You can find free campsites by searching Rankers or CamperMate and using the filter to find only those that are free. Freedom Camping in New ZealandYour final option for campsites is freedom camping. It is illegal to spend the night in areas that are not designated for Freedom Camping, and you can be fined. Freedom camping is becoming more and more restricted throughout New Zealand, as many people are not respecting the rules. Additional Reading: If you plan to do some freedom camping in New Zealand, please familiarize yourself with the Leave No Trace principles.