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Freedom Camping South Island New Zealand.

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Freedom Camping South Island New Zealand.

Can anyone offer advice as we are on a limited budget, as to places to freedom camp whilst visiting the South Island of NZ.

Below are our planned destinations over the 12 day period.

Appreciate any feedback.

Day 3. AM - Pick up MotorHome. Farmers Markets open til 12pm.

Dep Dunedin. Travel to Te Anau via Gore. Approx 4 hr - travel time.

Glow worm cave -5.45Pm tour?

Overnight in Te Anau.

Day 4. Travel to Milford Sound – (Coach Tour Package)

Day cruise.

Return overnight in Te Anau

Day 5. Te Anau/ Queenstown. Approx 2.5 hr – travel time.

Day 6. Visit Queenstown. Gondola Skyline and Luge/Steamship Cruise. Stay Overnight or alternatively at Wanaka?

Day 7. Visit Wanaka (Puzzling World). Travel to Lake Tekapo via Arrowtown/Twizel– (Set of LOTR).

Visit Alpine Springs and Spa Winter Park???

Approx 3 hrs - travel time. Overnight in Lake Tekapo.

Day 8. Dep. Lake Tekapo via Ashburton/Methven/Mt Hutt/Arthurs Pass. Overnight in Methven? Approx. 2.5 hr – travel time.

Day 9. Travel to Hokitika. Stay overnight.

Home of Greenstone/Jade.

Approx 5 hr – travel time.

Day 10. Travel to Hanmer Springs via Greymouth. Overnight in Hanmer Springs via Lewis Pass.

Approx 3.5 hr – travel time.

Day 11. Hanmer Springs Visit Thermal Pools. Dep for overnight stay at Kaikoura time permitting?

Day 12. Travel to Kaikoura/Blenheim/Picton.

Overnight preference at Kaikoura. – (Home of Crayfish) or Picton.

Approx 4 hr – travel time.

Day 13. Travel to Nelson. Sightseeing.

overnight in Nelson.

Approx 1.5 hr – travel time.

Thank you once again.

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1. Re: Freedom Camping South Island New Zealand.

Freedom camping is banned in most areas of the South Island, including Wanaka, Queenstown, Te Anau and down the West Coast.

You can stay at DOC sites which charge little. If you have a fully compliant campervan - full toilet, shower, kitchen, there are apparently 'designated camping sites', but few seem to know where these are. Always best to ask the local DOC office or i-SITE.

Here in Nelson, compliant campervans are able to park overnight at Mitre 10 Mega which is near the airport.

Basically unless there is a sign saying, camping permitted, you are best not to. There is a $200 fine for illegal camping.

http://www.camping.org.nz/

Since you are travelling on a limited budget I question your plan to campervan - one of the most expensive ways to travel. Not only with the high rental cost, but also the increased insurance and fuel costs, along with the nightly camp fees.

A budget car and staying in backpacker lodges or campground cabins or motels is the far affordable way to travel.

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2. Re: Freedom Camping South Island New Zealand.

<<A budget car and staying in backpacker lodges or campground cabins or motels is the far affordable way to travel.>>

Most definitely.

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3. Re: Freedom Camping South Island New Zealand.

If you are into freedom camping in Te Anau go to the Doc office in Te Anau and they will direct to the free camping areas in the local area. The is a large area between Te Anau and Manapouri where you can free camp with toilets on site.

It does pay to pick up a small booklet from any DOC office that lists all the Doc camping grounds in the South Island.

Try and not leave any rubbish at these camp sites so that others can enjoy. I often free camp in many places in the South Island and beleive it is a great way to travel.

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5. Re: Freedom Camping South Island New Zealand.

Compliant campers are clearly marked that they meet the relevant NZ standard. Do not confuse "sleeper vans" with Campers. Compliant campers have toilets and grey water tanks. Sleeper vans are mobile tents. There are plenty of places for low cost or freedom camping with a compliant van. Some clubs (sporting or chartered) will welcom you into their car parks. Places you are not allowed to park are usually sign posted so please respect the signs.

Very few residential areas will tollerate a van outside the front gate. If in doubt ask nicely.

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