Where To Stay On The West Coast In A Camper Van

So you've decide to tour the West Coast in a camper van! A great choice. Now you need to figure out what you want to see and then where you can stay.

Michelle
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There are a number of choices of camping spots. I suggest mixing it up to get a feel for the area and decide what type of camp suits you best.

If you want a private place to camp for a night or two, we have a great space. At Blue Spur Farmstay you can have the area all to yourselves. The campsite is a spacious area with plenty of room for large or small vehicles. It has amazing views and scenery and the site is close to places that run fun family activities. While you're here you will see the best of New Zealand's outdoors! It's a private spot to park up, have a campfire and enjoy the farm and native bush. Enjoy your own space in a relaxed country atmosphere. No other houses are visible from ours yet we are only 10 mins from the town. Bring your marshmallows!


Where To Stay On The West Coast In A Camper Van


Where To Stay On The West Coast In A Camper Van
Blue Spur Farmstay - CAMPERVAN PARK - Hokitika
Welcome! The camp site is a private spot away from it all but only 10mins to the town. Families absolutely love staying on our eco-farm among the many farm animals. Friendly free ranging kune kune pigs, goats and a flock of coloured sheep as well as our cows, peacocks and turkeys.


Where To Stay On The West Coast In A Camper Van

We run an authentic NZ farmstay where you can get up close to all the animals. A short drive to town for supplies. Centrally located between all the major West Coast attractions. The campervan/motorhome area is a small private area right beside all the farm animals. Our farm in Blue Spur, Hokitika is a special place where we breed rare NZ sheep and Dexter cattle. We also have kune kune pigs, goats and fowl. Our farm house is completely off the grid and runs on solar panels. Directly behind our farm (a 5 min drive) is the site of an old goldmine dating back to the late 1800's. You can explore the area and see the old Chinese mining sites. Our farm is also very near the Arahura River, a very important source of pounamu (jade). Wander the banks of the river and see if you can find your own special piece.

Sorry, no pets allowed. All children must be supervised at all times as there are multiple hazards including ponds & streams.


Where To Stay On The West Coast In A Camper Van
Blue Spur Farmstay, HOKITIKA, N
Z


Where To Stay On The West Coast In A Camper Van

Do you want a break from sleeping in your van? Feel like a night in a comfortable bed? Book a night in our farmstay! We can sleep up to 7.


Where To Stay On The West Coast In A Camper Van
Blue Spur Farmstay Eco-home Hokitika, see animals! - Arahura Valley
Barn/Farmhouse in Arahura Valley. Stay on a farm & visit the animals. Experience an off-grid eco home, totally solar powered! Huge & very private room. Light breakfast provided in your room. 5mins drive to ...


Where To Stay On The West Coast In A Camper Van
Stay on a farm! Blue Spur Eco Farmstay Hokitika - Arahura Valley
Barn/Farmhouse in Arahura Valley. Experience an off-grid eco home, totally solar powered!. We are 5mins drive to the beach & 10min from the town centre. Meet the many farm animals, relax and take in the views of th...



DOC (Department of Conservation) CAMPSITE

What to expect

Serviced campsites* $18* adult; $9 child Serviced campsites have a wide range of facilities and services: flush toilets, tap water, kitchen/cooking bench, hot showers, rubbish collection and road access for all types of vehicles. Laundry facilities, BBQs, fireplaces, cookers and picnic tables may be provided.

Scenic campsites* $13* adult; $6.50 child These campsites are in high use locations and have a more limited range of facilities and services than Serviced campsites: toilets, water supply (tap, stream or lake) and vehicle or boat access. Wood BBQs and fireplaces, cold showers, picnic tables, a cooking shelter and rubbish bins may be provided.

Standard campsites $8* adult; $4 child These campsites have toilets, water supply (tap, stream, or lake) and vehicle or boat access. Wood BBQs and fireplaces, cold showers, picnic tables, a cooking shelter and rubbish bins may be provided. Backcountry campsites $6* adult; $3 child.

Backcountry campsites $6* adult; $3 child . Backcountry campsites have toilets and a water supply, which may be from a stream. Picnic tables, cooking shelters and fireplaces may be provided.

Basic campsites no charge These have very limited facilities so campers need to be fully selfsufficient. Basic toilets and water may be from a tank, stream or lake. * Extra charges apply for powered sites: $3 per adult; $1.50 per child.

Booking and paying fees Bookings are required for all Serviced campsites and for some Scenic and Standard campsites in peak season (usually 1 October – 30 April). Most bookings can be made at www.booking.doc.govt.nz or at a DOC Visitor Centre. Where bookings are not required, pay fees via the selfregistration system at the campsite, or at a Visitor Centre. These campsites operate on a first come, first served basis. Fees are generally charged per person per night, and reflect the level of facilities and services provided. DOC rangers patrol camping areas and will check that fees have been paid .

MY RECOMMENDED DOC SITES

HOKITIKA

Where To Stay On The West Coast In A Camper Van
Goldsborough Campsite
This sheltered and secluded campsite is the site of an old gold mining town. Explore the gold mining area and try your luck fossicking in the nearby creek.

Limited spaces here but an awesome little spot.


Where To Stay On The West Coast In A Camper Van
Lake Mahinapua Campsite
Camp beside Lake Mahinapua within forest surroundings. A popular overnight and day stop. Enjoy water sports in the lake.


This site has some fairly new facilities, is close to the lake and is really a lovely spot. Very popular in summer.

Where To Stay On The West Coast In A Camper Van
Hans Bay - Lake Kaniere Campsite
This is a large, grassy lake-front campsite beside beautiful Lake Kaniere. Fish from the jetty, boat or swim in the lake.

This is a beautiful site. Close the the lake and has good facilities. Gets really busy in summer so book ahead or get there early.



LAKE IANTHE


Where To Stay On The West Coast In A Camper Van
Lake Ianthe Matahi Campsite
Camp beside one of Westland's forest-lined freshwater lakes. Popular for boating, trout fishing and swimming.



LAKE MAPOURIKA


Where To Stay On The West Coast In A Camper Van
Otto/MacDonalds Campsite
Easily accessible. Boat, fish for trout or swim in Lake Mapourika.


REEFTON


Where To Stay On The West Coast In A Camper Van
Slab Hut Creek Campsite
Close to Reefton township and a great base for exploring Victoria Forest Park walks. Try gold fossicking in the creek, or mountain bike the road.

A popular site with high rankings online. 1st come 1st served.


FREEDOM CAMPING


The residents on the West Coast are becoming increasingly annoyed at freedom campers. There are a few reasons for this but the main one is that a few campers have been less than great visitors to the area. They have parked illegally and left some really unpleasant things behind. Campers have left toilet waste, rubbish etc, been abusive to locals and done damage to the area. It is best to choose a campsite that has a toilet, shower and is a legal designated over night camp site. Use an app on your phone or visit the local I-site for ideas of where to go.


Where To Stay On The West Coast In A Camper Van
New Zealand Travel and Camping Information | New Zealand Travel Information
Travelling in an unknown area can be daunting, especially when you are running low on petrol. Take the stress out of travelling by using CamperMate, the free New Zealand Travel app that shows you nearby locations of everything you'll need when travelling in a campervan from petrol stations to dump stations.


The West Coast is blessed with an abundance of secluded and scenic spots ideal for freedom camping, where camping is done in a location without facilities and is not a designated campground. In order to maintain the privileges of freedom camping and ensure the protection of our environment, it is important everyone camps responsibly and observes local freedom camping-related rules. You are responsible for learning what bylaws exist.


Where To Stay On The West Coast In A Camper Van
Freedom Camping | West Coast, New Zealand
Preserve the West Coast's natural beauty by camping responsibly. View the West Coast responsible camping code for information on where and how to freedom camp.


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This website is managed by Tourism Industry Aotearoa, the only independent organisation representing New Zealand's large and diverse tourism industry. TIA leads the Responsible Camping Forum which works to manage community, social and environmental issues around freedom camping. The Forum has around 30 members from the private sector and central and local government.



PAID CAMPGROUNDS

There are some excellent campgrounds on the West Coast. These have great facilities, are clean and are in amazing spots around the coast. Here are a few of my personal favourites.

ROSS BEACH TOP 10 HOLIDAY PARK

PUNAKAIKI BEACH CAMP

JACKSONS RETREAT ALPINE HOLIDAY PARK

KARAMEA HOLIDAY PARK

GREYMOUTH SEASIDE TOP 10 HOLIDAY PARK

CARTERS BEACH TOP 10 HOLIDAY PARK

FOX GLACIER TOP 10 HOLIDAY PARK

HAAST RIVER MOTELS & HOLIDAY PARK

BAZIL'S HOSTEL AND SURF SCHOOL - Westport




Where To Stay On The West Coast In A Camper Van
2 PRIVATE BEDROOMS - STAY ON A FARM 10min to town. - Arahura Valley
Oct 16, 2019 - 2 Views. 2 PRIVATE BEDROOMS - STAY ON A FARM 10min to town. is a 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms vacation rental in Arahura Valley, West Coast, New Zealand. 2 PRIVATE BEDROOMS - STAY ON A FARM 10min to town.


Where To Stay On The West Coast In A Camper Van
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