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Proximity to AttractionsHandy to the river for fishing and boating and a short drive to some of the mining attractions.
Nearest Supplies/TownLocated almost in the centre of the small village there is a basic shop right here otherwise a decent drive to the nearest supermarket.
Ground SurfaceDespite quite a bit of rain it was still reasonably firm and dry. Very level with cheap power.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationFresh water right here on site but a bit of a drive to get to the nearest dump station at Blackball.
Outlook from CampIn the local domain but not much to see from the camp other than the sports fields.
Noise during Day and NightWith the main highway running next to the camp the noise is there 24/7 but not so bad as to effect your sleep.
Cellphone SignalA bit patchy
Walking/Cycling TracksNothing in the village and a bit of a drive to the nearest ones.
Laundry FacilitiesFree use of the washing machine included in the camp fees. No dryer but washing lines are in the camp.
Toilets/ShowersVery clean toilet and showers that are included in the camp fees. Also with really well equipped kitchen.
A handy place to stop not a lot to do here but a great value camping area.
Auckland – Z Pier
Proximity to AttractionsAs close as you can get in Auckland to all the attractions of the downtown waterfront area.
Nearest Supplies/TownJust a very short walk to New World and all the cafe's and restaurants in the Viaduct area.
Ground SurfaceFirm flat level asphalt, not much good for putting out an awning but space doesn't allow that anyway.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationDump right on site but there doesn't appear to be any access to fresh water.
Outlook from CampVery pretty with the boats and harbour in the background although you are parked in a carpark.
Noise during Day and NightVery noisy.
Cellphone SignalExcellent coverage
Walking/Cycling TracksGood walking and cycling around the waterfront area with the cycle track going all the way out to St Heliers at the end of the waterfront.
Toilets/ShowersNice clean toilets onsite that are serviced on a regular basis. Showers available with approval of the local security.
Cost of StayI Think $20 per day to stay in downtown Auckland is cheap even if you are camped in a carpark.
Very handy place to stay if you wanted to visit some of the gulf islands or experience the waterfront area of Auckland.
Auckland – Ardmore NZMCA Park
Proximity to AttractionsIt's hard to be handy to everywhere in Auckland when it's such a big place. So lets say that this is a handy base to set out from.
Nearest Supplies/TownIt's about 5 kms to the main shopping centre of Papakura with not much in the immediate surrounding area so come prepared.
Ground SurfaceFirm gravel area, almost level in most places.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationWater onsite with a couple of taps. The nearest dump station is about 3 kms away in Bruce Pullman Park.
Outlook from CampPleasant rural outlook especially if you get the "window seat" overlooking the runway. Lots to look at.
Noise during Day and NightOther than the quiet bussing of the planes in the background it was surprisingly quiet.
Cellphone SignalStrong signal.
Walking/Cycling TracksNothing formal but you could go for quite a nice walk or ride around the airfield and the sports grounds at Bruce Pullman park are only a few kms away.
Another quality spot from the NZMCA with plenty of room in a really nice place.
Auckland – Barn Paddock
Proximity to AttractionsHandy to both the water with access to either the inner harbour beaches or the wild west coast. Also right on the bush line.
Nearest Supplies/TownWith a dairy a couple of kms away it's 15kms to the shops at Titirangi and 20kms to the full shopping centre in New Lynn.
Ground SurfaceGravel in the carpark on a gentle slope and rather uneven grassed area beyond the fence.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationWater on site with boil water notice nearest dump station is in Te Atatu around 30kms away
Outlook from CampVery pretty bush and sea outlook
Noise during Day and NightWell set back from the road in the bush so other than the noise from the birds it's very peaceful.
Cellphone SignalGood signal
Walking/Cycling TracksAlmost all of the walking tracks are currently closed due to the Kauri die back issues
Looks like a great place to stay, But access would be difficult here if you have a low riding campervan due to the condition of the driveway.
Auckland – Bruce Pulman Park
Proximity to AttractionsHandy to the train station and close to the nearby shops in Papakura
Nearest Supplies/TownPapakura is nearby and a couple of Daries within walking distance
Ground SurfaceFirm level area, but it is a carpark
Proximity to Water/Dump StationRight there onsite
Outlook from CampA bit bleak in the carpark but a nice view of the large sports grounds that make up this park.
Noise during Day and NightThere is a main road nearby and the road noise is a bit of a drone in the background.
Cellphone SignalGood strong signal.
Walking/Cycling TracksNothing formal and the road is very busy so probably wouldn't want to cycle. Good walking around the sports fields though.
Handy to Papakura and reasonably close to the motorway. probably an OK stop for a day or two but I would rather be at the NZMCA camp in Ardmore
Auckland – Cornwallis
Proximity to AttractionsRight on the water and close to the walking tracks of the Waitakere ranges.
Nearest Supplies/TownA dairy is just a short drive away but the real shops are in New Lynn 20 kms away.
Ground SurfaceHard firm level car park
Proximity to Water/Dump StationNo water on site and nearest dump station is 30kms away in Te Atatu
Outlook from CampVery pretty on the water with the bush behind you.
Noise during Day and NightBecause you are staying in the car park for the beach it could get a little noisy with people coming and going during the day.
Cellphone SignalGood Signal
Walking/Cycling TracksCurrently most of the walking tracks in the Waitakere ranges are closed due to Kauri die back issues but a good walk along the beach at low tide.
An all weather regional park that would make a nice place to stay even if you are limited to one night.
Cameron Flat – Haast Pass – DOC Camp
Proximity to AttractionsClose and handy to a number of the tourist walks in the Haast Pass area
Nearest Supplies/TownMake sure you are well stocked as nothing nearby and a long way back or forward to the nearest shops.
Ground SurfaceBasically you are parking in an asphalt carpark that's not very level so no mud to worry about but you will need something to level yourself.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationWater onsite (boil water notice) and a long way to the nearest dump station but there are flush toilets onsite.
Outlook from CampVery nice view of the mountains and river below the camp.
Noise during Day and NightRather noisy during the day but as almost no traffic at night quiet at night. You are very near the road here.
Cellphone SignalNone and it's a long way in either direction to get signal.
Walking/Cycling TracksLots of really good walks nearby from short ones for beginners right through to much tougher tracks for experienced trampers.
A handy place to stay and a good base for getting around some of what the Haast Pass has to offer.
Collingwood – Old School Cafe
Proximity to AttractionsRather remote place to stay but really handy if you are looking to make the journey to Farewell Spit
Nearest Supplies/TownThe camp is 25 kms out of Collingwood so it would certainly pay to stock up on supplies before arrival. There is a store across the road at the campground.
Ground SurfaceNice firm campsite with power available at only $10 per night per vehicle a bargain.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationWater available on site with permission of the owner, limited during summer. Nearest dump station 25kms away.
Outlook from CampA rural outlook with the hills behind the camp however no glimpse of the sea.
Noise during Day and NightVery quiet during our visit even though it's quite close to the road there is not much traffic. Although it's probably a lot busier in summer.
Cellphone SignalEnough for phone calls but not enough to use my phone as a modem for internet.
Walking/Cycling TracksThere are no tracks next to the camp but a nice walk along the beach or drive up to farewell spit for plenty of good walks.
We enjoyed our time here. You can if you want eat at the Cafe but it was closed during our visit. (winter trading)
Franz Josef – NZMCA – Camp
Proximity to AttractionsWalking distance to town. A short drive or cycle to the glacier and other attractions.
Nearest Supplies/TownLess than a 1 km walk into the village.
Ground SurfaceFirm Level Gravel but you can still put up an awning if you want.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationRight there in the camp.
Outlook from CampHills and Mountains in the background with a view of the glacier if the clouds lift
Noise during Day and NightClose to the main road but quieter than we expected maybe the trees around the camp absorb the noise.
Cellphone SignalGood Signal
Walking/Cycling TracksYou can cycle or walk all the way to the Glacier where there is a shed to lock up your bike and then walk the glacier
Probably one of the best NZMCA Camps that we stayed at so close to everything and very pretty outlook from the camp.
French Pass – DOC
Proximity to AttractionsIf you are into the beach, fishing, boating and walking then this camp is the place for you. Right on the water.
Nearest Supplies/TownWith the local store now closed it's 50kms to the nearest supplies and 100 to the nearest supermarket. Make sure you are well stocked.
Ground SurfaceIt was a little muddy when we were there but flat sites if a little small for a 9 metre motorhome.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationWater on site but must be boiled prior to drinking and the nearest dump station is 70kms away
Outlook from CampJust absolutely wonderful
Noise during Day and NightNone except the lapping of the waves what more could you ask.
Cellphone SignalGood strong 4g signal
Walking/Cycling TracksNo cycling tracks unless you wanted to ride the road (not recommended) but a couple of decent walks through bush and around the lighthouse.
FishingCaught a couple of Blue Cod from the rocks but also lost quite a few hooks/sinkers getting snagged.
Access Road22kms of very narrow mostly gravel road along the top of a cliff. Not recommended for travel on a windy day or those not confident with their vehicle on gravel.
A really nice small camp with only 16 spaces so bookings are essential during summer. Much to offer if you like the simple things in life.
Goldsborough DOC – Camp
Proximity to AttractionsGold panning right on site together with a couple of decent tramping tracks.
Nearest Supplies/TownNothing close to the camp with a drive into Greymouth or Hokitika for supplies.
Ground SurfaceA sandy/rocky surface free of mud after lots of rain but most of the camp is on a gentle slope.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationA boil water notice for onsite water and a drive to either Hokitika or Greymouth for the dump station.
Outlook from CampA really nice bush setting with mountains in the distance.
Noise during Day and NightVery quiet except the Weka's calling during the night.
Cellphone SignalNon existant unless you walk to the top of the hill above the camp.
Walking/Cycling TracksVery tough tramping tracks up the hills around the camp you need to be fit to tackle these.
A Typical DOC camp set in native bush. Worthwhile place to stay for a couple of days.
Hamner Springs NZMCA – Camp
Proximity to AttractionsLocated 7 kms from the village it's to far to walk and the road to narrow to cycle leaving the only choice as taking the motorhome
Nearest Supplies/TownAgain you need to make the trip into the village to secure supplies if you haven't brought them with you, you cannot walk to the local dairy.
Ground SurfaceDespite a lot of rain it was still firm underfoot if a little muddy in places.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationA nice clean dump station about 3 kms up the road the only drawback was the push button on the fresh water tap.
Outlook from CampReally nice view of the mountains and hills surrounding the camp only slightly let down by the main road in front of the camp.
Noise during Day and NightDespite the main road running directly in front of the camp noise during the night wasn't to bad but lots of noise during the day.
Cellphone SignalCoverage was OK
Walking/Cycling TracksNothing next to the camp but a really nice walk up the hill at the top of town. There is also mountain biking here as well.
A handy place to stay that would be a lot better if it was closer to the town or more accessible by walking or cycling.
Hokitika NZMCA – Camp
Proximity to AttractionsClose to the town the Cycle trail runs right past the gate. It's really handy.
Nearest Supplies/TownJust a short walk or drive across the bridge and you are in Hokitika and all the shops you could need.
Ground SurfaceFirm flat gravel surface - Easy camping.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationNo water or dump onsite it's a drive to the otherside of town to get to the public dump that also has water.
Outlook from CampA pleasant view across farm fields to the beach.
Noise during Day and NightLocated right next to the road so the traffic noise can get a little much.
Cellphone SignalDecent signal.
Walking/Cycling TracksThe West Coast Wilderness Trail runs right past the gate and it's a really nice ride/walk in either direction.
Really handy NZMCA camp would be just about perfect if there was water/dump onsite
Iveagh Bay – Lake Brunner
Proximity to AttractionsRight on the water for boating and fishing with the tramping tracks right behind the camp.
Nearest Supplies/TownNothing in the small village but a short drive into Moana for basic supplies or a drive to the major shops in Greymouth.
Ground SurfaceTar sealed large flat area
Proximity to Water/Dump StationNo water on site and the nearest dump station is probably in Blackball a fair drive from the camp.
Outlook from CampVery pretty lake view surrounded by bush and hills.
Noise during Day and NightAbsolutely one of the quietest places we stayed.
Cellphone SignalPatchy from time to time almost no signal then good signal at other times. depends where you stood or parked.
Walking/Cycling TracksA bit of a tough walking track behind the camp with the village also being a pleasant place to walk/cycle.
Toilets/ShowersNo showers but really clean toilets that are serviced on a regular basis.
Cost of StayPayment by donation so could be as cheap or as expensive as you wanted
A really nice place to stay well looked after and managed by the local council. They ask for a donation as payment.
Gore – A&P Showgrounds
Proximity to AttractionsReally handy to town with an easy walk to all main shops.
Nearest Supplies/TownNew World is only about 1 km away with other stores even closer.
Ground SurfaceFirm and flat whilst we visited and with hard stand for winter a surface for all times of the year.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationWater and the dump station right on site with water available from multiple sources.
Outlook from CampLooking across the A&P showgrounds with it's gardens and sports fields was very pleasant.
Noise during Day and NightNot so good here being right next to the main trunk line so the train sounds are quite loud during the night. Also a gym woke us at 6.30am.
Cellphone SignalGood reception.
Walking/Cycling TracksThere are no walking or cycle tracks in the area but we did walk extensively around the town.
A really nice camp that is well used by the Motorhome community and very well priced at $5 per night or $10 per night with power. Plenty of space would recommend.
Kerikeri – NZMCA Camp
Proximity to AttractionsHandy to town, the Rainbow Falls, a really nice walk and the Stone Store is just down the road.
Nearest Supplies/TownIt's a 20 minute walk to Waipapa for the nearest supplies or a short drive into Kerikeri for almost everything you might need.
Ground SurfaceFlat with scoria laid in a large area to create winter parking
Proximity to Water/Dump StationNo water or dump station on site it's a drive into Kerikeri for this but the fresh water tap is a push button with really slow flow.
Outlook from CampNice bush surroundings with a very nice camp garden complete with fruit trees.
Noise during Day and NightVery Quiet as very little traffic up and down the road.
Cellphone SignalGood signal
Walking/Cycling TracksA Really nice walking track right next to the camp down to the Stone Store
Other than the lack of fresh water it's one of the nicest NZMCA camps we have been to.
Lake Lyndon Freedom Camp
Proximity to AttractionsHandy to the boating activities on the lake in front of the camp and a short distance back to the local ski fields.
Nearest Supplies/TownMake sure you are well stocked as there are no local shops and it's a long way for a bottle of milk.
Ground SurfaceHard gravel surface but very few level places. It would take more than a couple of chocks to get level in some places here.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationNo water or dump station with the nearest being at Darfield and it's even further to get fresh water.
Outlook from CampVery pretty lake and mountain views.
Noise during Day and NightNoisy from the highway located next to the camp.
Cellphone SignalNon existent.
Walking/Cycling TracksA nice walk around the lake
This would be a really nice place to stay in summer but you would need to get in early to beat all the freedom campers using the place.
Lake Mahinapua – DOC Camp
Proximity to AttractionsBoating/Fishing/Swimming/Cycling all right here on the doorstep.
Nearest Supplies/TownMake sure you stock up before visiting here as no supplies nearby with the nearest shops in Hokitika.
Ground SurfaceFirm level (in most places) ground with a peak of the lake from the main camping area.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationWater onsite but with a boil water notice nearest dump station is in Hokitika 12kms away.
Outlook from CampA view of the lake as well as the mountains and bush in the background very pretty.
Noise during Day and NightReally Quiet
Cellphone SignalAlmost none, just weak enough for the occasional text
Walking/Cycling TracksRight next to the West Coast Wilderness Trail that you can either walk or cycle. Also short walks located next to the camp.
A pretty DOC camp in pleasant surroundings with onsite toilets and a shower block
Lake Paringa – DOC Camp
Proximity to AttractionsRight on the water for boating/fishing/swimming
Nearest Supplies/TownNo supplies nearby either back in Haast or Franz Josef so arrive well prepared.
Ground SurfaceFirm gravel/river sand but very little space for larger motorhomes 7 metres is probably pushing it. we where very lucky to find a larger spot.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationWater from the river alongside the camp (Boil first) and dump station in either Franz Josef or Haast.
Outlook from CampIf you can get a lakeside spot it's absolutely gorgeous
Noise during Day and NightReally quiet
Cellphone SignalNo signal here.
Walking/Cycling TracksNo walking tracks at the camp but there are a couple within a short driving distance.
If you do stay here make sure you bring sandfly repellent. Other than that a really nice place to stay.
Mahinepua Paid Camp
Proximity to AttractionsIf your coming for the fishing, swimming and boating then being right on the water this place ticks all the boxes.
Nearest Supplies/TownThere are no shops here with the nearest being the dairy at Matauri Bay or into Waipapa for decent shops.
Ground SurfaceReally good all weather camp with mostly flat surface mud free.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationA long drive into Kerikeri so make sure you arrive with water full and waste tanks empty
Outlook from CampVery very pretty beach and bay right in front of you. Nothing to obstruct the view.
Noise during Day and NightNothing but the lapping of the waves onto the beach very peaceful.
Cellphone SignalA bit patchy at times
Walking/Cycling TracksA good walk along the peninsula
A very nice camp but you must phone prior to arrival and you cannot stay if you have not done so. Very cheap with payment by koha (donation)
Manganese Point NZMCA – Camp
Proximity to AttractionsIt's a bit remote with not much here other than fishing from the shoreline or a walk along the coast.
Nearest Supplies/TownA 15 minute drive into the nearest shops so make sure you have what you need as it's to far to walk.
Ground SurfaceLimited amount of spaces but all with water views on hard firm gravel.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationNo water on site so top up at the nearest dump station in Whangarei about 30 minutes away.
Outlook from CampReally pleasant view from almost every space in the camp over Whangarei harbour towards the refinery, worth coming just for this.
Noise during Day and NightVery quiet just a small amount of noise drifting down to the camp from the road above
Cellphone SignalDecent signal
Walking/Cycling TracksNo tracks here but you can walk along the rocks/waterfront at low tide.
Despite what might seem a low score on my ratings system we enjoyed our time here, fishing and walking.
Marble Hill – Springs Junction DOC – Camp
Proximity to AttractionsIf you are here for the bush walking or mountain scenery then this is the place.
Nearest Supplies/TownMake sure you are well provisioned as the nearest shops are a decent drive away in Reefton or Hamner Springs.
Ground SurfacePlenty of flat level surfaces to camp either close to or under the local bush
Proximity to Water/Dump StationA boil water notice and a very long way to the nearest dump station so arrive full of water with empty waste tanks. Although there are toilets on site.
Outlook from CampStunning mountain and bush views
Noise during Day and NightThe further you camp away from the road the quieter it will be. Very peaceful were we camped.
Walking/Cycling TracksVery pretty walk to Lake Daniels at just over 2 hours each way with a number of shorter walks around the area.
A real retreat and a chance to experience bush camping as it once was.
Motueka – NZMCA Camp
Proximity to AttractionsReally handy to the local walkways and the Great Taste Cycleway runs past the camp. The local cinema is across the road and the beach a 500 metre walk.
Nearest Supplies/TownNew World and Countdown are an easy walk 1.5km walk into town both with tons of parking nearby if you need to take the camper.
Ground SurfaceSadly a rather muddy mess on both instances we visited. However I understand that they are planning to hard surface an area shortly.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationWater right on site with a couple of taps located around the camp. The dump station is a 1.5km drive away.
Outlook from CampRather an industrial setting with a big fruit packing shed right next door but this is offset by the local community gardens and the hills behind town.
Noise during Day and NightRather a drone coming all day and night from the packing/refrigeration sheds next door to the camp.
Cellphone SignalGood coverage
Walking/Cycling TracksRight there next to the camp either around the lagoon or ride to Nelson or Kaiteriri
A well placed camp that suffers a little in it's score from the packing sheds next door but a great place to stay.
Ocean Beach Freedom – Camp
Proximity to AttractionsRight next to the beach with great swimming. Set also at the start of the walk to Urquharts Bay 5-6 hours or just do part by walking to the old radar station.
Nearest Supplies/TownBasic supplies back at Parua Bay about a 20 minute drive then full shopping in Whangarei 40 minutes away.
Ground SurfaceA 2 because the space is so small. The sign says max length 10 metres I would say it would be more like 6 as they are just car park spaces.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationBack in Whangarei so come full of water and empty of waste.
Outlook from CampIt would be much nicer if there was just a peak of the sea but sadly it's just a bit far back for that. Good views of the hills around the camp.
Noise during Day and NightNo nearby road so very quiet.
Cellphone SignalNon existent unless you are prepared to scale the hill.
Walking/Cycling TracksIf you are reasonably fit then it's a great walk to the old WW2 Radar Station halfway up the hill and beyond The track continues on beyond this and is quite steep.
There is official space for 3 maybe 4 campers so get there early during the summer months. Not much point in trying if your MH is like ours at 9 metres long.
Okarito – Paid Camp
Proximity to AttractionsA bit remote but right on the beach and close to the lagoon for viewing birds and wildlife.
Nearest Supplies/TownThere is a basic shop in town otherwise it's back to Franz Josef or the long drive to Hokitika.
Ground SurfaceFirm level ground
Proximity to Water/Dump StationWater on site (boil water notice) and back to Franz Josef for the dump station.
Outlook from CampThe beach is rather hidden by trees but a good view of the mountains and bush in the background.
Noise during Day and NightVery Quiet
Cellphone SignalPatchy but spots where there was some signal
Walking/Cycling TracksA couple of nice bush walks located right next to the camp.
We didn't stay here so it's a little hard to make a judgement but seemed like a nice place.
Otorohanga NZMCA – Camp
Cellphone SignalGood signal
Walking/Cycling TracksNo cycle or walking tracks nearby but it's a pretty town with an easy walk or cycle into the town centre.
Nearest Supplies/TownThe town centre has all major stores and a decent industrial area with a number of business that might be able to help if you had any issues.
Proximity to AttractionsThe world famous Kiwi House is only a short walk/drive away from the camp and the Waitomo caves are also nearby.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationNo water or dump station at the camp but both of these are available in town
Outlook from CampA pleasant semi rural setting with a few houses also overlooking the camp.
Noise during Day and NightFairly quiet although we did get woken a couple of times with trains thundering along the nearby rail line.
Ground SurfaceA large camp with plenty of level space. A big grassed area for summer and a smaller hard stand area for winter and the fewer campers on the road.
What we have come to expect from NZMCA camps you feel like you are coming home. Just think though they should all have onsite water.
Pataua South – Treasure Island
Proximity to AttractionsReally handy being right on the beach, next door to the boat ramp and with it's own kids playground it's a well set up camp.
Nearest Supplies/TownDuring summer it has it's own store but if you visit out of season then it's back by car to Parua Bay for the nearest shops.
Ground SurfaceFlat firm spaces even when we visited after weeks of rain.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationDump station onsite with water available everywhere around the camp.
Outlook from CampNone of the spots in the camp ground have views of the beach unless you secure a spot above the kitchen but nice views of the surrounding farms and the big hill at the mouth of the harbour.
Noise during Day and NightVery quiet no noise at all
Cellphone SignalFar signal a little intermittent at times
Walking/Cycling TracksNo Cycling tracks but there is a walkway up the large hill at the harbour mouth it's a steep climb!
A nice camp with reasonable site fees especially during the off season when we visited. The owner/manger is a really nice lady. Well worth a visit.
Pleasant Flat – Haast Pass – DOC Camp
Proximity to AttractionsAt the Haast end of the Pass so you have either driven past all of the major attractions or are about to encounter them.
Nearest Supplies/TownIt's a long way in both directions for anything so come well prepared.
Ground SurfaceVery flat asphalt camping area. basically a carpark that you can camp in.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationWater on site with boil water notice and a long way in either direction for a dump station.
Outlook from CampVery pretty view of the mountains behind the camp but not such a pleasant outlook in front of you.
Noise during Day and NightRight next to the road so rather noisy during the day but as nobody drives the road at night very quiet during the night.
Cellphone SignalThere isn't any and it's a long way to get signal in either direction.
Walking/Cycling TracksSome really good walking tracks in the National Park. Make sure you do some.
A well positioned camp site at one end of the main part of the Pass well worth a visit and well set up with toilets and cooking area.
Plimmerton NZMCA – Camp
Cellphone SignalGood Strong Signal
Walking/Cycling TracksA walking and cycle track start from just outside the camp entrance with a short walk under the railway lines to the waterfront or the cycle trail that follows SH1 North
Proximity to AttractionsWith the beach nearby and Wellington central and all it has to offer a short train ride away the camp is reasonably well located.
Nearest Supplies/TownNew World is just a couple of kms down the road and restaurants in Plimmerton a short walk away
Ground SurfaceFlat level gravel surface free from puddles and mud.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationRight there onsite in the middle of the camp
Outlook from CampA bit of an industrial area surrounding the camp but pleasant views of farmland in the distance.
Noise during Day and NightWith a train line behind the camp and SH1 across the road it's a little noisy
A handy location close to Wellington central trains and supermarket nearby. Better than it first appears on arrival.
Reefton Racecourse CAP – Camp
Proximity to AttractionsA very short stroll into town and all the mining attractions are at the most a short drive away.
Nearest Supplies/TownOnly 600 metres to town with a couple of decent food stores and cafe's
Ground SurfaceDespite all the rain it was firm under the van with very little mud. Mostly flat surface.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationWater right on site but it's quite a drive to the nearest dump station. We were told that you could pay to use the one at the local camp ground but that's unconfirmed.
Outlook from CampPleasant views across the racecourse and sports fields in the centre of the track to the hills behind.
Noise during Day and NightFairly quiet but we did hear a train rumble through during the night.
Cellphone SignalGood signal
Walking/Cycling TracksThere are a couple of trails around the town waiting to be explored.
At $2 per person per night it's hard to grumble about staying here and Reefton has a lot to offer.
Slab Hut Creek DOC – Camp
Proximity to AttractionsAnother place were you can fossick for gold or set off on a tramp up the river.
Nearest Supplies/TownNothing here but Reefton is a short drive away for supplies, so stock up before arrival.
Ground SurfaceWell defined camping areas on hard gravel surface
Proximity to Water/Dump StationWater on site but with a boil water notice. Dump station in Blackball a good 30 minute drive away.
Outlook from CampVery pretty bush setting
Noise during Day and NightJust the babble of the stream next to the camp to serenade you as you fall asleep.
Cellphone SignalNon existent although if you walk back to the main road there is one bar of signal enough for a quick text or phone call.
Walking/Cycling TracksA pleasant walk up the track next to the stream it's just a little short.
A very nice place to stay well set up with clean toilets and even opens fires with a Pizza oven!
Port Tarakohe – NZMCA Camp
Proximity to AttractionsA little hideaway camp that's not really close to any major attractions. It is however close enough to the penguin colony and good swimming beaches.
Nearest Supplies/TownThere is a dairy/camp store at Pohara about 1.5kms away other than that stock up in Takaka before your arrival.
Ground SurfaceA nice wide camp so almost everyone gets a level spot with views to the sea, starting to get a little muddy in some areas after heavy rain.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationThere is water on site but with a boil water notice and the nearest dump station is back in Takaka 10 kms away.
Outlook from CampIf you can nab one of the spots overlooking the water then great views of the harbour and fishing boats coming and going.
Noise during Day and NightA little noisy in summer with all the traffic going to the beach and the road directly behind the camp but later in the year all quiet.
Cellphone SignalSlow and intermittent 4g
Walking/Cycling TracksThere is a cycle track that runs along the waterfront from Pohara but it's rather short and a very short walking track to the Abel Tasman monument nearby.
Laundry FacilitiesThere is a washing machine and dryer in the boat club that can be used ($4 each) the machine is a little slow.
FishingWe fished from the breakwater without success but did here of someone catching a decent snapper. Lots of stingrays!
Overall a pleasant place to spend 2 or 3 days with 3 being the limit then moving on to Totaranui or Collingwood. Fishing off the breakwater.
Totaranui – DOC Camp
Proximity to AttractionsAssuming your are here for either the coastal walk, swimming or fishing then you cannot get any closer to the action.
Nearest Supplies/TownThe nearest shops are in Pohara 20kms away and the nearest supermarket 30kms away so come well prepared.
Ground SurfaceFirm dry sandy area but a bit of a slope away from the beach.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationWater on site with multiple taps and an onsite dump station. However the dump station is not for the use of NZMCA members unless they pay to use it!
Outlook from CampAll the camping spots are set back from the water with almost none have a view of the beach. A little disappointing!
Noise during Day and NightNothing but bird song and the lapping of waves as they crash on the beach.
Cellphone SignalAlmost non existent but occasionally you get enough signal to receive text or email messages, works best by the water.
Walking/Cycling TracksThe coastal walking track goes right through the camp. From May to November you can also cycle this track.
Access RoadVery narrow winding metal road that also climbs up and down into the camp not many places to pull over for oncoming traffic. Take it slow!
Beach/SwimmingFantastic beach looked like great swimming in the clear water about the only drawback lots of sandflies.
Access to this camp is via a very narrow winding gravel road but once you are here it\'s a great camp with fabulous beaches.
Waipu – Caledonian Domain
Proximity to AttractionsSet just behind the town it's a bit of a drive to the beach and other attractions although museum is very close.
Nearest Supplies/TownLess than 100 metres to the local 4 Square and other shops in the town.
Ground SurfaceLovely and flat surrounded by trees with power on site. But the site was unusable on the day of our visit due to deep mud and was fenced off. Extra parking outside clubhouse on the hard.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationNearest dump station and water 15 minutes away in Ruakaka
Outlook from CampOverlooking the sorts grounds a pleasant outlook.
Noise during Day and NightSetback far enough from the road that it's a peacful place to stay.
Cellphone SignalGood full 4g signal
Walking/Cycling TracksA short 20 minute cycle takes you to the beach at Waipu Cove
Would be a very quiet place to stay and at only $10 for the night with power well priced as well.
Waiuta Freedom – Camp
Proximity to AttractionsIf you have come to look at the old gold mine then you are right on top of it otherwise it's a long way from anything.
Nearest Supplies/TownMake sure you are well stocked it's a long way to the nearest shops.
Ground SurfaceAreas to camp are firm and flat.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationBoil water notice otherwise a long way to the nearest dump station.
Outlook from CampVery pretty area where the old camp/ruins are with mountains in the background.
Noise during Day and NightAbsolutely silent.
Cellphone SignalNot quite full 4g but OK service
Walking/Cycling TracksSome really good walking tracks around the old ruins.
Access RoadYou take your life into your own hands here. The road surface is good but very narrow for 7kms almost nowhere to get past someone coming the other way.
It would be worthwhile coming here if you wanted to really get away from it all or spend a decent amount of time exploring the old gold mine.
Weedons – Christchurch NZMCA
Proximity to AttractionsA little remote from most things but it is a very cheap place to stay close to the city centre.
Nearest Supplies/TownThere is a really good shopping mall 5 minutes drive from the camp although parking the Motorhome there would be difficult.
Ground SurfaceFlat grassed surface that despite all the rain at the time was still mostly mud free.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationRight on site although the dump is for cassettes only.
Outlook from CampA bit like a standard motorcamp there isn't much to see here.
Noise during Day and NightClose to State Highway 1 the main trunk line and the flight path overhead it's not as bad as you would think it could be.
Cellphone SignalNot quite full 4g
Walking/Cycling TracksNothing official nearby but we did ride along the road that follows alongside SH1 and that was very nice.
Hard to grumble when you have such a cheap place to camp so close to Christchurch CBD.
Westport – NZMCA Camp
Proximity to AttractionsRight on the beach and next to walking/cycling trails but a little remote from the town
Nearest Supplies/TownIt's a bit of a hike into town but close enough on a bike
Ground SurfaceFirm level gravel/sand surface
Proximity to Water/Dump StationThere is no water at the camp and there are 3 dump stations in town 2 with water
Outlook from CampA sneak peek of the sea through the gorse surrounding the camp. Good view of the hills behind the town.
Noise during Day and NightVery quiet except for the waves crashing on the beach.
Cellphone SignalGood signal
Walking/Cycling TracksWalking and cycling tracks run right next to the camp and head off in a few different directions.
What you would expect from an NZMCA camp
Whangarei Cruising Club CAP – Camp
Proximity to AttractionsRight on Whangarei Harbour so good fishing and handy access to the walking tracks around Mt. Manaia.
Nearest Supplies/TownA 10 minute drive into the local shopping centre.
Ground SurfaceParking on the grass right next to the water or when it's to wet then parking available on the hard next to the club.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationWater on site but it's still a 15 minute drive into Whangarei to get to the dump station.
Outlook from CampBeautiful sea views with boats moored directly in front of you it's very pretty.
Noise during Day and NightVery close to the road and rather noisy,
Cellphone SignalGood signal but 4g faded in and out
Walking/Cycling TracksNothing right here but a short drive to the walks at Mt Manaia and Whangarei Head.
Toilets/ShowersIncluded in the charge for the night is free use of the toilet and showers.
FishingThere are 3 jetties nearby including one right at the camp or launch your boat right here.
A really nice place to stay but rather noisy. Limited to 5 NZMCA vans per night so get here early. At only $10 per night good value with the showers. There is a freedom camping area right next door if it's full when you get here.
Woolleys Bay Freedom Camp
Proximity to AttractionsJust walk over the sand dune and you are at the beach with surfing, fishing or swimming right there.
Nearest Supplies/TownThere are no shops in Woolleys Bay but you could walk back over the hill to the dairy in Matapouri or drive back to Tutakaka.
Ground SurfaceFirm sandy area but very squashed in by freedom campers.
Proximity to Water/Dump StationToilets on site (blocked) nearest water and dump station is back at Nugaruru.
Outlook from CampSomewhat blocked by the sand dune and the freedom campers but really nice if you walk on top of the dune
Noise during Day and NightVery quiet, just a few cars cruising past during the night.
Cellphone SignalDecent signal
Walking/Cycling TracksNo tracks at the camping area but if you walk along the beach and up the road you can then follow the walk down to Whale bay and Matapouri.
It's a bit hard to complain when it's free but it certainly was a squash with all the freedom campers other than that a great place to stay.