NZ campsites are not hard to find, by any means and they are a great option for the budget conscious traveler. Because of the massive amount of untamed and unclaimed land in New Zealand, camping adventures are a very popular choice for vacationers.
The first step in planning your New Zealand outdoor adventure is deciding on which parts of New Zealand you want to see. There are campsites in almost every town around the country, so you really are not limited as to where to go to. Arriving into New Zealand from an international destination will most likely see you arrive in either Auckland or Christchurch Airports. Each of these places are great to start your trip from as Auckland is in the north island and Christchurch is in the south.
There are many popular NZ campsites. People love visiting the countryside, the mountains, lakes, and other landscapes through the country that are natural and untouched because there are not many places in the world that still have so much untouched beauty. There are great hiking trails, driving tours, sights to see, scenic places to visit, and plenty of other activities to do while on holiday in New Zealand. Being outdoors, in fact, is one of the best ways to see the country if you ask most travelers who come to the country.
Here are some camping holiday ideas in the North Island:
Coromandel – This region is home to the popular Whangamata and Whitianga and the popular Hot Water Beach – where you can dig your own spa pool in the sand! For those looking for a little bit of adventure, kayaking the breathtaking coastline and visiting Cathedral Cove is a must do! This region offers plenty in terms of scenery too – beaches, forests and townships to wander through.
Waikato – The Waitomo Caves, the popular surfing destination of Raglan and Taupo, famous for having the largest freshwater lake in Australasia, are all located within this region. Each offering something a little bit different. The caves allow for abseiling and black water rafting, while Taupo lets you enjoy anything from adrenalin pumping activities such as skydiving and white water rafting through to trout fishing and spa treatments.
Taranaki – Home to one of New Zealands famous mountains – Mt Taranaki (aka Mt Egmont), Taranaki consists of a main center, New Plymouth and many smaller farming towns such as Eltham. There is no shortage of coastline views in this area either, towns such as Opunake provide a great place to stop and enjoy the contrasting scenery.
And in the south island:
Marlborough – The Marlborough Sounds provide some great locations in smaller hidden bays. If you were to travel from the north island to the south, you can catch the ferry from Wellington into Picton, which is one of the main centers of the Marlborough regions. Within Marlborough are the Queen Charlotte Sound which provide a great walking track too.
Canterbury – Christchurch is the main city in this region and offers some great history to explore. If you are wanting somewhere a little more quaint, try areas such Ashburton or Gerladine, with their great craft shops and gardens these are great relaxing places to stop.
Southern Lakes – Queenstown, Wanaka and Fiordland – all very popular in both summer and winter months. Whether it's water activities or snow activities you want to participate in, this is your region.
NZ campsites are typically filled 3-6 months in advance during peak seasons and even during the off season at some of the most popular destinations in New Zealand. That means that you should plan well ahead so that you can get your ideal location and ensure that you will not get into a campsite that is overbooked and miss out. You should check out other travelers' reviews, information about campsites and nearby towns and activities, and the costs of staying at various campsites throughout the country. Taking the time to educate yourself will result in a much better holiday than if you wait until the last minute or book accommodations without checking out your options.
The world's main cities do offer plenty of sights to see and things to do, but outdoor adventures are far more enjoyable and popular in New Zealand. Make sure that you take the time to plan your holiday accordingly so that you can get the ideal NZ campsites and accommodation that you want. If you are looking for the best holiday adventures, you will be hard pressed to find a destination that is better than New Zealand for affordable and adventurous holidays.