Free CampsitesThere are around 340 ‘free’ campsites scattered around New Zealand that are designated by local councils and the Department of Conservation. You can get the locations and the rules for these campsites on CamperMate or on this page by clicking on the map below.
If you’re planning on using an iPhone or an Android during your time in New Zealand, it’s best you download our free app to find out where they are. If you’re still in the planning phase, you can either visit www.camping.co.nz or see the map below (this map is pulled from the camping.co.nz website). Tap the ‘Find a Location’ button on the top left and select either ‘Campgrounds for self-contained vehicles’, or ‘Campground for non self-contained vehicles’ depending on if you have a toilet on board or not. Then look for these icons:
Freedom camping in Marlborough Freedom camping in Central Hawkes Bay Freedom camping in Gisborne Freedom camping in Taupo Freedom camping in Western Bay of Plenty Freedom camping in Tauranga Freedom camping in Napier/Hastings Freedom camping on the West Coast of the South Island Freedom camping in Southland Freedom camping in the Mackenzie District