If you are planning to sleep in your campervan or car during your New Zealand travels, we recommend you visit the website called www.camping.org.nz . It has been designed by the Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand especially to help provide information to ‘freedom campers’, as they are called in New Zealand.
Basically different regions in New Zealand have different by-laws. This means sometimes it is fine to park up on the side of a lake for the night and in other parts of New Zealand you could be fined for doing so.
To make life easy for you, this website has been set up to try and give you some useful guidelines. There is also access to a map of New Zealand that claims to have pretty much every camping spot in the whole country listed there.
www.camping.org.nz – happy camping.