New Zealand Camping Guide

New Zealand Camping Guide
New Zealand acts as an island paradise for campers, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts escaping from urban life. From the isolated forests of the Northlands to the luxurious holiday parks of Auckland, travelers must find the right camping locations for their tastes. Your camping excursion in New Zealand cannot get started without finding parks and sites near your destinations. Campgrounds that highlight the valleys, forests and outdoor activities are offered throughout New Zealand.

Waikanae Beach Holiday Park

Waikanae Beach Holiday Park is located in Gisborne along New Zealand's northeastern coast. The park features 24 cabins and 146 powered camping sites to accommodate campers of all types. Guests at Waikanae Beach Holiday Park rent surfboards and boogie boards to catch some waves along Poverty Bay. The park offers easy access to swimming, boating and fishing along the bay with a number of waterfront sites. Additional amenities at Waikanae Beach Holiday Park include gas barbecues, mountain bike rentals and a playground for kids.

Waikanae Beach Holiday Park
Grey Street
Gisborne, New Zealand
011 (+64) 06 867 5634

The Chalets Holiday Park

The Chalets Holiday Park offers 10 acres of camping sites in the rural town of Cromwell in central Otago. This park is a central meeting point for swimmers heading to Lake Dustan and adventurers heading to Kawarau Gorge to find gold. The Chalets Holiday Park is within an hour's drive of four ski mountains in the Queenstown area, including Coronet and Cardrona. Campers enjoy access to three fully stocked kitchens connected to a large fenced-in camping area.

The Chalets Holiday Park
102 Barry Ave.
Cromwell, New Zealand
011 (+64) 03 445 1260

Ahipara Holiday Park

Travelers looking to camp near Ninety Mile Beach in New Zealand reserve sites at Ahipora Holiday Park. Guests at Ahipara Holiday Park enjoy sand surfing on area dunes, surfing along Shipwreck Bay and treks along the beach by horse. Ahipara Holiday Park is located near the Kaitara Links Golf Course as well as the picturesque Cape Reinga. This park offers wireless Internet access and flat ground from its standard campsites. Ahipara Holiday Park also rents two-bedroom park motels with TV/DVD players, spacious bathrooms and personal laundry rooms.

Ahipara Holiday Park
168 Takahe St.
Ahipara, New Zealand
011 (+64) 09 409 4864

Tawanui Campsite

The New Zealand Department of Conservation operates the Tawanui Campsite near Catlins Forest Park in Queensland. Campers choose from 60 tent sites on the edge of the national forest park complete with running water, recycling bins and limited electricity. The Catlins River Track offers hikers and runners hours of enjoyment as it winds through this secluded park. Anglers heading to the Catlins River for afternoon fishing trips observe New Zealand beech trees and native birds surrounding their positions.

Tawanui Campsite
Catlins Road
Tahatika, New Zealand
011 (+64) 03 442 7935

Article Written By Nicholas Katers

Nicholas Katers has been a freelance writer since 2006. He teaches American history at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis. His past works include articles for "CCN Magazine," "The History Teacher" and "The Internationalist" magazine. Katers holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in American history from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, respectively.

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