The Department of Conservation (DOC) manages over 250 public camping areas on conservation land throughout New Zealand.

Located in some of New Zealand’s most beautiful regions, these campsites usually don’t have an on-site manager and are operated on a trust basis. Tents, vans, motorhomes and caravans are all welcome on DOC conservation campsites. Facilities are typically minimal and basic, but fees are very reasonable - sometimes free. There are three grades of DOC campsites and the level of facilities and the cost will vary accordingly.

Price range and facilities you may find at a DOC campsite:
Basic Campsite Standard Campsite Serviced Campsite
Free Unpowered: $13 p/n
Powered: $16 p/n
Small surcharge for Scenic campsites
Unpowered: $18 p/n
Powered: $21 p/n
Basic toilets Basic toilets Basic toilets
Water from a tank, stream or lake Water from a tank, stream or lake Tap water
  Wood barbecues / fireplaces Kitchen / cooking benches
  Cold showers Hot showers
  Picnic tables Rubbish bins & rubbish collection
  Cooking shelter Laundry facilities
  Rubbish bins Picnic tables

Bookings: Basic and Standard campsites don't need to be booked in advanced. They tend to operate on a first-in, first-served basis.  

DOC also provide a weekly campsite pass for campervans at $25 per person per week that allows access to DOC basic and standard campsites across New Zealand, providing significant discounts. These are only available to campervans.

Your clients can purchase the pass in advance through Rankers Camping NZ as an online pass.

They can easily filter campsites within the app to ones that are available free with the pass.
Or, printable maps of all DOC campsites can be downloaded here, which highlights which campsites are included in the pass:

North Island campsites (18/19)
South Island campsites (18/19)

Please note – this pass does not apply to pre-bookable sites, they are all first-come-first-served. If your clients are travelling in peak season, this may not be ideal as spaces may be limited and campsites may be full.
  • All Serviced campsites can be booked in advanced online.
  • All campsites that are on a Great Walk Track must be booked in advance.