Where to go on your holiday?...
Places which I love and recommend: Abel Tasman Coast Track, Bay of Island, Great Barrier Island, Hot Water Beach, Matakana, Milford Track, Mt Ruapahu, Otago Rail Trail, Rangitoto Island, Rotorua, Rugby Sevens Wellington, Puhoi Canoe, Scandretts Bay, Ski Queenstown, Tongariro Crossing, White Island, White Water Rafting, WOW Wellington, South Island.
Freedom camping is a special privilege which is still very much available in New Zealand. It is best to ask your local i-SITE where they are. In order to freedom camp legally, your rig must be self-contained, which means having your own toilet and freshwater and grey-water storage facilities. A good web site for locating campsites in New Zealand is http://motorcamps.com
The Department of Conservation (DOC) administers 398 camp grounds, around 95 are designated backcountry basic, with toilets and water as minimum. Most are small and in remote locations. A further 148 are more advanced with showers, barbeques, picnic tables, cooking shelters and rubbish bins.
Small camps and holiday parks; there are around 400 commercial holiday parks in New Zealand. Almost all will have hot showers, kitchen and laundry facilities and sometimes much more.
Larger holiday parks: These will have all the bells and whistles, many are located in enviable locations. They offer genuine hospitality and personal service.
Members of the 43,000 strong New Zealand Motor Caravan Association avail themselves of a network of “Park Over Properties Scheme”, with over 300 sweet camping spots with a range of facilities.
Two map books which I recommend and which have some of the best camp sites marked including the free-camp sites are: NZMCA 2010 Travel Directory plus NZ Motorhome & Camping Atlas. Both of these books are included with the CamperVan.
Please if you have a good location or trip itinerary (along with some photos) please email me so I can let others know.
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