From where to stay, camping hacks and tips to reduce your campsite waste - we've got your summer camping trip sorted.
Where to Stay
Whether your travelling with a group, your family or searching for some just-us time, here are our teams top tips for finding the best campsite for you.
Top Ten Holiday or Tasman Holiday Parks nearly always boast beachside or bush settings – and are great for families. Here you’ll find fully equipped kitchens, bathrooms and endless entertainment options for little (and big!) kids. There’s camps from the top of the North to the bottom of the South to choose from!
For an intrepid adventure, check out DOC (Department of Conservation) for a comprehensive list of back-to-nature style campsites. Often set in spots a little off the beaten track, DOC sites tend to have less amenities and suit those looking for an off the grid experience.
Did someone say Glamping? If you like the idea of ‘glamorous camping’ check out Canopy Camping for a New Zealand-wide spread of luxury camping options. From belle tents to eco cabins, the romantics and wilderness lovers will delight!
Become a pro-camper overnight with our handy list of camping hacks to make your stay stress free and full of fun!
Planning is everything. Taking a little extra time to write your list of what to pack, plot out your journey, prep your meals and pre-plan activities for the kids and grown-ups means less to stress about at the campsite!
Make your site a home. Set up a dedicated area for kitchen and seating. That way you’ll find it easier to keep your gear organised. Packing a screened gazebo is a great way to keep the sun off your food area – and don’t forget your camping chair!!
Limit tripping hazards. Put rocks over your tent pegs to stop you from stubbing toes when you’re dashing for the loo in the middle of the night!
Don’t forget mosquito repellent / bug spray. You’ll live to regret it.
Jandals, Crocs or Birkenstocks are great slip on options for campsite footwear. Easy to slide on and off when entering tents and a little extra protection goes a long way!
Don’t underestimate how cold the evenings will be. Even in summer, pack a warm jacket or jumper and a woolly hat.
Solar powered lanterns are a great way to light up your campsite at night, they’ll recharge during the day while you’re out enjoying the great outdoors.
Top Tips To Reduce Your Campsite Waste
How you can do your bit to care for the environment. Make sure you leave only footprints, and take only great memories home with you.
Take a small tub for mixed recycling. If there’s no bins available at the site, pop in the car and organise into correct bins when you return home. Choose biodegradable bin bags for non-recyclables.
Instead of baby and make up wipes for staying fresh, try the Good Change Store Reusable Bamboo Towels. A known favourite for camping, these versatile cloths have multiple uses from face wipes and napkins to dish cloths.
Choose reusable plates and cutlery rather than disposables.
If there’s no drinking water available at the campsite, opt for a bigger 15 – 25L water dispenser and encourage campers to bring reusable drink bottles to fill when required. Much better than lots of small plastic water bottles.
Pack your favourite Good Change Eco-Cloths instead of microfibre or plastic infused dish cloths. Our Large Eco-Cloths are great for camping as they’re built to tackle outdoor cleaning tasks. What’s more, our Eco-Cloths are 100% natural (made from wood pulp and cotton) and compostable so when you’re finished, you can bury them in the garden, and they’ll return to nature.
Happy Camping, Nature Lovers ✌️
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