Park. With the varied natural surroundings, you can spend your days lazing on the glorious beach or go hiking along the Abel Tasman Track.

5| Tawharanui Regional Park, Auckland

Tawharanui Regional Park is a great motor park for those in search of Auckland’s best beaches. If you go out of season, this park is remarkably quiet and you won’t have to fight other holidaymakers for a top parking spot.

6| Okains Bay Motor Camp, Canterbury

This is an amazing place to take the kids – or just as perfect for adventurous couples looking to get closer to nature. It’s a no-frills kind of campsite, designed for life’s little pleasures such as hiking, climbing, swimming, fishing or just kicking back and enjoying the views.

7| Glendhu Bay Motor Camp, Otago

Imagine the striking contrast of snow-capped mountain scenery and plush green forests that haven’t been touched by tourism. At Glendhu Bay Motor Camp, it’s like having 355,000 hectares of pristine land on your doorstep – and you can do everything from walking to mountain climbing.

8| Kauri Coast Campsite, Dargaville

This is another award-winning campsite, listed in ‘New Zealand’s Top 10 Sites’, which offers motel units and cabins should you want to park up and enjoy a little extra space for a few nights. Amazing views and plenty of space to enjoy some peace and quiet.

9| Curio Bay Holiday Park, Catlins Coast  

Come to Curio Bay to see dolphins and penguins; a rare and truly remarkable site to catch them roaming or swimming in their safe, natural habitats. You can also enjoy strolls through the forest which is said to be over 160 million years old.