After realizing that New Zealand is best explored by road, you have rented a motorhome and are now wondering, “Where do I park this thing?” The romance of visiting New Zealand atop of four wheels is no secret to the locals and to accommodate all the road warriors out there, they have set up ample places for camping. Whether they are pay by night campgrounds or cost free camp sites, you will not find a shortage of places to give your engine a rest.
Free camping is exactly what it sounds like, free. Also referred to as “Freedom Camping,” these sites offer no hook ups and typically have little to no facilities. Although you have some freedom, this doesn’t mean that anywhere you feel like parking becomes a free camping site. Aside from researching your destination online, you can pop into Department of Conservation centers and local information centers to learn more about finding these designated camp sites.
Department of Conservation Camps
This division of government is in charge of over 200 camping areas that are open to the public and located on conservation land around New Zealand. They can be found in some of the country’s most scenic locations and typically are run on a basis of trust, without an overseeing grounds manager. These sites range by three different levels and depending on what you choose will be open to motorhome rentals, tents and vans. The level of facilities as well as the price also depends on which one you choose.
Holiday Parks and Campgrounds
These grounds are run commercially and provide a comfortable setting with full facilities available. These typically include tents as well as powered and unpowered motor home sites. Commercial sites tend to be a bit pricier than others because they often offer communal kitchens, bathrooms, places to wash clothes and swimming pools.
If you are planning for a motorhome hire tour in New Zealand, you should feel confident that there will be no shortage of places for you to park your motor home. Stick to one option or try out all three to see which one you like the best.
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