Campervan, Rarangi Beach

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Campervans (also known as motorhomes, mobile homes and RVs) are a great way to travel the country and visit remote places. Find out about where you can go, access, bookings and fees.

Where can I go?

Campervans are welcome at most conservation campsites.

Only a few have dump stations for toilet waste so use facilities provided in nearby towns. See the Automobile Association website for a list of dump stations. You can also use the CamperMate app for your mobile phone, or the NZMCA Travel app if you're an NZMCA member.  

For more information about where you can camp within DOC managed parks and reserves see the above or contact the nearest DOC visitor centre.

Remember to practise 'leave no trace' camping by following the Camping care code.


We have over 250 vehicle accessible campsites on public conservation land.

Most conservation campsites are accessible for campervans, but some aren’t as they are located at the end of narrow or steep and winding roads. This is noted on the campsite pages.

See campsites with campervan and caravan access.

Bookings and fees

You need to book some Serviced campsites in peak season. Book at the nearest DOC visitor centre or phone them directly. Most Standard and Basic campsites operate on a first come first served basis, although some do require booking in peak season.

Campsite fees are generally on a per person per night basis. Fees are generally paid through the self-registration system so remember to carry some cash. If a site fee applies, a campervan is charged the same as a tent or caravan.

More about booking and paying fees.

Campsite passes for rental campervans and NZMCA members

During summer there is a pass available for tourists who rent campervans and cars to stay at DOC campsites. You pay once and stay up to seven nights at one or different DOC campsites around New Zealand.

Members of the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association (NZMCA) can purchase a DOC/NZMCA Campsite Pass to access DOC standard and scenic campsites.

More about the passes.

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