No matter what your personal taste and budget New Zealand will have a camp site to suit. Listing the 'best of' anything will always be subjective as individually what we seek varies but I personally use the following criteria to decide:
- it must be somewhere beautiful
- it must be cheap
- there must be surf immediately accessible or nearby
- it must be uncrowded
The Best Two
In my book there are 2 camp sites which far surpass any others in New Zealand. They tick all my criteria boxes and then add a great deal extra; in both cases offering something that can't be found anywhere else in the country. One is way up north on the North Island and the other is as far south as you can go on the South Island.