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Free Campsites in the Napier/Hastings (Hawkes Bay) Region

If you like fine food and wine you’ll love Hawkes Bay which is famous for some of New Zealand’s best primary produce and home to over 140 vineyards and 70 wineries. There are some great cycle tours too, many people like to rent a bike and do a winery tour..Just remember where you parked your camper! The council is quite strict on freedom camping in the area, and has hired a local security company to police the 9 reserves that have been set aside for overnight parking. The big focus is on being certified self-contained which enables you to park for free. If not then you run the risk of being hit with a tresspass notice, which over the next few months may turn into an instant fine, keep up to date with this on our Twitter account. Check out the locations below or see the links at the bottom of the page if you are heading north from Gisborne..

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:


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Heading North? Check out the free campsites in Gisborne or Bay of Plenty