Introduction

DOC provides facilities and charges fees on the basis of the campsite category.

Fees listed here apply to most campsites in each category, but check individual campsite pages as prices might vary.

Do not book or occupy a campsite if you don’t intend to stay there (for example, when a site is occupied by a vacant tent or vehicle). If you do, a fee of two adults will apply. This fee applies to all DOC campsites.

How to pay

Each campsite webpage will explain how much it is and how to pay for it.

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Campsite Pass

A Campsite Pass gives you access to DOC conservation campsites around New Zealand, including bookable and non-bookable campsites. 

How to purchase and use a Campsite Pass

Serviced campsites

Serviced campsites have a wide range of facilities and services. Flush toilets, tap water that could be treated or untreated, kitchen/cooking bench, hot showers, rubbish collection and road access for all types of vehicles. Untreated water should be boiled before use to ensure it's safe. 

Serviced campsites may have laundry facilities, barbecues, fireplaces, cookers and picnic tables.

Fees

Unpowered/tent sites:

  • Adult (18+ years): $20 per night
  • Child (5–17 years): $10 per night
  • Infant (0–4 years): free

Powered sites:

  • Adult (18+ years): $23 per night
  • Child (5–17 years): $11.50 per night
  • Infant (0–4 years): free

Standard campsites

Standard campsites have a more limited range of facilities and services than Serviced campsites. These campsites have toilets, a water supply that could be treated or untreated tap water, or from a stream or lake, and vehicle or boat access. Bring your own soap for washing hands. Untreated water should be boiled before use to ensure it's safe.

Wood BBQs and fireplaces, cold showers, picnic tables, a cooking shelter and rubbish bins may be provided – this will vary from site to site. 

Unpowered/tent sites:

  • Adult (18+ years): $10 to $15 per night
  • Child (5–17 years): $5 to $7.50 per night
  • Infant (0–4 years): free

Powered sites where available:

  • Adult (18+ years): $13 to $18 per night
  • Child (5–17 years): $6.50 to $9 per night
  • Infant (0–4 years): free

Note: Prices vary for some campsites and may include seasonal pricing - check individual campsites. 

Basic campsites

Basic campsites have very limited facilities so you need to be fully self-sufficient. There are basic toilets and water may be from a water tank that is untreated, stream or lake. Untreated water should be boiled before use to ensure it's safe.

Access may be by road or boat.

Fees: Free 

Backcountry campsites

Backcountry campsites have toilets and a water supply which may be from a stream. Picnic tables, cooking shelters or fireplaces may be provided.

Fees: Prices vary – check individual campsite pages.

Great Walk campsites

Except for the Milford Track and Paparoa Track, all Great Walks offer camping near huts or in designated areas. There are nearly 60 Great Walk campsites offering basic facilities including toilets, handwashing sinks and a water supply with some being treated and some untreated. Untreated water should be boiled before use to ensure it's safe.

Some have picnic tables and cooking shelters. These do not include the indoor facilities provided at Great Walk huts.

Fees:

  • Adult (18+ years): $5–$32
  • Child (5–17 years): $0–$16
  • Infant (0–4 years): free

Note: There is differential pricing for international visitors, as well as seasonal pricing.​ Check individual campsite pages.

More about Great Walks pricing.

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