Camping in New Zealand is a popular pastime. As a land of the outdoors, it's not surprising that a night under canvas is a preferred accommodation option.

There are few greater pleasures than sitting around a campfire on a clear-skied evening listening to waves breaking or gurgling rivers. In New Zealand you can go tenting in the magnificent wilderness of one of the National Parks. Or drive around the coast and talk to the locals - you may even get access to gorgeous, unspoilt, quiet beaches.

There are hundreds of campsites in the most spectacular parts of the country but if you fancy freedom camping, remember to read the rules first.

If you want to be closer to the comforts of civilization, there are many holiday parks that you can stay at with full amenities and lots of activities to content the most restive of children.

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