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Camping is one of New Zealand’s most popular pastimes. A brief escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life that can be immensely rewarding for our health and wellbeing. However, planning and organizing everything beforehand can prove to be a stressful experience. Below is a carefully curated collection of essential camping equipment and resources that you can use to make sure you are best prepared for your next outdoor adventure!
Where to stay?DOC manages more than 200 campsites throughout New Zealand. They are places to relax, enjoy and explore the outdoors. Follow the links below to choose from forest settings, lakeshores and sandy beaches.
- To find a DOC hut see here.
- To stay at a DOC campsite see here.
- To book a DOC lodge or cabin see here.
What to do?
Take a walk through some of New Zealand’s most awe-inspiring landscapes on pristine walking tracks. The Great Walks pass through diverse and spectacular scenery. From native forests, lakes and rivers to rugged mountain peaks, deep gorges and vast valleys. Great Walks are accessible from major towns that are well serviced by local operators, accommodation, and transport providers.
Responsible freedom camping can be a popular choice for some New Zealand visitors; but while it is free of charge, it is not free of responsibility. Responsible freedom camping is camping in a tent, campervan or motor vehicle on public land, on a site with minimal or no facilities, such as toilets or showers. There are over 500 responsible freedom camping locations in New Zealand, each with different rules and regulations. However, there are some basic rules that all responsible freedom campers must follow.
- Dispose of rubbish responsibly. Respect the environment by taking away all waste, ensuring you leave the camping area clean for those who come afterwards.
- Keep New Zealand clean. Always use a public toilet or if you have one, the toilet in your vehicle.
- Protect our environment. Use recycling facilities whenever they are available to help protect our environment.
- Waste disposal station. If travelling in a motorhome, you must empty your toilet and waste water at the designated dump station. Look for signage or find your nearest public dump station here.
For more information on responsible freedom camping, see here.