Where to Camp in Wellington

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Camping in Wellington

Save money on accommodation for the stuff that really matters (like these Wellington Must-Dos)! Wellington is a great place to do that with a wealth of camping options from the city centre across the Wellington region. Whether you’re looking for a free beachfront camp spot or something with facilities to charge your campervan batteries, Wellington can provide. However, like the rest of New Zealand, there are certain places where you can and cannot camp in Wellington. We’ll go over where to camp in Wellington in this article.There are five types of camping options in the Wellington region: holiday parks, paid car parks with no facilities, council campsites, Department of Conservation campsites and freedom camping. Although having a self-contained vehicle does widen more camping accommodation in Wellington, some districts like Wairarapa are more non-self-contained and tent friendly.So take a look at the directory below to find the perfect place to park up your van or pitch your tent for a night in Wellington.

Holiday Parks and Campsites in Wellington


Holiday parks in Wellington have a range of facilities of a high standard. Unsurprisingly, this comes at a higher price than other types of campsites. They also offer a number of accommodation types, but campers can always rely on holiday parks to have powered sites to plug up your campervan and tent sites (providing there is availability). For more on what to expect from a holiday park, check outAccommodation Guide to Holiday Parks in New Zealand.

Paid Overnight Parking with No Facilities

A car park in the city centre where you can park and camp in a vehicle overnight for a fee. No facilities.

Council Campsites

Council campsites are maintained by the Greater Wellington Council. Kaitoke Regional Park campsite has a wealth of facilities including toilets, treated drinking water, electric barbecues, electricity sockets, powered sites, cooking shelter and more. Other campsites are basic with water and toilets.


The Department of Conservation (DoC) maintains onecampsite in Wellington. The fee indicates the variety of facilities included with the free campsites having a water supply to NZ$13 campsites having facilities such as toilets, hot showers, barbecues and phone.

Freedom Camping

In Wellington City you can freedom camp in the areas stated below for four night per month, prohibited freedom camping areas can be seen on the Wellington City Council’s website. In Porirua, you can stay in designated areas for three nights per month. In Wairarapa, all types of vehicles and tents, with the exception of tents only on the South Tora Campsites, can stay for up to 21 days.

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Holiday Parks in Wellington

Wellington City Centre
  • Capital Gateway Motor Inn, Johnsonville -NZ$46 per night for two people in a powered site.
  • Cuba Street Motorhome Park, City Centre -NZ$29 per night for two people in a powered site.
  • Camp Elsdon, Elsdon – NZ$10-20 per person for a tent/powered site
  • Kapiti Holiday Resort, Paraparaumu Beach- NZ$20 per person for a tent/powered site
  • Paekakariki Holiday Park, Paekakariki – NZ$16 per person for a tent/powered site
  • Lindale Motor Park,Paraparaumu – NZ$42 for two people in a tent/powered site
  • El Rancho, Waikanae – NZ$28-$34 for two people in a tent/powered site
  • Byron’s Resort, Otaki Beach – NZ$38 for two people in a tent/powered site
Lower Hutt
  • Wellington Top 10 Holiday Park, Seaview – NZ$50 for two people in a tent/powered site
  • Wainui Park Camp, Wainui – NZ$10 per person for a tent site, NZ$20 for two people in a powered site
Upper Hutt
  • Wellington’s Kiwi Holiday Park, Timberlea – NZ$16-$40 for two people in a tent/powered site
  • Greytown Campground, Greytown – NZ$14-$18 for two people in a tent/powered site
  • Martinborough Top 10 Holiday Park,Martinborough – NZ$44-$56 for two people in a tent/powered site
  • Lake Ferry Holiday Park, Lake Ferry – NZ$15 per person for a tent site, NZ$25 for two people in a tent site
  • Mawley Holiday Park, Masterton – NZ$36-$40 for two people in a tent/powered site
  • Kawakawa Camping, Cape Palliser – NZ$30 per self-contained vehicle
  • Castlepoint Holiday Park, Castlepoint – NZ$23 per person for a tent/powered site
  • Carterton Holiday Park, Carterton – NZ$32 for two people in a tent/powered site
  • Tauherenikau Racing & Events Centre, Featherston – NZ$15 for two people in a non-powered campervan site.
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Paid Overnight parking with no facilities

Wellington City
  • Barnett Street Carpark, on the corner of Barnett Street and Cable Street – NZ$4/h, NZ$12/12 hours, or NZ$24/24 hours (Note:Avoid overnight parking here on Saturdays due to the Sunday Market.)
  • [Update: this carpark has now closed]. North Kumutoto Carpark, next to Bluebridge Ferry on Waterloo Quay – NZ$4/h, NZ$15/12 hours, NZ$25/24 hours

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  • Battle Hill Forest Park,Pauatahanui – NZ$6 per person
Upper Hutt
  • Kaitoke Forest Park, Waterworks Road – NZ$6 per person for a tent/non-powered site, NZ$14 per person for a powered site
  • Ladle Bend and Summit along the Rimutaka Rail Trail – Free (Ladle Bend lies below the Rail Trail near the Pakuratahi River)
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Department of Conservation Campsites

  • Otaki Forks Campsite, Otaki – NZ$8 per person
  • Waikawa Campsite, Waikawa – Free
Lower Hutt
  • Catchpool Valley Campsite,Wainuiomata – NZ$13 per person
  • Graces Stream Campsite,Wainuiomata – Free
  • Matiu/Somes Island – NZ$13 per person (tent site, access by boat)
  • Bucks Road Campsite, Featherston – Free
  • Corner Creek Campsite, Palliser Bay – NZ$8 per person
  • Holdsworth Campsite, Holdsworth – NZ$8 per person
  • Kiwiwhakapapa Campsite, Masterton – NZ$8 per person
  • Putangirua Pinnacles, Cape Palliser -NZ$8 per person
  • Waiohine Gorge Campsite, Greytown – NZ$8 per person
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Freedom camping in Wellington

Wellington City Centre
  • Southern end of the Evans Bay Marina Carpark in Hataitai
  • Te Kopahou Reserve entrance car park in Owhiro Bay.
  • Ngatitoa Domain
  • Bradeys Bay Park
  • Onepoto Esplanade Reserve
  • Motukaraka Point Reserve
Lower Hutt
  • Graces Stream Campsite,Wainuiomata – Free (tent site, walking access only 800m from car park)
Upper Hutt
  • Ladle Bend and Summit along the Rimutaka Rail Trail (Ladle Bend lies below the Rail Trail near the Pakuratahi River)- Free
  • Waikawa Campsite, Waikawa – Free (suitable for non-self-contained and tents)
  • Garden Road/Matatua Road car park, Raumati Beach (in front of Raumati Swimming Pool)
  • Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach car parks opposite 54, 62 and 69 Marine Parade
  • Waikanae River Mouth at the end of Tutere Street, Waikanae Beach
  • Waikanae Park, Park Avenue, Waikanae
  • Waimea Road beach car park, Waikanae Beach
  • Field Way, Waikanae Beach car park on north side of Waimeha Stream
  • North Bank, Otaki River, Otaki Beach
  • Ngawi Camping Area(on the coastal side of Cape Palliser Road, opposite Ngawi settlement)
  • North Tora Camping Area(on the coastal side of Tora Farm Settlement Road, at the Awhea River mouth)
  • South Tora Camping Area(on the coastal side of Tora Farm Settlement Road, south of Awheaiti Stream – campervans and caravans not permitted).
  • Te Awaiti Camping Area(between Te Awaiti Road and Oterei River)
  • Lake DomainReserve (on the northern shores of Lake Wairarapa just outside Featherston. Drive downMurphy’s Line and follow the Wairarapa Moana signs. The camping area is on the right when you get to the lake)
  • Ocean Beach, Featherston (4WD recommended)
  • Bucks Road Campsite, Featherston (DoC)

Plus, check out 15 Free Camping Spots in Wellington.

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