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Throughout the length and breadth of New Zealand you will find a vast choice of holiday parks. While you are likely to stay in campgrounds for the majority of your holiday, we find that many people like to stay in a hotel close to the branch they pick up from on the first night they arrive in New Zealand. This makes sense particularly after a long flight so you are refreshed and not driving while you are tired or jet-lagged.
It's a good idea to book your first and last night's stay, especially over the peak season of Christmas until the end of February.
We recommend booking a Local Stays membership for $45, which provides access to a network of more than a hundred places throughout New Zealand where you can stay overnight in your Certified Self Contained maui motorhome.
What does self-contained mean? The vehicle meets the ablutionary and sanitary needs of the occupants of the motorhome for a minimum of three days without requiring any external services for discharging any waste. Basically your campervan has fresh water, a toilet and waste tanks, therefore providing more options about where you can freedom camp.
Once you become a member for $45 per year, you can stay at local boutique businesses including restaurants, wineries, olive groves, boutique breweries, farms. The idea is to meet the locals, try their products, purchase some of their delicious products or have a meal – and in return stay with them overnight at no extra charge!
With Local Stays you will
Connect - Get off the tourist trail and avoid the crowds. Connect with local artisans and gourmet producers. Meet real Kiwis.
Stay - Park overnight with welcoming Kiwi hosts in safe, quiet, friendly surroundings – all as part of your membership!
Experience - Taste fresh, locally grown product, purchase world-famous wines, oils and gourmet condiments, visit lesser-known sights and experiences.
With the large number of campervan accommodation options around New Zealand how do you decide where to stay? We recommend that you choose Qualmark* rated holiday parks. Many parks are located in prime coastal, river and lakeside locations which will allow you to wake up in some of the most scenic spots in the world! The nightly cost of powered sites (sites with power points for suitably wired vehicles like our motorhomes) ranges from NZD$18 to NZD$40 per night (subject to change).
*Qualmark® is New Zealand tourism's official mark of quality. A tourism business that carries Qualmark® is a business that has been independently assessed as professional and trustworthy, so you can book with confidence.
TOP 10 is the premier New Zealand holiday parks and campgrounds (motor camps) group.
Holiday Parks provide New Zealand's best leisure accommodation.
Department of Conservation (DOC) campgrounds are located in stunning forest settings, lake shores and sandy beaches where you can relax and enjoy the New Zealand landscape.
Experience New Zealand with Department of Conservation (DOC) campsites
Vary your motorhome holiday around New Zealand by staying at some of the DOC campsites located throughout the country. With more than 200 to choose from, you’ll find them located in stunning forest settings, lake shores and sandy beaches. DOC campsites are idyllic places to relax and enjoy the New Zealand landscape. To check out DOC campsite locations, click here.