Where can you camp in New Zealand

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New Zealand guide to campervan accommodation & where to stay

www.wheelawayholidays.comThroughout the length and breadth of New Zealand you will find a vast choice of holiday parks. While you are likely to stay in a campgrounds for the majority of your holiday, we find that many people like to stay in a hotel close to the branch they pick up from on the first night they arrive in New Zealand. This particularly makes sense after a long flight so you are refreshed and not driving while you are tired or jet-lagged.

You can pre-book your holiday park sites today. We recommend you book your first and last night stay and especially over the peak season of Christmas – end February.
Our booking service allows you to book one or several holiday parks under one transaction. Alternatively, you can book open dated vouchers.​

We recommend booking a Local Stays membership for $45, which provides access to a network of more than a hundred places throughout New Zealand where you can stay overnight in your Certified Self Contained maui motorhome.

What does self-contained mean? The vehicle meets the ablutionary and sanitary needs of the occupants of the motorhome for a minimum of three days without requiring any external services for discharging any waste. Basically your campervan has fresh water, a toilet and waste tanks, therefore providing more options about where you can freedom camp. 

 Once you become a member for $45 per year, you can stay at local boutique businesses including restaurants, wineries, olive groves, boutique breweries, farms. The idea is to meet the locals, try their products, purchase some of their delicious products or have a meal – and in return stay with them overnight at no extra charge!
 With Local Stays – you will:

  • ​C​onnect: Get off the tourist trail and avoid the crowds. Connect with local artisans and gourmet producers. Meet real kiwis.
  • Stay: Park overnight with welcoming Kiwi hosts in safe, quiet, friendly surroundings – all as part of your membership!
  • Experience: Taste fresh, locally grown product, purchase world-famous wines, oils and gourmet condiments, visit lesser-known sights and experiences.

Campground Information

With the large number of campervan accommodation options around New Zealand how do you decide where to stay? We recommend that you choose Qualmark* rated holiday parks. Many parks are located in prime coastal, river and lakeside locations which will allow you to wake up in some of the most scenic spots in the world! The nightly cost of powered sites (sites with power points for suitably wired vehicles like our motorhomes) varies between: NZ$18 to $40 per night (subject to change).

*Qualmark® is New Zealand tourism's official mark of quality. All tourism businesses that carry Qualmark®, which means they've been independently assessed as professional and trustworthy, so you can book with confidence.

TOP 10 is the premier New Zealand holiday parks and campgrounds (motor camps) group.

Holiday Parks provide New Zealand's best leisure accommodation.

Native Parks and their Motorhome Havens, a nationwide network of motor home friendly properties

Department of Conservation (DOC) campgrounds - located in stunning forest settings, lake shores and sandy beaches where you can relax and enjoy the New Zealand landscape.