5 Things You Need To Know About Last Minute Christmas Camping In New Zealand

Josh and Shareacamper at Milford Sound

For those of you who get through the stress of Christmas and New Year, only to realise you have time off with nothing planned, we have some tips on how to make the most of your last minute camping trip.

1. Don’t go too far from home:
If your trip in a campervan hire in New Zealand this holiday season is a little last minute, then don’t bite off more than you can chew and drive to the other side of the island; choose to go somewhere close by. The closer the campsite location, the more time you have to relax and unwind with family.

2. Don’t stay too long:
If you have a shorter preparation time, set yourself up to win by planning a manageable amount of time away, OR ensure that you will be travelling to a spot with easy supplies nearby.
Nobody enjoys the last minute, frantic rush to gather supplies for a trip, so why not limit the stress by limiting your stay?

3. Don’t pack too much:
Make a meal plan before you leave so that you know exactly what to pack, then commit to taking no more and no less.
When organising your meal plan, look out for one dish meals that will limit the pots needed, as well as the cleaning up!

4. Prepare your First Aid kit:
Basic First Aid supplies can often be the difference between dealing with an injury on site and continuing your campervan trip, or needing to seek medical attention.
Ensure the kit is fully stocked and relax knowing that you are prepared no matter what happens.
A First Aid checklist can be found here.

5. Look out for free camping grounds:
Free campsites are generally first in, first served, so it doesn’t matter that you didn’t book months in advance! In New Zealand, the Department of Conservation have a range of free campsites, known as Basic Sites.
These campsites have limited facilities, however in one of our SHAREaCAMPER vehicles, you will most likely be fully self-sufficient.

Here are a few of our favourites in New Zealand:

  • Piropiro Campsite
    Piropiro Campsite is just 2 hours and 15 minutes from Waikato and marks the mid point for the Timber Trail. From this campsite you can go mountain biking, Red Deer hunting and even adventure over to the Maramataha Suspension Bridge. Dogs are permitted at this site.
  • Waikawa Campsite
    Located in the Tararua Forest Park, the dog friendly Waikawa Campsite is only 1 hour from Wellington. Surrounded by a variety of native flora and fauna, the bird watchers will be in their element with sightings of Fantails, Tūī, Bellbirds, Whiteheads, Riflemen and Kākāriki.
  • Macetown Campsite
    Just on the outskirts of Queenstown, in the Otago region, you will find the Macetown Campsite by the Arrow River. The perfect spot for relaxation with the family pooch, this free site is far enough away to feel like a holiday escape, but close enough to see you kicking back by day’s end. The river’s water is even considered safe for drinking.
  • Lake Pearson Campsite
    Only an hour and a half out of Christchurch and set among the high country is the Lake Pearson Campsite. This site is a brilliant base for bird watching and rest along the Waimakariri Basin. Dogs are not permitted on this site.

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