If you're new to motorhome camping, this page will get you started so you can truly enjoy your motorhome camping in New Zealand (or campervan, rv, mobile home, camper or whatever else you want to call it).
Depending on the specifications of your motorhome, camping could be referred to as glamping - a term we heard that refers to "glamorous camping" - that's what we do. Or you may love the "roughing it" experience. Whatever, you will find useful information and links on this page.
It seems like a straight forward question. However, self-contained campervans can overnight park in areas that you couldn't put up a tent, for example. So for motorhome camping there are more options than for other types of camping. Not all motorhomes/campervans can take advantage of the overnight parking allowances - you must have a self-contained vehicle to do so.
To read more on freedom camping, click here.
For more useful camping info visit the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association Inc click here
This is the Camping Care Code published by the Department of Conservation:
Be a careful camper and practice â€˜no traceâ€™ camping.
Toitu te whenua/leave the land undisturbed.
There are several options for motorhome camping in New Zealand. There are:
Facilities at regional council camps and DOC campsites are usually fairly basic which doesn't matter at all if you have a self-contained campervan/motorhome, because you will have your own hot water and power. You need to ensure you have a power system that allows you to be "off-grid" (not plugged in) - check that your campervan has extended life batteries and/or solar panels.
Don't be put off by the lack of facilities as the campsites run by DOC are often in the most beautiful settings and give you a true New Zealand camping experience - whether you're "roughing it" or "glamping". The same applies to some of the campsites run by regional councils.
To read about New Zealand holiday parks and campsites in more detail, click here.
For full information on the area you are planning on visiting for motorhome camping, visit the local visitor information centre (iSite) - click here.
This is what we think is ideal etiquette for campervan/motorhome camping: