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Stop and stay in winter

Stop and Stay

Places that provide poor-weather activities onsite or nearby.



The Woodturners Kauri Gallery Parkover

Dargaville, LOW COST

Offers overnight parking as well as woodturning tuition, a gallery and a shop. Great views of the river, close to dairy, an opshop, takeaways and shopping.

WHO: self-contained vehicles, cabins.

FACILITIES: large vehicles.

ACTIVITiES: woodturning, kauri gallery, 20 mins walk to town or museum.


Dargaville Museum

Northland, LOW COST

Overlooking the town and river, it tells fascinating stories of the Kauri Coast, Māori, maritime & pioneer. 

WHO: self-contained vehicles.

FACILITIES: large vehicles.

ACTIVITiES: picnic spots, walking tracks, cycle trail, also see the Heritage Machinery Museum, pā site.


Historic Maritime Museum and Park

Paeroa, LOW COST

Home to a collection of goldfield/maritime history. Beautifully laid out grounds, river board walks, daily boat rides and friendly hosts. 

WHO: self-contained vehicles.

FACILITIES: large vehicles, power available ($),

ACTIVITiES: museum, picnics, river cruise, rail trail, walking tracks, cycling, kayak launch, pet friendly.


Coach House Museum 

Fielding, Manawatū, LOW COST

Enjoy an outstanding collection of rural NZ heritage— over 140 years of history.

WHO: self-contained vehicles.

FACILITIES: large vehicles, toilets (open hours), water, pet friendly, wheelchair access.

ACTIVITIES: museum, walk to town.


Hawera Holiday Park

Taranaki, COSTS

Peaceful camp at the edge of town. Hawera’s museums are unique and innovative: Elvis, an underground canal boat ride, local models.

WHO: cars, tents, motorhomes.

FACILITIES: dump station, power, toilets, showers, kitchen, lounge, laundry, wifi, BBQ, family friendly, 5 mins walk to the CBD, pets by arrangement.

ACTIVITIES: 3 museums, galleries, climb the tower, 4 opshops, swimming, walking, cycling.


Tui Mangatainoka Reserve Campground

Pahiatua, Wairarapa, FREE

Located across the road from the famous Tui Brewery, where you can take a tour.

WHO: self-contained vehicles.

FACILITIES: toilets, dump station, water, restaurant, pet friendly

ACTIVITIES: brewery tours, walks, swimming, picnics, kayaking, fishing.



Antique & Classic Boat Museum

St Arnaud, LOW COST 

Park beside the museum, and enjoy the collection of in-board, out-board and non-powered boats.

WHO: self-contained vehicles.


ACTIVITIES: museum, walks, cycling, swimming, boating, fishing, bird watching, tramping, local adventures.


Hanmer DOC Amenity Area

North Canterbury, FREE

A reasonably flat free camping area near town: hot pools, ice rink, shopping, eateries.

WHO: tents, vans, campervans.

FACILITIES: toilet just next door, 15 mins walk to town.

ACTIVITIES: hot pools, swimming, museum, craft and art galleries, shopping, eateries, golf, walking, tramping, cycling, many adventure opportunities.


Milford POP, Frenally Craft Shop

Temuka, LOW COST

This former school has space to unwind and socialise, indoor and out. Buy crafts or craft supplies. Take a class. Come for a visit, and stay over if you are self-contained. 

WHO: self-contained vehicles.

FACILITIES: craft shop, classes, morning & afternoon teas, pet friendly.

ACTIVITIES: playground, indoor/outdoor social areas, crafting classes.

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House of Hop Brewery and Restaurant

Geraldine, South Canterbury, FREE

Situated in a quiet rural setting with on site restaurant and craft brewery where you get epic craft beer and sensational food. 

WHO: self-contained vehicles.

FACILITIES: large vehicles, playground, sheep and alpacas to watch, pet friendly.

ACTIVITIES: brewery, restaurant, walks.


Naseby Holiday Park 

Central Otago, COSTS

In the “ice capital of NZ”, with historic old buildings, quaint pubs and café food. 

WHO: tents, vans, campervans.

FACILITIES: power, water, dump station, rubbish, toilets, showers, laundry, kitchen, lounge, playground, wheelchair access, large vehicles, 10 min walk to the town.

ACTIVITIES: luge, curling, ice-skating, dog sled riding, Dark Skies star gazing, walks, mountain biking, orienteering, cycling, walking, gold panning, close to Otago Rail Trail.


Tui Base Camp

Tuatapere, Southland, COSTS

Walk to the Bushman’s Museum, craft and art galleries. Family friendly, weekly rates.

WHO: tents, vans, campervans, backpackers.

FACILITIES: toilet, showers, laundry, kitchen, power, spa, sauna, dump station, playground, wifi, café, bar, pet friendly.

ACTIVITIES: museum, galleries, mini golf, bush walks, tramping, guided trips, jet boating. 


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