When it comes to camping, it’s no surprise New Zealand is one of the best places to take a holiday. Beautiful scenery, fantastic and friendly locals and a culture that’s steeped in history and tradition all combine to make New Zealand a fantastic country to explore. To help you start planning your epic camping trip, we wanted to share four of the best campgrounds in New Zealand.
Wagon Train, Kerikeri
If you’re looking for a true, friendly and local experience, the Wagon Train RV Tourist Park in Kerikeri is a must stop. You’ll have grassy areas, powered RV parking, access to hot showers and gorgeous surroundings, but wifi is spotty. If it’s important to you to stay connected, keep that in mind. If you’re ready to unplug, this is the spot to stop. This campground is beautiful enough that you’ll almost forget to explore elsewhere – walk through 10 acres, grazed with horses, up to the highest point to look out West and watch the sun go down. Take in the beautiful red sunset or sit under the Palm trees, sip on a glass of wine and watch the sunset while cooking your steak on the BBQ.
Treasure Island, Whangarei
For something all-inclusive, how can you go astray with Treasure Island Caravan Park? Located in Pataua North, leave your furry friend at home if you visit this park. Set on 200 acres of farmland, you’ll be treated to gorgeous coastal views, a camp shop that has the essentials (like coffee), restroom facilities complete with showers and powered sites. Treasure Island features a safe lagoon, ideal for young children and two excellent golden sand beaches where you can swim at any time of the day. There are plenty more coves and bays, if you care to scramble round the rocks or take a boat to reach them.
Top 10, Queenstown
We can’t neglect the city. Queenstown Top 10 Holiday Park is a boutique style holiday park with cabins and powered spots, located just outside the city, with a free shuttle service to campers. Showers, restrooms, a laundry facility and a communal kitchen all await you. If your dream vacation includes dipping into the city but being able to retreat to a quiet, nature-enclosed camp after the festivities, make this park number one on your list.
Top 10, Rotorua
Lastly, don’t miss Rotorua Top 10 Holiday Park. This park has cabins and powered RV spots, and campers can walk into the city. You can rent kayaks, swim in a pool, and enjoy beautifully landscaped grounds, stunning macrocarpa furniture in outdoor BBQ areas and plenty of facilities to keep the children entertained all day. Any visiting Rotorua knows the area is famous for hot pools, and in the heart of the Holiday Park you’ll find a spectacular Mineral Pool Complex, surrounded by native plantation and a gorgeous night time illuminated board walk and pool area. Open all throughout the year, these pools will be a highlight during your stay.
There you have it! Our top four best campgrounds in New Zealand. These are just four of our favourites in more popular areas – New Zealand is full of beautiful places to make camp, from freedom camping stops to DOC sites and holiday parks, you’ll never struggle to find somewhere.
Happy travels, and when you’re ready to hit the road, head on over to Mighway and find the perfect motorhome rental for you, direct from local owners. It’s that easy to be on your way.