Ah, freedom! We all love the sound of it and in New Zealand, this much loved ideal is often paired with the idea of camping. With over 500 freedom camping locations throughout the country, finding one of these cheap/free places to bring the NZ rental campervan is easy. Just remember, the campsites exist because of campers who are willing to respect the land and keep it clean, so you should remember to do the same on your next campervan hire trip around New Zealand.
Located on the south island, The Pines is a spot situated right on the banks of Lake Pukaki. Previous campers rave about the views of Mount Cook and the Southern Alps and the lake itself is an endless source of beauty. There are no camping costs or facilities and the area is full of options for camp sites so bring the campervan rental and take your pick.
Another south island gem, Monkey Island allows freedom campers for up to 28 days at a time. Nestled behind the beach near the township of Orepuki, the site is free but also provides toilets, trash cans and fire pits. The beach has been spoken of fondly by visitors and has great lookout points and sunset views.
North Egmont Carparks
Right by Egmont National Park, this north island site is popular with those taking campervan hire trips in New Zealand. Besides the stunning mountainous views and former volcanoes, there is a visitor center which displays the Maori and European history of the mountains. Grab a map from the on-site café and check out the views of the Taranaki coast.
Clifton Road Reserve
Perfect for those looking for beautiful scenery with the comforts of being in town. Park the camper rental on the beach, wake up to ocean sunrises or take a short walk over to the local pub and fish and chip shop. Check out the surf spots and nearby winery too!
On a campervan hire journey around New Zealand, freedom camping is an excellent way to see the countryside, enjoy the natural sites and do it all on a budget.
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