We have seriously been getting into camping over the last few years. Every summer, around the new year, we have been setting up the canvas under the stars.
Camping is big business in New Zealand and camping and outdoor gear is sold everywhere as soon as the temperature gauge begins to edge upwards. We have been collecting camping equipment steadily since moving here and we now own two tents, one for quick weekend trips and one large canvas tent for more serious week holidays. (The larger tent is only unveiled when away for at least a week as it tends to take that long to construct the thing - it even has curtains!)
This week we unpacked the weekend tent and headed to a DOC (Department of Conservation) site about 40 minutes away. DOC sites are great but basic. You tend to have toilet, drinking water and sinks provided and that's about it. They are very cheap though and tend to be located in the most beautiful surroundings.
Roughing it in my opinion is fun anyway (as long as it's only for a short period on time!)
I love camping as it is truly one of the only methods of really getting away from the day to day distractions and spending time together as a family (with no internet, TV or Minecraft to distract people). I am clearly not the only person who feels this way as there were a lot of other families swimming in the river and unpacking bikes and barbecues from the back of their SUVs.
I am now busy planning our next camping trip to explore a bit further from home. :)