Which filters for free camping spots with Wikicamps NZ – Backpacking Tips

How to use Wikicamps for free camping spots in New Zealand

For a successful search with Wikicamps, it is best to use the following settings to find your place in your non-self contained Mini Van or your car (where you are sleeping in).

Please note that you definitely have to read the comments in Wikicamps, sometimes there are places in the map that may not be allowed for camping. In addition, you can usually read interesting information about how the condition is and what else is there to note or know for that place.


Installing the app

First, if you don’t already have it, you need to download the app WikiCamps NZ. Available for Android and IOS. After downloading please install the app.


Search criteria

Go to filters and then set the following settings. Press on site types and features. Please use then in the search settings the following options, if you are traveling longer, it makes sense to save these settings. Then you can easily use them every time you search for a free camping spot.


  1. Show Campgrounds (all other options in Block Site Types on Hide)
  2. Requires Free, Without Self-Contained Vehicles only (if you have an SC then please do not set the filter).


Screenshot of the Wikicamps NZ Settings

Wikicamps New Zealand Settings 1

Screenshot of Wikicamps New Zealand Settings

Wikicamps New Zealand Settings 2

Wikicamps New Zealand Settings Screenshot

Wikicamps New Zealand Settings 3

These are all settings to find free campsites for your NSC within New Zealand.

If you are traveling with a tent, the selection is a lot smaller, then please add the filter Requires Tent Area in your search.


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One Comment

  1. Wikicamps is the nice software after I read this article I really wonder that it would help us while traveling thanks for sharing this useful information to the public. keep posting.

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