Unique Camping Spots in New Zealand 

New Zealand is famous for its unbelievable scenery and adventurous offerings. This exotic country keeps itself under the radar, allowing guests to uncover secrets themselves. New Zealand is home to some pretty impressive architecture, peculiar homes, and eccentric glampsites. If you’re interested in the real wilderness game, check out the country’s local campsites instead. 


Hobbit Valley




If you didn’t already know, the famous Lord of the Rings movie series was filmed in New Zealand. Underhill Valley discreetly works its way into a hillside, giving it its name of “Hobbit Valley”. This quaint glamp-site was crafted by hand by the Waikato family, and the interior is equipped with quirky decor, cozy furniture, and heating from an old coal range.


Clifton Luxury Safari Glamping




Perhaps the most glamorous glamping there is – Clifton luxury glamping. With natural sunlight, fully equipped kitchen, outdoor baths, and lavish interior furnishings, this setup rivals a high-class hotel. 

Conveniently located only 5 minutes from Te Awanga and a 20-minute drive from Havelock North, Hastings and Napier.


Valley Views Glamping




Solar-powered dome tents? Yep, you heard right! For the adventure of a lifetime, book a night or two at Valley Views Glamping. This eccentric site consists of six off-grid solar-powered dome tents and a spacious communal kitchen. Twin baths are located outside where guests can take a soak and absorb the astounding views of Waitaki Valley.


Tipi/Earth Dome Glamping Retreat 




This sustainable campsite is a hub for holistic wellness and soul-enriching activities. If you’re looking for the ultimate escape to destress, Te Tuhi Domes are the place to go. Fresh produce is grown onsite in the permaculture garden, which also contributes to The Conscious Kitchen Cafe. 


Find your place in nature at the Tipi Forest Retreat, belle tents and earth domes. Indulge in daily yoga, surf lessons, and holistic treatments and you’ll leave feeling rejuvenated and zen. 


Lake Wanaka Glamping




Lake Wanaka Glamping is a different kind of adventure. The journey begins with a scenic pine forest drive, followed by a short hike to your designated camping spot. Once you arrive at the site, stunning mountain vistas and the panoramic views of Lake Wanaka present themselves – a view that cannot be beat. While it’s technically considered glamping, the sites and lodges are immersed in what feels like secluded wilderness. You can see the conclusive list of lodges and campsites at Lake Wanaka here






Akaroa is one of New Zealand’s most breathtaking towns. The beach on the eastern shore of Akaroa Harbour is where guests relax and watch pools of dolphins, penguins, and other marine life. If you’re in for a unique experience, try swimming with alpacas and dolphins during an Akaroa Farm Tour. You can see a complete list of campsites, glampsites, and lodges in Akaroa here


Camping Sites


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Poukaraka Flats, Waiheke Island


Waiheke is an island allocated campsite, quietly tucked away at Whakanewha Regional Park. It’s a great place to explore New Zealand’s diverse landscape of forests, wetlands, and sandy beaches. There aren’t too many amenities at this location, so be prepared for a genuine camping adventure. 


Matai Bay Campsite, Karikari Peninsula


Matai Bay Campsite is located on the North Island’s Karikari Peninsula, where fishing, snorkeling, and other marine activities are popular. Matai Bay is also fairly reserved, non-touristy, and accessible to several hiking trails. 


Makarora Tourist Centre, Southern Lakes


Not too far from Mount Aspiring National Park lies Makorora Tourist Centre at Southern Lakes. Here, you’ll get to experience a plethora of outdoor experiences like hunting, hiking and fishing, along with unbeatable views of the water, a swimming pool, and restaurant. Wanaka isn’t too far from main attractions, but it’s secluded enough to provide an authentic nature feel. 

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