camping with kids in new zealand

New Zealand has a wide selection of camping grounds, from basic but beautiful campgrounds, to holiday parks with all the mod cons and a wide range of facilities. If you’re planning a family adventure in New Zealand then here’s a rundown of the best spots to park up and camp with your kids.

North Island

Treasure Island Camping and Campground – Whangarei

Tranquillity, sun, surf and sand are the name of the game here. This family friendly camping ground has 80 powered and 40 unpowered large, flat pitches. There’s a children’s adventure playground that boasts the longest slide in the far north as well as a regular children’s activity program to keep them busy!

Other facilities include an onsite bakery with excellent pies and barista coffee, TV rooms, al fresco dining, BBQs and an onsite shop. There’s also the option to get a takeaway onsite as well if you feel like taking a break from cooking!

Hire a campervan in Auckland and make the short two-hour drive north to this perfect kid-friendly spot!

Address: Patauna South Road, Whangarei 0175, Northland

Paekakariki Holiday Park – Kapiti Coast

This family focused holiday park, set in the picturesque coastal town of Paekakariki, is the perfect place to relax and have fun with the family. This holiday park also caters for kids who have lots of energy to burn, with a jumping pillow, playground and trampolines onsite.

If you feel like venturing out it’s conveniently located close to the beach, train station and the local shops.

Address: 180 Wellington Road, Queen Elizabeth Park, Paekakariki, 5034.

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The Bay of Islands Holiday Park – Paihia

The Bay of Islands Holiday Park is jam packed full of facilities that will help to make your stay easy and fun. There’s safe river swimming and kayak hire, a swimming pool, flying fox, trampoline, swings, slide and other activities in the playground. Plus volleyball courts and a large recreation room in case you do get a couple of days of bad weather.

For the adults there Wi-Fi access onsite, BBQs, wood fired pizza ovens and a convenience store onsite. Perfect!

If you want to get out and about the campsite is well located for exploring the beautiful Bay of Islands. It’s centrally located 10 minutes drive from both Paihia and Kerikeri so you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

Address: 678 Puketona Rd, Paihia 0204, New Zealand

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South Island

Amber Kiwi Holiday Park

This well established holiday park is perfectly situated nearby to downtown Christchurch. This means days out with the kids exploring the city couldn’t be easier – in fact the public bus can pick you up and drop you off from right outside the park’s front gate.

This holiday park is set on sheltered and landscaped grounds and offers a wide range of facilities that include; free wifi, BBQs, family shower rooms, and a children’s play area. They also offer high chairs and port-a-cots for hire.

Address: 308 Blenheim Rd, Middleton, Christchurch 8041

Mrs. Woolly’s Campground – Glenorchy

This lovely campsite offers 36 unpowered camping sites for tenting, campervans or caravans. It’s also home to full shower and toilet facilities, BBQs, gas cooking and dishwashing facilities; shared refrigerators and microwaves; a children’s playground; bocce ball; and a coin-operated laundry. The onsite general store makes it easy to pick up supplies and there are also bikes available to rent from reception.

There is lots to do nearby during your stay in Glenorchy; hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, helicopter tours, photography tours, 4-wheel drive tours and jet-boating. The onsite booking service can help you arrange anything you and the kids want to do!

Address: 60 Oban St, Glenorchy 9372, New Zealand

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Quinney’s Bush – Nelson

This back-to-basics adventure camp is dedicated to providing you and the kids the best camping trip ever. Set on a beautiful 10 hectares of land with native trees this camp offers safe river swimming, go-karts, water slides and flying foxes. There’s also a skatepark and BMX tracks for the older kids.

There’s a large communal kitchen with cooktops, an oven and microwave to make feeding the family easy, as well as BBQs, campfires, internet access and a shop for all your basic camping supplies.

Address: Quinney’s Bush Camp, Motupiko, State Highway 6, RD2, Nelson

Looking for more tips when travelling with your family through New Zealand? Check out our Family Campervan Tips section

About the Author

Bastian Graf

Bastian is the Sales & Marketing Manager here at Travellers Autobarn. He holds a Master of Commerce in Marketing and International Business Management, and 20+ years experience in campervan hire, road trips and travel.