Our favourite camp sites in New Zealand

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Where to go, where to stay!? Camper life makes it easy for us to pack our belongings and hit the road. At some point though, you want to stop, explore and enjoy. Here are our 6 favourite camping grounds in New Zealand (in no particular order):

1. Te Anau Lakeview Kiwi Holiday Park & Motels, Te Anau (South Island)
Imagine you open the curtains in your campervan in the morning to be greeted by the view of the crystal-blue Lake Te Anau and the majestic Kepler mountains in the background.
This tranquil campsite is well and truly a snapshot of paradise. Located on the south shore of Lake Te Anau, it is only a 10 minute walk from the Te Anau town centre, a 20 minute drive to Manapouri, a 2 hour drive from Milford Sound, Queenstown and Invercargill and within 1 hour of the Great Walks Tracks, the Milford, Kepler and Routeburn Tracks.
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2. Whakapapa Holiday Park, Tongariro National Park (North Island)
Whakapapa Holiday Park is a perfect base for exploring the national park with short walks close to the campsite. In winter, skiing is just 6km up the road.
This idyllic camping ground is nestled within a beech forest of Tongariro National Park, New Zealand’s oldest national park and the fourth oldest in the world. It’s the ideal place to start exploring the nearby Tongariro Alpine Crossing and Tongariro Northern Circuit hiking trails. And you’ll be awe-struck by the area’s three mighty active volcanoes: Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe (also known as Mt Doom in Lord of the Rings).
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Franz Josef Glacier - Photo by Sandra Konrad

3. Franz Josef Top 10 Holiday Park, Franz Josef (South Island)
If you are looking for the ideal base to explore New Zealand’s Glacier Country, then this quaint and rural camping ground has all you need.
All activities, including touring the Franz Josef glacier, soaking in the hot pools, helicopter rides, tandem skydiving, visiting the wildlife centre, whitewater rafting, ice-climbing and hiking around Lake Matheson are just within ten minutes of camp. The clean and spacious bathrooms (with underfoot heating!), washing facilities and the communal areas are a big bonus of this campground.
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4. Aroha Island (North Island)
Situated near the tip of the North Island, Aroha Island is the perfect place to just relax or to use as a holiday base to explore the Bay of Islands. With a choice of powered or unpowered sites, you can enjoy the most beautiful of settings as you camp by the water’s edge or in the bush campground.
Learn about the site’s rich cultural history, swim or kayak along the private, tranquil beach, explore the seven hectares of mangroves and native bush or take a night walk to spot the rare North Island Brown Kiwi birds in their natural habitat.
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5. Totaranui Camping Ground (South Island)
Camp next to the clear waters and golden sands of Totaranui beach at the northern end of the Abel Tasman National Park. The Abel Tasman Coast Track is one of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks, renowned for its golden beaches, granite cliffs and calm, azure water.
Run by the Department of Conservation, the Totaranui campground is one of the best places to camp along the 51km track due to its beachfront location. You can relax on the beach, swim, kayak, dive, fish or explore the abundance of nearby hikes.
The campground is divided into 23 zones separated by shelter belts, with six modern amenities blocks spread throughout. Note: All sites are non-powered and vehicle accessible.
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Amberley Beach - Photo by Sandra Konrad

6. Amberley Beach (South Island)
This camping ground is situated right next to Amberley Beach on the coast from the Amberley township, north of Christchurch.
The large but quiet campsite is split into two areas with a mixture of powered and non-powered sites, toilets and a caravan/campervan waste dump station. There is an honesty box system for people to pay their fees–please do contribute, as it is so cheap to stay here and it would be great to keep it this way! Amberley Beach is perfect for surfers and there are several peaks to choose from along the beach. The wave is punchy, fun and good for all levels of surfing.
This camp ground is a true gem as it’s close to Christchurch and is the perfect launching point into North Canterbury or an excellent, low-cost option as a last night stopover prior to departure from Christchurch next day.
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7. Hanmer Springs (South Island)
When in Hanmer Springs, your holiday agenda will most likely include relaxing in the Thermal Hot Pools or sliding down the slopes of the majestic Ski Fields.
At the end of the day, an equally beautiful place to stay in your campervan hire is the Alpine Adventure Holiday Park. Just 2.5km from the town centre, the park is situated in a valley and set among bushland as well as one of New Zealand’s largest working farms.
You and the family will feel right at home in this pet friendly Family Parks accommodation with play equipment for the kids and each day, complimentary busses run to the town and thermal pools. .
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