Camping in New Zealand: tips that will make your life easier

Mar 01, 2019
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Outdoor enthusiasts have the rare opportunity of experiencing nature at its finest when embarking on camping trips as opposed to staying in hotels. Camping in New Zealand provides you with the chance to visit a wide variety of the country's natural beauty.

The coasts feature stunning beaches. On the other hand, the inland environment boasts everything from lush forests to mountain peaks. Campsites are available across the country and span serviced locations to rural backcountry destinations. 

Camping in New Zealand Responsibly 

Camping responsibly means enjoying the area without disturbing the flora and fauna of the location. The phrase “leave no trace” is often used to mean that when you exit the campsite, it should appear as if they were never there. Remove all litter using available bins. Do not wash your laundry in lakes, rivers or streams to prevent pollution that endangers wildlife. Only light fires in designated areas. If open fires are prohibited, obey the rules. 

Camping Locations 

The truly adventurous often prefer basic, remote campsites found on the Department of Conservation website. But, there are also many serviced, standard and basic campsites. Available sites are often in national parks or in areas known to have popular hiking trails, particular points of interest or are considered especially scenic. The more than 200 listed sites might have coastal beach or lakefront locations. Others are nestled within peaceful forests.

But there are so much more campsites to be found in New Zealand. They can all be found in the free Spaceships travel & camping app, which will make your camping in New Zealand trip a whole lot easier.

The Real New Zealand 

Campers who thrill at the sight of mountain views might stay in the Avalanche Creek area found in Arthur's Pass National Park. The terrain varies from mountain peaks to deep gorges carved by rivers and streams. Travellers trekking through the forest may encounter waterfalls or native wildlife. 

Enjoy peace and tranquility while being surrounded by mature trees in the Coromandel or the Kaimanawa Forest Park. Watch for birds and other wildlife while nestled among the vegetation. Or, choose a site along the shoreline of a local lake and do some fishing. 

Campsite Amenities 

Great Walk trails are a wonderful way to visit and experience a number of different environments during one trip. The journeys are guided or self-guided excursions. Some paths have camper huts along the way. However, individuals preferring to go it alone while camping in New Zealand often pack their own equipment, food and water supplies. The treks commonly originate within a community featuring service and transportation providers. Some of the many popular Great Walks include the Abel Tasman Coast Track, the Heaphy Track and the Tongariro Northern Circuit. Each location is unique and offers a different adventure. 

On the other hand, campers may choose to enjoy the environment while having as many amenities as possible at their disposal. For them, serviced sites are appealing. Serviced sites welcome campervan and tent campers alike. Cars, campervans and caravans have access to the majority of locations. 

The facilities found at the locations include flush toilets and tap water along with hot showers, cooking/kitchen benches and rubbish collection. Some destinations additionally offer barbecues, cookers, fireplaces, picnic tables and laundry facilities.