You don’t need to stay in a five-star lodge to wake to million-dollar views in New Zealand. Some of our most scenic – and secluded – spots to lay your head cost just a few dollars a night (and sometimes they’re even free)!
Back-to-nature campsites are a New Zealand specialty – and if you’re touring the country in a campervan you have easy access to them all. Fancy spending the night in front of a beautiful beach, a glistening lake, or nestled deep in the bush? Here are five campsites where panoramic views and complete peace and quiet come as standard.
Matauri Bay Holiday Park, Northland
Park under pines in front of a pristine, white sand beach. The towns of Kerikeri, Paihia and Russell are just a short drive away, or take a trip to Mangonui Harbour and its famous fish and chip shop!
Fletcher Bay Campsite, Coromandel
Located at the northern tip of the Coromandel Peninsula, this beach front campsite is an ideal spot for swimming, fishing and diving. Or, tackle the coastal path between Fletcher Bay and Stony Bay. It’s a 10km return walk or an 8km mountain bike ride, and offers stunning views of the Coromandel coastline and offshore islands.
Totaranui Campground, Abel Tasman National Park
With its golden sands and calm, azure waters there’s a touch of the Caribbean about this stunning spot. The campsite is part of the Abel Tasman Coast Track, meaning there’s an abundance of hikes nearby, as well as swimming, kayaking and fishing opportunities.
French Pass Campsite, Marlborough
The road in is long and windy, but once you’re settled on your sleepy beach front site, you’ll be glad you made the effort. Spend a few days here and you’ll forget the rest of the world exists.
Makarora Tourist Centre, Southern Lakes
Nestled deep within the bush, Makarora sits just beyond the northern tip of Lake Wanaka and borders the Mt Aspiring World Heritage National Park. Not surprisingly, tramping, fishing and hunting options abound.
If you are thinking of exploring New Zealand by campervan this summer, please book early to avoid disappointment. We’re already completely sold out of campers over the Christmas and New Year period, and filling up fast from January to March. Check out our campervan page to see the full range of vans we have available. And don’t forget, we also provide combined camper and bike hire to make your trip even more fun.
Have a great week,
P.S. More useful reading if you’re thinking of touring New Zealand by campervan:
What You Need to Know About Freedom Camping in New Zealand
Image: The view from French Pass Campsite.