Motorhomers guide to New Zealand

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Where Can I Camp?
Camps are split into 2 categories:
  • Full-service camps are commercial camps offering on-site managers, power, hot showers and other facilities.
  • Basic & Freedom camps have little or no facilities, and no powered sites.
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Activities & Adventures
North Island
Geothermal Wonders Track

Rainbow Mountain

This is a fantastic and oft overlooked track. Undoubtedly (would you doubt me?) this is the finest viewpoint since the crater of Mt. Ngauruhoe. Really! This is why: first you’ve got a well-made track that brings...

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Hot Springs Waterfall Creek

Kerosene Creek

This hot spring oasis is sort of two-faced. On one hand Kerosene Creek can be the most beautiful, unique, and soothing place in the country…other times it can be a disgusting, rowdy, burglaryprone annoyance. K-...

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Geologic Oddity

Putangirua Pinnacles

Towering spires and pinnacles highlight this unique “badlands” area.

Pick your way up the dry streambed and then veer into a left-side gully and you’ll find yourself suddenly surrounded by an eerie grey kingdom...

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NZ's most beautiful beach

Cathedral Cove

This beach wins! Yup, it's the most beautiful small beach on the entire island - and that's saying A LOT! Of course you've seen the pictures of this cove, hasn't everyone? Air New Zealand used it in their international...

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NZ's Mt. Fuji

Egmont National Park

Egmont National Park is contained within the strange circular boundary you see on every Taranaki map—the “ring plain.” The ring, besides being the legal border of the park, is actually a definitive border between...

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Track Up Peculiar Peak

Tokatoka Peak

Tokatoka Peak, the spiky remnant of an ancient volcano, decorates the feature deprived landscape north of Kaipara Harbor. Heading north you can see its pointy protrusion soon after leaving the Kauri Museum. Heading south from...

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Surf Beach / Fresh Water Dune Lake

Bethell's Beach

Bethell’s Beach is simply a fun-to-explore playground…another Waitakere gem! It’s a lot less commercialized than Piha—no campground or Dairy or pubs. The surf is epic with surf lifeguards...

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Waitakere's most popular beach

Piha Beach

Piha is the centerpiece of Waitakere's beaches. Piha is where the 'action' is, Piha is reality TV, Piha is funky, Piha is proud. Piha is 'Endless Summer' surf on the wild West Coast.Piha has the only...

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Remote, Historic Beach

Whatipu Beach

Whatipu is the most remote of the Waitakere’s road-end beaches. Other than the miles of beautiful solitude found here, you’ll also find a historically and geologically fascinating beach. In the late 1800s an elevated railway...

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Scenic Bay / Longest Wharf / Tracks & Kayaks

Tolaga Bay

Tolaga Bay is most famous for its “mile-long” 660m wharf—the tourist icon of the East Cape. While the wharf is scenic, long, picturesque, and dilapidated, this bay offer so much more. How ’bout sandstone cliffs...

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Adjective Overload


Tongapurutu is a little-known dot on the north Taranaki map. It shouldn't be, but nobody promotes it because there's no commercial businesses nearby. It's captivating, it's breathtaking, it's run-on-the-beach-...

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NZ's Longest Swing Bridge

Waiohine Gorge

This forested gorge has good camping and riverside swimming holes. The trails are all pretty rugged tramper’s tracks—viewless, steep, boggy challenges. But, if you’ve yet to cross a New Zealand swing bridge…then...

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Legendary 66-Mile Beach Drive

90-Mile Beach

90-Mile Beach is at once both the most nondescript and the most amazing beach on the island - a quintessential Far North adventure! The beach's myth is swallowed by rising tides, quicksand, sweeper waves, etc..,...

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Man-Made Hydro-Phenomenon

Aratiatia Rapids

Surprisingly, most tourist literature does a lousy job expressing just how captivating the Aratiatia Rapids really are. Here's my spiel: The Waikato River, pouring out of Lake Taupo in aquamarine glory then spilling over Huka Falls...

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Gorgeous Waterfall

Rere Falls

Rere Falls is a beaut, but mostly overlooked by waterfall connoisseurs, even the NZ Waterfalls book. Maybe because it’s simply not near to any tourism-promoting township. It receives very little rah-rah outside of the “101...

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Lighthouse / Beach / Lagoon / Cave / Viewpoint


I know you're the drive worth it?? 67km in, no loop road a visit to Castlepoint worth it? Yes, emphatically YES! Even Kiwi 'locals' are surprised how nice it actually is when they finally venture...

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Southern-Most Big Kauri

Tuahu Kauri

This giant may be the southernmost of the really big Kauris—this is the south end of their natural range. An easy walk will bring you within huggable proximity of this 2.7m-wide behemoth. If you’ve already seen the giants of...

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Natural Phenomenon

Rere Rockslide

HaHaHaHaHaHa, you're gonna laugh when you finally see this thing. Mother Nature, tired from creating such beauty down the road, decided to skip beauty and just create FUN here. Wow, Rere minute a lazy unremarkable...

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South Island
Hello / Goodbye West Coast!!

Bruce Bay / Maori Beach

This section of the West Coast highway runs right along the beach for a couple km, and if you’re traveling southwards, this is the first time the highway has hugged the shoreline since Punakaiki. For some reason travelers stop...

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A Sculpted Punakaiki Beach Cove

Truman Track

The Truman track is a short track to a small lowtide- only beach that’s overlooked by most visitors to Paparoa in their haste to see the blowholes and then hurry on. Don’t miss the Truman track. Though it’s short, it...

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Dramatic Headlands Route

Cape Farewell / Pillar Point Lighthouse Track

The 5km one-way headlands walk from Wharariki Beach carpark to the Pillar Point Lighthouse is possibly the most dramatic headlands walk on the South Island! This is an exceptional route—nowhere else on the South’s West coast...

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The South's Most Scenic Beach Walk

Motukiekie Beach Walk

Plan Ahead!! Low-Tide ONLY! Most every tourist on the South island has passed this short stretch of coast, but few stop, as few know about this coastline wonder-walk. The Motukiekie Coast, short as it is, may be the...

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Home To Burt Munro, "The World's Fastest Indian"

Oreti Beach / Invercargill

Invercargill is home to The World’s Fastest Indian, both the movie and motorcycle. In the much-loved movie Sir Anthony Hopkins stars as local hero Burt Munro who purchased an Indian motorcycle in 1920 and then spent the...

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South Island's Best Day Walk

Hooker Valley Track

On a clear day, the Hooker Valley Track is indisputably the South Island’s most scenic day walk. Indisputably!! On a grey clouded-in day, forget it. This walk is all about soaring alpine views, so if the clouds are socked-in and...

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A Scenic Limestone River Canyon Walk

Pororari River Canyon Track

This Pororari River track is a mostly-easy 45-minutes one-way walk through a wonderful limestone river canyon festooned with jungly sub-tropical rainforest on downstream end and temperate Beech forest on the upstream reaches— a...

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Hanging Glacier Shrangri-La Valley

Rob Roy Glacier Valley Track

The Rob Roy Glacier-view trailhead is a long gravel drive from Wanaka…is it worth it? Yes, emphatically yes. Other than Mt Cook’s Hooker Valley Track, the Rob Roy Glacier viewpoint may be the WOW-est day-walk viewpoint in...

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Unbelievable Natural Spectacle!!

Punakaiki Rocks!

The famed “Pancake rocks” are a Westland experience not to be missed!! Regrettably, hordes of travelers “miss” them every day. If you aren’t out at Dolomite Point—the Blowholes...

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Gorgeous Blue, Gorgeous View!!

Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo’s aquamarine blue color is simply beyond description. On a sunny day it’s jaw-drop, eye-boggling beautiful. You NEED to see it! On a grey day the beauty dims, but the blue opacity of the...

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Historic Ruins And Jungly River Scenery

Charming Creek Walkway

Make Time For This Walk!!!!!!!! It’s one of the best easy walks on the South Island.

The Charming Creek Walkway is CHARMING²! This is a walkway through time, through history, through jungle…...

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The Best "Land's End" Spot To Visit

Waipapa Lighthouse / Shipwreck

The Waipapa Point Lighthouse is the southernmost lighthouse on the South Island, and even though it’s not quite as south as Slope Point, it’s more interesting to visit Waipapa than the no-frills no-interest Slope Pt*. The...

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Westport's Scenic Must-See

Cape Foulwind

The Cape Foulwind lighthouse may be the least appealing lighthouse in New Zealand. Pass the smokestacks, dodge the massive cement-loading trucks on their way to/from the lighthouse’s neighbor quarry…and you’re there...

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"God's Country" Beauty

Lake Pukaki - Mt. Cook Village

The 55km drive along the western shore of gorgeous opaque-blue Lake Pukaki towards Mt Cook Village is one of the most enjoyable sunnyday drives on the island. It’s the kind of picturesque scene that adorns many a guidebook cover...

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Short Tracks To Iceberg Views

Tasman Glacier View Tracks

Glacier View Track: A Must-See! The 15-minute steep stepped-track to the top of the Tasman Glacier’s moraine ridge is amazing. The track is Steep, but the payoff is worth it! The view sweeps over the entire...

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Photogenic Waterfalls

Catlins Waterfalls

Purakaunui Falls. (Purra-cow-nui) This is the most photogenic of the Catlins waterfalls, one avid waterfall photographers will love. For non-photographers though, the long drive for such a short excursion might not seem...

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Jurassic Playground With Mini-Dolphins

Curio Bay

There’s nowhere else on our planet like Curio Bay. A strong statement, yes, but there’s simply nowhere else in the world that you can watch happyhour penguins hop atop barnacle-encrusted petrified tree stumps after an...

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Gorgeous Beach Cove, Lotsa Wind, 6pm Penguins

Sandfly Bay

Sandfly Bay is a force of nature! Arrive during a south wind and you’ll immediately understand the name “Sandfly” — the lava cliffs bookending the beach squeeze the winds into a sand-flying gale. Whoa, there may...

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