Camping in New Zealand is an adventure of a lifetime. Whether hiking or road tripping, you’re bound to take in some of the most beautiful sights in the world. The landscapes are very different on both islands so the more time you can spend exploring, the better. Fortunately, the country is dotted with campsites all throughout so you never have to travel far to find a place to settle down for the night. Popular areas include Marahau, Coromandel Peninsula, Kaiteriteri Beach, and the Mavora Lakes so you may want to book your place there in advance to avoid disappointment.
In certain parts you’re allowed to camp in areas that haven’t been designated for that purpose although the government and local authorities are trying to crack down on this due to the environmental impact people inevitably cause. This is related to the incorrect disposal of rubbish, and human waste. Fines for setting up camp in prohibited areas are high so beware and be respectful to nature.
What to Bring
Use your common sense when packing for your camping trip in New Zealand. It’s definitely not a fashion show. Locals and fellow tourists are very used to seeing people in outdoor gear. Buy practical garments like fleeces, thermals, waterproof jackets, hiking boots, and zip off trousers depending on the season.
If you intend on hiking a lot, bring a sturdy backpack with support panels and chest and waist belts to ease the load on your shoulders.
To protect yourself from the sun, bring a high strength sunscreen lotion, and a hat with a wide brim.
Insects aren’t uncommon in New Zealand so a repellent spray or cream is another must.
Since New Zealand really isn’t new to camping, the tourism and rental industries have developed to make it very easy for travellers to rent equipment on the spot, without having to pay for expensive transfers.
To travel in style and comfort, rent a camper van. This is a great choice for the elderly who can no longer sleep comfortably in a tent. Caravan rental is available from various companies. Most will welcome you at the country’s major airports. Be sure to consult the user manual closely so you know exactly how and where to dispose of waste, refuel the vehicle etc.
In certain areas it may even be possible to hire a tent. Check websites such as Hire It Now to find out.
Most of us enjoy certain creature comforts even while out travelling. Generator hire in New Zealand is easily sorted, and will let you use your electronics while out and about. Imagine how romantic it would be to watch a movie under the stars on a beach in New Zealand!