Department of Conservation campsites

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The Department of Conservation (DoC) provides campsites in many conservation areas throughout New Zealand.

Bark Bay Campsite, Nelson

By Department of Conservation

Northland & Bay of Islands
Puriri Bay Campsite, Northland & Bay of Islands

By Brandon Koger

Anchorage, Nelson

By Department of Conservation

West Coast
DOC campground by Lake Mahinapua, West Coast

By Bennett & Slater

These are often in some of the best locations around the country – in national parks, alongside the Great Walks and in tranquil and secluded spots. 

The campsites are usually quite basic, offering 'back to nature' style accommodation and facilities and very reasonably priced. A full list of campsites by region can be found on the DoC website.

There are six categories of DoC campsites:

Serviced campsites – include a wide range of amenities with flush toilets, kitchen/cooking facilities, hot showers and rubbish collection. These campsites can be booked at a DoC visitor centre.

Scenic campsites – Usually in high-use, coastal locations, these campsites have toilets and tap water supply and often barbeques, cold showers and rubbish bins.  Some scenic campsites can be booked in advance.

Standard campsites – Limited range of amenities including a pit or composting toilet, a water supply and some may have cold showers, barbeque and rubbish facilities. These campsites generally cannot be booked.

Basic campsites – You really need to be self-sufficient to stay at these campsites with basic toilet facilities and water from a tank, lake or stream. Basic campsites generally cannot be booked.

Backcountry campsites – Usually have toilets and a water supply from a stream. They may also have basic cooking facilities and picnic tables. These campsites generally cannot be booked.

Great Walk campsites – There are 60 Great Walk campsites situated along all Great Walk tracks (except Milford) and they offer basic facilities including toilets and a water supply. Bookings are usually required and can be completed online

Contact a DoC Visitor Centre or visit the DoC website for more information on fees and bookings, campsite categories and facilities. 

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