view from the back window of a campervan, lying in bed, freedom camping New Zealand

Freedom camping in New Zealand: The complete guide to how it works

One of the most confusing aspects of planning a New Zealand road trip is wrapping your head around freedom camping. Some people sugarcoat it and make it seem like the easiest and most doable thing in the world, and others will tell you it’s impossible and not even to bother trying. So what is the current situation with freedom camping in New Zealand? After spending five weeks there, we’ll tell you below! Here’s a hint, you can do it, and it’s fabulous!

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two people sitting outside a self contained campervan NZ with a view of Aoraki Mount Cook

Hiring a self-contained van NZ – necessity or waste of money?

Do you need a self-contained van NZ to travel New Zealand? What about to freedom camp? Can you hire a non self-contained van, and if so, which camper is cheaper? If you’re overwhelmed trying to understand New Zealand’s campervan ‘self-containment’ and freedom camping regulations, you’re not the only one! In this article, we’ll outline everything you need to know regarding self-containment NZ and freedom camping so you can get on with planning your campervan trip.

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