Free Camping in NZ

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 18:27
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Can anyone give me any information on free camping in New Zealand either from personal experience or knowledge...I seem to be getting conflicting views on the matter..Thank you in anticipation...
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Reply By: Bushranger1 - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 20:16

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 20:16
G'day Rhonda,

Plenty of free camping on the South Island. Spent 3 weeks on the South island & only paid camp fees for 2 nights because we had to stay in Manapouri to take the full day trip to Doubtful sound.

I travel quite a bit there in my job but being a keen camper I always keep an eye out for potential free camps on my travels for when I come back on holiday. The North Island is more developed so from what I have seen is not great for free camping. Just be aware that the weather & sandflies in the south can make your life uncomfortable.
Take your time & enjoy. It's a very beautiful country & there are photo opportunities around every corner.

Cheers
Stu
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Follow Up By: RhondaW - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 00:24

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 00:24
Thank you for your help Stu. I do know about the sandflies, they got me there forty years ago.
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Follow Up By: Bushranger1 - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 16:42

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 16:42
No worries Rhonda.
I forgot to say also DO NOT feed the Kea's (Large Parrots) or you will regret it!
They will destroy everything in your camp. I saw a family do it last year & they had to pack up & leave camp as a consequence.
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Reply By: Member - reggy 2 (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 20:17

Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012 at 20:17
HI Can't tell you were they are but we traveled around the South and North Islands for five weeks and only stayed in Motor Parks as they call them over there a total of six days out of the five weeks .
While over there we spoke to a local he had been on the road 2 years and free camped all the time and was only 2 hrs away from his home,he also had a wood chip heater in his coaster bus.
We drove Motor homes ,some of the places we stopped at would surprise you.
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Follow Up By: RhondaW - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 00:28

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 00:28
Thank you also...,a wood chip heater in his coaster bus,.... sounds "different"or could be rather fool hardy.Cheers
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Follow Up By: Ray - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 08:38

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 08:38
I had a pot-belly stove in my c'van in the UK. No problems and we used to burn anthrosight (bet I spelt that wrong) and had no problems at all.
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Reply By: Member - novice - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 13:18

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 13:18
Hi we were in NZ North in August last year. It is not good news for free camping in the North Island. As usual it is the bad 2% that spoil it for rest of us. It appears to be a local council decision which is enforced by council and/or police. We only managed a couple of frees but found the Parkes both regional and national a good option. Similar to our NP with fees. I think once you move away from the main tourist area it maybe a little easier. We were lucky to have friends just north of Auckland which helped and they gave us to history of why free camping is not the go in their area. Can give you details for the area north of Auckland if that helps. Send an email if you like.
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Follow Up By: RhondaW - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 23:20

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 23:20
Thank you for your information, it all helps us get a feel about what to expect Cheers
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Reply By: Member Boroma 604 - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 17:29

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 17:29
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Gooday,
If this picture turns out it, is a MotorHome (or Motor Camper as they call them), we saw when there for a few weeks in 2007. They had Chimney with decent size wood heater, you can see the chimney above the roof.
They have what they call Park over Properties, (POP'S), which they pay about $5-00 per night for on private properties all through the both Islands. Think you have to be registered to use them though.
Also they can get a permit to stop in Auckland for free , I think up to 30 nights in row, costs $90-00 for a year, there are many designated sites available. They all, (Caravans & Motor Campers), have to have Grey Water tanks fitted over there at time of registration.
Australia could learn,& implement many of their ideas if the Bureaucrats would listen.
Cheers,
Boroma 604
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Follow Up By: RhondaW - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 23:23

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 23:23
What a incredible looking unit..thank you for your information,did read somewhere about staying on properties will check that one out ..Thanks
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