Rankers Camping NZ
We’ve spent the last 13 years gathering this Camping NZ information so you can experience the best of New Zealand. We ask that you use our information respectfully.
Proud Local NZ
There’s a proud local guardian culture in NZ. Our sense of ownership extends far beyond the property we live in, to encompass all public and natural spaces in NZ. For us proud Kiwis - it’s all our backyard.
Care must be taken by all visitors to respect and look after all our backyard places. Doing so will help you connect with NZ and the lovely local folk who live here and that’s how we all benefit.
Plan your journey. Visit an i-SITE Visitor Information Centre.
Stay at a campsite.
For the best experience, stay at one of our great campsites. With many having cooking, toilet and shower facilities on site, there’s everything you’ll need. You might even make new friends.
Use public toilets or the toilet in your vehicle.
Please respect our home and other travellers by using the proper facilities. Just look for the signs.
Leave no trace or litter.
It’s important to look after our country for future generations by leaving nothing behind wherever you go. Please make sure you put any rubbish in a bin or take it with you until you find one.
Every New Zealand camping location on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android device.
Camping NZ features Offline Maps, so you can find all camping locations, free of restrictions from NZ's poor and expensive internet. This app gives you Freedom!
Avoid camping fines with this official NZ camping map. We only show camping locations approved by the 67 councils represented across NZ. Rest with no worries!
Proudly brought to you by over 700 holiday park managers, 80+ trustees, representing hundreds of freedom camping locations and in association with Local Councils, the Responsible Camping Forum, Department of Conservation, i-SITE and Tourism NZ.
With over 4200 locations you'll find a nearby campsite wherever you find yourself - a full facility holiday park or an isolated hideaway.
Dig deep into New Zealand culture, history and hard-to-find gems. The Camping NZ app goes far beyond just campsites, with filters for top ranked walks, natural attractions and useful amenities.
Save your favourites, filter by price range or overnight stay rules and view photos and full campsite descriptions.
Plus, thousands of Rankers' independent reviews from other travellers means you can set off with confidence.
Great to have you here.
We’re proud to be the only remaining locally owned app, showing all camping locations in NZ.
We know, by using this app, you will have an NZ experience that gives you the true local connection.
The camping experience is an enabler of deeper connection.
For some, the simplification of life provides clarity; for others, meeting different people offers fresh perspectives.
Campers are united by the common thread of exploration, and share in the greatest connector of all - nature.
A sanctuary from the rigours of travelling: plug in, connect up, chill out, re-group, do laundry, go shopping, recharge.
The good folk from Holiday Parks work hard to help you relax with all the facilities you need. Usually located for proximity to attractions, or convenience to towns, these are great launch pads for your adventures into the great unknown.
And if Sustainable Travel is your thing, Holiday Parks make that easy. Look for the 'Sustainable Waste' filter and find hundreds of locations where compost, recycled and general waste are dealt with no worries.
When you have a Fixed toilet (you’ve got an internal bathroom on board), you have the greatest choice where you can camp in NZ.
However, it’s easy to become isolated when you’re self contained. So, open your door... embrace the concept of happy hour, invite people for drinks. Share meals. Good times.
When you've got a Portable toilet (you’ve got a bucket toilet for your waste)… well, let’s be real! Are we really going to use that portable toilet stored under the bed? I wouldn’t. Time to be honest with ourselves…
So check the app and choose Self Contained locations with a toilet. Or join the party at the Non Self Contained campsites where facilities are always provided.
Ngā mihi (kind regards)!
This is where the party is at.
DIY camper conversions, cycle tourers, guitar + bongo drum players... here you’ll find a wonderful, eclectic bunch of humans. Where you find diversity, you will also find dance, story, song, poetry, and controversy. At a minimum, you’ll find some basic ablution facilities.
Non-self contained campers have a unique opportunity to have the lightest impact on the surrounding environment. They can also do significant social and ecological harm, if the environment is not respected.
The path you choose is in your hands.
The wairua (spirit) of DOC campsites is - you give, and in turn, you get. If you care for something, it reveals itself to you in a different way.
You get: nature immersion with authentic, back-to-basics camping.
You give: caretaking of a wonderful place, supporting the local DOC crew. They do a great job of looking after Aotearoa NZ’s special places.
The smallest deeds are appreciated.
Check out all the campgrounds where you can stay for free with the Conservation Campsite Pass.
Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ at these Department of Conservation campsites. One convenient pass gives you full access.
Ka kite anō (see you later)!
With great freedom comes equal responsibility.
A few unprepared freedom campers in the past have affected Aotearoa, socially and environmentally.
New Zealanders are very aware of this, and some now see freedom campers as a threat to the environment and our collective ability to enjoy it.
I don’t want you to be seen in this light.
Get the most out of Freedom Camping… Here's how!
Ngā mihi (kind regards)!
When tenting, you can’t escape nature.
Closest to nature + heightened difficulty = the greatest possibility for elemental connection.
I say, total respect.
We’ve had some feedback letting us know that some of our tent detail isn’t quite right. Please let us know when we’re off the mark and we’ll update accordingly. Thanks :)
All the best!
What is a pet?
I reckon it’s any creature that’s part of your family / whanau. Dogs, cats, turtles, cockatoo’s and I even saw a pet rooster the other day. Who’s to judge.
But this filter is about who accepts your dog.
I love the iSITES info centres as I get to speak directly with the locals. They are specialists in their area.
It’s perhaps the easiest place to see all that’s on offer locally, and then book local adventures and accommodation. Supporting local, instead of the big international booking websites - Feels Good!
DOC info centres are choice! If you’re heading into the wilderness, talk to the women and men in green. They are more connected to nature than anyone else.
Here’s an important question you need to ask them… "How will the forecast weather affect my planned adventure"?
The weather dictates outdoor life here in NZ and they’ll help keep you safe.
Also, the Mountain Safety You Tube channel is a goody.
All the best!
The three essentials of life - Food, Shelter, Warmth.
Gas helps out with two of these essentials - Food and Warmth.
Not running out means you’re cooking with gas.
Use these locations for filling smaller gas bottles that can’t be swapped.
All the best!
Access free wifi without silly nonsense to your privacy.
These locations give you quality, un-metered, un-limited access with no strings attached.
Thanks to local councils and Tourism NZ for making this free and easy.
Safe travels to you!
Our kids have grown up with our campervan. In those 15 years travelling to all parts of NZ, have we seen some playgrounds or what!
There’s lots of others of course, but here’s our families’ top 25.
Let us know if you think there’s others should should make the list. Let’s get to Top 30!
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There’s something about watching these awesome critters in their own environment. When they’re not aware of us and are doing their natural thing, I feel transfixed. Time flies.
I’ve learnt to resist the temptation of my camera and to stay in the moment instead. Only cameras built like bazookas have a chance of getting a good shot. Be a happy guardian and let others know if they’re getting too close.
Ka kite anō (see you later)!
As a wise man once said… "It’s always sunny in a hot pool"’ - so right.
Therapeutic in so many ways. Physically and socially.
I have had some of my greatest conversations with complete strangers, while soaking in one of nature’s great gifts.
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