Summer in New Zealand is all about being outdoors and enjoying our unique natural spaces and what better way to do it than in a beautiful camping spot. Set up your tent site and let the kids run around while you sit back, soak up the fresh air, and relax into the slower pace of summer.
For milder summer temperatures, a laid-back feel, and stunning scenery, both the West Coast and Southern New Zealand are the places to go. Here’s some of Our Best Kiwi Camping spots -South Canterbury & Wild West
Farmyard Holiday Park in Geraldine is very popular as it’s targeted for families. The campsite can be pretty packed in summer (not the place if you’re looking for peace and quiet) but it certainly has a lot available. At the campground’s farm, the kids will love spending time among the animals–getting up close with a family of wallabies, peacocks, alpacas, llamas, goats, kune kune pigs, and more. You can pet the guinea pigs and rabbits, or take a donkey ride. The range of animals is huge! In the summer there are Quad bikes to ride. If the kids bring their own bikes they can use the bike track and there is plenty of playground equipment.
Peel Forest DOC campground is a large, peaceful campground with great facilities and plenty to do. Located in the Peel Forest Park Scenic Reserve, your family can enjoy a different walk everyday. Explore historic logging sites, walk through ancient forests, or take a dip in one of the picturesque streams. See if your family can link hands around The Big Tree–this massive Totara is almost three meters across!
The Moeraki Boulders Kiwi Holiday Park in Hampden is a lovely peaceful spot next to the beach. Just north of Moeraki, you can easily take a trip to check out the areas huge, unique boulders, go dolphin or penguin spotting (this is one of the best spots in NZ to spot yellow-eyed penguin!), or have a meal at the Tavern.
Greymouth Top 10 is a peaceful seaside campsite with plenty on offer. The kids will love the playground and bouncing mat. There are go-carts for hire and the campground backs onto the scenic West Coast Wilderness Trail so bring your bikes! (The seas here can have strong undertows and large waves, so the beaches are better for building driftwood huts than for swimming.)
Lake Mahinapua and Lake Kaniere are both beautiful DOC campsites. With decent facilities and lots of space to camp, these lakeside spots are perfect for a relaxed family holiday. Kayak, have a picnic, take a short stroll along one of the native bush paths, and jump off the jetty for a swim.
There are secluded bays to discover hidden around both lakes, and plenty of areas for the kids to play and paddle. Lake Mahinapua can be quite sludgy when it’s low but is generally warmer to swim in than Kaniere.
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