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Best campsites on New Zealand’s South Island

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Across New Zealand’s South Island you’re bound to find some of the world’s most beautiful campsites. Make sure you pick up your DriveNow hire vehicle from one of New Zealand’s major cities and travel around the countryside to spend some time at these lovely locations.

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

Te Anau Holiday Park
A stay at the Te Anau Holiday Park should be on the top of every traveller’s list. The park is set on the shores of Lake Te Anau’s crystal blue water and surrounded by the stunning Kepler mountains. It’s a tranquil location with many options to explore nearby natural attractions, including the cascading Oneroa Falls, glow-worm caves and Milford Sound.

Bay of Many Coves Campsite
The name says it all. At the Bay of Many Coves Campsite, you’re treated to views of gorgeous coves along with lush forests. There’s no drive in access to this campsite, making it even more special. However, it is accessible via the Queen Charlotte Track, which stretches 70km from the historic Ship Cove to Anakiwa. The site operates on a first come first served basis.

Franz Josef TOP 10 Holiday Park
Explore New Zealand’s majestic Glacier Country from this quiet, rural camping ground. Exciting activities, such as whitewater rafting, ice-climbing, horse-riding and hiking, are all found within just 10 minutes of camp. Not to mention a tour of the incredible Franz Josef Glacier. People who stay here say they leave with lifelong memories.

Kinloch Campsite
At Kinloch Campsite, travellers get to camp on the shores of New Zealand’s longest lake, Lake Wakatipu. It’s a small campsite, with just 15 non-powered tent sites, but this adds to its special appeal. Swim or fish on the lake, which is surrounded by stunning snow-capped mountains. Kinloch Campsite is the perfect place to stay so you can relax and take in nature’s beauty.

Angelus Hut Campsite
Surrounded by alpine wilderness and close to Lake Angelus, this campsite allows you to admire the very best of nature. Angelus Hut Campsite is a six hour walk from Mt Robert Carpark and is only accessible by foot. Here, you’ll feel at peace in the middle of New Zealand’s wild country. Bookings are required during the peak season (late November until the end of April).

BRIANNA PIAZZA

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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