Can I Park My Campervan Anywhere In New Zealand?

Can I Park My Campervan Anywhere In New Zealand?

Written by mighway

New Zealand is one of the most beautiful destinations to travel. Campervan hire is a great way to explore this spectacular place too. You’re untethered from your daily routine and free to explore the scenic, winding roads of New Zealand. But, before you go, make sure you know where you can park your campervan rental in New Zealand.

National Parks

Throughout New Zealand, you will find national parks which are managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC). There are 168 DOC campsites where you can park your campervan, and the level of amenities can vary depending on the campsite’s DOC classification — basic, backcountry, standard, scenic or serviced.

These basic campsites are free of charge, but your amenities are toilets and water from a tank, stream or lake. By contrast, serviced campsites offer a range of facilities, including flushing toilets, showers, laundry facilities, rubbish bins and tap water.

If you are still unsure if DOC campsites are for you, you can look into their information on choosing a park campsite. They also offer a great read on camping code and how to “leave the land undisturbed.”

Holiday Parks

We understand that national parks might not be for you, so campervan friendly holiday parks are a great alternative. These can be a little pricier than a DOC campsite, but they offer more upscale amenities, such as swimming pools, TV lounges, hot showers, kitchen areas, shops and laundry facilities.

If you’re travelling with children, holiday parks can be a great choice. Holiday parks offer great playgrounds which help to keep the wee ones occupied too. Many of the parks are pet-friendly, too, in case your four-legged companion is on holiday with you.

Most holiday parks offer fantastic views too. Check out the holiday parks to see the range of accommodations.

Freedom Camping

Freedom camping does not mean that you can camp wherever you want, and each region in New Zealand has its own rules. Areas where freedom camping is allowed will be clearly marked. Environmental responsibility is a Kiwi priority so be respectful and remember to “leave no trace.”

If you’re renting a campervan and want to freedom camp, make sure the vehicle is certified “self-contained.” Only vehicles with this designation can legally do so. Before you decide to freedom camp, make sure you know the rules. Though it’s free, breaking the laws can be costly.

Park Over Property

If you are in search of something a little different, try Park Over Property (POP). This is a small network of approximately 2,000 privately owned properties where self-contained campervans can stay for a small fee. The properties — which include farms, businesses, historic sites and golf clubs — are registered with the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association. Contact them for a listing of available sites.

Start planning your amazing campervan adventure now. At Mighway, we make campervan hire in New Zealand easy. Contact us today and let your open-road journey begin!