Image by Tom Hall via Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Image by Tom Hall via Flickr / CC BY 2.0

There’s no denying that New Zealand is home to some of the most scenic spots across the globe. With landscapes that rival those only imagined in dreams, you’ll be able to experience the “youngest countries on earth” through mountains that graze the heavens, stunning and sun-drenched beach escapes, graceful waterfalls and lively and bountiful reefs.

One of the best ways to discover New Zealand is outdoors. While freedom camping has become all the rage in the country and is one of the favourite pastimes for locals and tourists, there are several places and designated spots that are definitely worth the extra mile. We’ve listed down the five towns you can’t miss on your trip to NZ and this time, here is everything you need to know about camping in New Zealand including the some of the best places for freedom camping, useful information and what to expect when driving a campervan.

Discover through a drive!

There are several places of interest in NZ like its many National Parks, paradise-like beaches and wonderful campsites. One of our vehicle renters even said that because New Zealand is so beautiful, he and his wife have been “unable to isolate one single highlight” for their trip and “every time they thought the scenery or their experience could not be bettered, they would be stunned, either by pulling up at another beautiful spot, or simply by turning a corner in the road”.

With a motorhome, they were able to get the “freedom and flexibility to explore areas and have experiences that they may otherwise not have had”. With your motorhome rental from Cheapa, here are some of the best places you can drive to for freedom camping:


  • Image by Jeff Hitchcock via Flickr / CC BY 2.0

    Image by Jeff Hitchcock via Flickr / CC BY 2.0

    Mavora Lakes. The Mavora Lakes can be found in the South Island and are a combination of two lakes named the North Mavora and South Mavora. Here, you’ll get the chance to take the four-day  tramping trip, go trout fishing, water sports, horse trekking and even 4W-driving!


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    Image by macronix via Flickr / CC BY 2.0

    Kaiteriteri Beach. With golden sand made of quartz and mica, it’s hard not to want to dive in to the Kaiteriteri sapphire water. Here, you can hike, chat with locals, go kayaking and seal swimming or go to the nearby Abel Tasman National Park, found in the next photo.


  • Image by zwennie via Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

    Image by zwennie via Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

    Marahau. One of the most popular destinations in New Zealand for summer camping is Marahau. It doesn’t only have a stunning and picturesque beach, you can also book water taxis, set off for the Coastal Track or go kayaking. Helpful tip: if you’re staying overnight, you have to buy a hut or campsite ticket from the Department of Conservation or at the Motueka visitor’s centre.


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    Image by russellstreet via Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

    Coromandel Peninsula.  How could you not fall in love with Coromandel Peninsula with its pristine beaches, sun-kissed landscapes and lively forests? Go for a true adventure by skydiving in Whitianga or go kayaking in the coast! In the region, you can get a dose of these free activities and destinations such as New Chums, Hot Water Beach, The Pinnacles, Mount Paku and Cathedral Cove.


  • Image by paul bica  via Flickr / CC BY 2.0

    Image by paul bica via Flickr / CC BY 2.0

    Tekapo and Aoraki. Spend a night under the stars in Lake Tekapo and in the Aoraki/ Mt Cook Village. With a campervan hire from Cheapa, drive away to see the stars in the breathtaking Mackenzie high country night sky or go for a more affordable walk , you can take the Pines Beach Walk for great star gazing. In Aoraki, make sure you visit Lake Pukaki for even better views plus sunrise and sunset viewing opportunities.

Freedom camping has become one of the biggest fads in NZ but before you go on you self-drive adventure in New Zealand, here are a few things you need to know:

  1. freedom-camping-sign-100Freedom camping is allowed in most public locations except on areas with the sign (see left column) in the area.
  2. Make sure you book a self contained certified vehicle as these are the only ones allowed for freedom camping.self-contained-sign-100
  3. Do away with extra charges and camp only in allowed areas. This will save you from the possibility of $200 infringement fee!
  4. Most camping locations have no waste disposal systems so make sure you are responsible for what you bring in and out of the campsites.
  5. When in doubt about freedom camping in New Zealand or if you have further questions you can visit

Whether you’re travelling to or located in the North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui) or in the South Island (Te Waipounamu), we have branches to get your campervan rental for in Auckland and Christchurch respectively. Get going now and book a great self-drive holiday!

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