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8 best commercial campgrounds

Dramatic limestone bluffs at Punakaiki Beach Camp. Photo: Punakaiki Beach Camp

If DOC’s cold showers and long drop toilets aren’t for you, it might be worth upgrading your holiday to a commercial campground – here are some of the country’s best.

Ahipara Holiday Park, Northland

Beloved for its chill surfer vibe, clean facilities and proximity to one of Aotearoa’s best surf breaks, Ahipara Holiday Park is a launching pad to 90 Mile Beach, Shipwreck Bay and beyond. Stay in summer, and you’re bound to cross paths with sandy Te Araroa Trail walkers on their pilgrimage to Bluff.

Hahei Holiday Resort, Coromandel

With crystal waters, white sand and shady pohutukawa groves, Hahei Beach is one of New Zealand’s best beaches. The popular campsite holds prime beach-front real estate and visitors have access to plentiful facilities, including kitchens, laundry, coffee and seasonal food trucks.

Mt Maunganui Beachside Holiday Park, Bay of Plenty

Situated at the base of ‘The Mount’, visitors are right in the hub of this summer hotspot: beach at their feet, mountain above, and town on the doorstep.

Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park, Taranaki

It’s hard to beat this beachfront gem for accessibility. Situated on the brilliant coastal walkway, the campground is a short walk, bike or skate to Te Rewa Rewa Bridge, Puke Ariki, Pukekura Park and more. It’s also a 30 minute drive to the ever-present maunga.

Punakaiki Beach Camp, West Coast

So much more than the pancake rocks, there is plenty to explore at Punakaiki. The holiday park sits right in the heart of the tiny west coast town, offering access to the dramatic coastline and Paparoa National Park. For sunsets, it’s magic, and guests can fall asleep to the sound of the Tasman Sea pounding on the shore.

Pohara Beach Top 10 Holiday Park, Golden Bay

On the doorstep of Abel Tasman National Park, Pohara Beach is a popular camping destination in Golden Bay. The campsite offers full facilities, hundreds of sheltered sites, a playground and – best of all – coffee.

Mrs Woolly’s Campground, Glenorchy

For glamping and camping, it’s hard to look past the legendary Mrs Woolly’s, with its near 360-degree views of the surrounding peaks. Well situated in quaint Glenorchy township, guests are close to amenities, and only a short drive from some of the best walks in New Zealand.

Wanaka Top 10 Holiday Park, Wanaka

Well located at the quiet end of town and just one minute’s walk from ‘that Wanaka tree’, the park is an ideal base for exploring. Visitors can choose from a range of camping and cabin options, depending on their budget.