Camping in Northland

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Whangarei i-SITE Visitor Centre

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Please stay in Holiday Parks, Department of Conservation camping grounds or other designated areas – these will vary from region to region. Choose from hundreds of options.

Choose from hundreds of options at Including places to stay in the Bay of Islands, Top of the North, Hokianga, Kauri Coast, Whangarei & Bream Bay

The website also has lots of practical information to help you maximise enjoyment from your freedom camping holiday. There are tips on everything from how to be eco-wise to dump station and public toilet locations. There are also links to regional websites that will give you more information on how to make the most of freedom camping in that region.

Where can people camp in New Zealand?

Restrictions on camping vary in each region. In some areas people can camp with relative freedom but in other places camping is restricted to selected areas. It’s up to each community to manage camping in ways that are appropriate for them. Many councils have bylaws to control freedom camping.

If in doubt, always ask

As well as the website, you can always ask where to camp at an i-SITE Visitor Centre, holiday park or Department of Conservation Visitor Centre. There are more camping options for fully self-contained vehicles (those with a toilet, shower or grey water storage).

Top 7 tips tourists wish they had known before coming to New Zealand (video)

This video is a must-see for visitors to New Zealand. It includes: New Zealand road signs, left hand driving, roundabouts, one lane bridges, indicating, shopping and also freedom camping rules and regulations. 

Campermate APP

The free travel app CamperMate provides locations of public toilets, dump stations, recycling stations and designated freedom campsites all over New Zealand, now also available in Chinese. The app is available for iphone and Android.