Discover Your Perfect Camping Style in New Zealand


Retirement is about taking your time, enjoying life’s pleasures and doing things your way. This includes your travel. You’ve worked hard for years and now have plenty of time to plan and make the most of the New Zealand holiday you’ve always dreamed of.

If you’re considering travelling around New Zealand by motorhome, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to the many camping options available. We understand it can be confusing when trying to work out which option or mix of options will be best for you. So, we’ve made it easy.

In this post, we give an overview of the different camping choices available in New Zealand.

Camping choices

Travelling around New Zealand by motorhome gives you the freedom
to travel as you please, with room for spontaneity. Unlike staying in hotels or other fixed-abode accommodation, with a motorhome you can experience the great outdoors, do what you want to do and stay where you want to, in your own time.

There are several options when it comes to camping with your motorhome, each of which varies in location, amenities and capacity. So, whatever your style, you’ll be able to find the perfect place for you.

Freedom camping

Freedom camping means staying overnight in a place without amenities, such as a scenic spot at the roadside, park or beach. It’s a great choice for those wanting to experience New Zealand’s ‘off the beaten track’ and avoid busy commercial campsites.

If you choose to freedom camp, you’ll need a motorhome that is self-contained.

This means it has a toilet and enough fresh and waste water for three days of camping. All Wilderness motorhomes have been approved for freedom camping in places where it is permitted.

Freedom camping is highly regulated and prohibited in some areas so make sure you check whether regulations apply when considering a location.

Campable sites

This innovative app allows travellers to stay on private property such as a vineyard, working farm, or secluded spot by the water. Think of it as the camper’s version of Airbnb!

Through the Campable website or app, you can connect with landowners who host visitors on their property. Many hosts also offer fantastic local experiences in addition to a place to stay.


Alternatively, you can choose to stay at Department of Conservation (DOC) campsites, regional parks or commercial camping grounds or holiday parks.

You’ll find a number of stunning locations to choose from with a range of facilities. DOC campsites are a good option for travellers looking for convenience and a bit of company, for a low cost. In many cases, you’ll be able to do your laundry, buy supplies and connect with other travellers before heading off on your next adventure.

When travelling by motorhome, you really can find the camping style that’s just right for you. Choose one, or mix it up and stay in a variety of places as you journey around our spectacular country. Wherever you travel in New Zealand, you’ll find beautiful locations and friendly people which will leave you with memories of New Zealand that will last a lifetime.

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