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Best campsites on New Zealand’s North Island

Young family, father and mother with two children camping in a tent outdoors.

Lovely campsites with scenic views are scattered across New Zealand’s countryside. Pick up your New Zealand car rental from any one of NZ’s major cities, travel around and make sure you spend some time at these locations.

Here are five of the best campsites on New Zealand’s North Island.

Whakapapa Holiday Park
Set in the Togariro National Park, which is New Zealand’s oldest national park, you’ll find this idyllic camping ground nestled in a beech forest. Base yourself at the Whakapapa Holiday Park to explore the nearby Tongariro Alpine Crossing or the Tongariro Northen Circuit hiking trails.

Hot Water Beach Camping Ground
Hot Water Beach at Te Rata Bay is the country’s geothermal hotspot, where you can relax in an isolated natural hot spring. Nearby is a small camping ground, which has just 30 tent sites. You should book in advance to make sure you secure your peaceful camping trip away.

Broken Hills Campsite
Set beside the flowing Tairua River among native bush in the Coromandel region, Broken Hills Campsite is perhaps one of New Zealand’s most peaceful camping areas. It hosts 45 non-powered sites and from here you can explore many walking tracks, which contain traces of the area’s goldmining past. Stays at the park are decided on a first come, first served basis.

Fletcher Bay Campsite
The green, rolling hills that surround Fletcher Bay Campsite make a beautiful sight to wake up to in the morning, and equally lovely to admire in the evening when the sun sets over the bay. You’ll find few campsites in a farm setting quite like this one. It’s also a perfect location if the family’s keen on water sports, such as swimming, fishing and boating.

Anaura Bay Campsite
Stay one night at Anaura Bay and you won’t want to leave.This large campsite sits right next to a beautiful beach and a stream. Apart from the stunning coastal scenery, there are also several walking trails nearby. Campers are permitted to bring dogs along, and keep in mind the campsite is only open between Labour Weekend and Easter.


Brianna Piazza is an Australian television reporter and part-time travel blogger. Originally from Melbourne, she's currently living in Cairns where she works for WIN News and spends her weekends exploring the outdoors Far North Queensland.

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