McMillan Road Freedom Camping...

McMillan Road Freedom Camping Area


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Welcome to McMillan Road

Our community consider ourselves fortunate to be kaitiaki / guardians of this unique forest, mountain and
beach environment. We want you to enjoy our place as much as we do, so rather than leave no trace, please
leave it better for the locals and visitors that will follow in your footsteps.

Throughout the Buller and Grey Districts freedom camping areas like this one are provided to assist in the
preservation of our stunning coast and inland forest areas. Please use these sites and their facilities to protect
the environment for those who live here, our visitors, and future generations to come.

You can do your part to help keep this place beautiful by:
 Keeping your stay to a maximum of 2 nights in self contained vehicles only
 Only staying overnight in the designated area, as shown on the map
 Not driving on the beach. The sand is very soft and many vehicles have been stuck out there. This
beach is also a breeding ground for Tuturiwhatu (Banded Dotterel) and Torea Pango (Variable Oyster-
 Only using the toilets in your vehicles. Please do not use the surrounding bush for this purpose
 Disposing of any waste water in your vehicles waste system
 Respecting those you share the site with. Please keep noise to a minimum, and your gear well
 Keeping access ways clear for other users
 Calling 111 in the event of a fire. Please ensure any bonfire sites are clear of rubbish before you leave
 Taking all your rubbish with you. Bins for disposal are available in Punakaiki, Westport, Hector,
Karamea and Reefton. Please only place your rubbish in a bin, not beside it to prevent the local
birdlife from spreading it far and wide.
 Dump stations are available on The Esplanade in Westport, The Strand in Reefton and at the Cobden
Bridge in Greymouth.

For more information about freedom camping in the Grey District please head to , and in the Buller District head to Enjoy your stay and thank you for respecting our


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Pablo Boris's avatar

Pablo Boris

Ranking: 7/10

Lovely spot near the beach and 3 min from the Pancake Rocks. No bathrooms, no water, lots of sandflies. If its too windy its hard to cook, but not impossible. Doc ranger checking daily. Sandflies level: 7.

Reviewed 9 months ago

Tinche's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great place to stay for self-contained campers. Beach was great for a walk. The rooster was a bit annoying in the morning.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Matthewsfamily's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

No toilet but being self contained its not an issue. Beautiful beach. We made a we fire and had marshmallows and met some cool people. Friendly wekas boosting around in the morning. Kids loved it.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Almudena's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Perfect for relaxing just in the middle of the nature, on the super beautiful and wild beach. No facilities, so just full contained vehicles are allowed.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Leon's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Good spot. No power or water, but very nice and peaceful!!! Sandfly's, but not so much if the southwesterly is on.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Richard & Chris, UK

Ranking: 8/10

Basic car park but away from the main road and very peaceful apart from the sound of the breakers on the beach. Note: this site is actively managed, with a community ranger visiting the site to make sure everyone was SCC. Oh, and sandflies. Lots and lots of sandflies.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Steve Mac

Ranking: 9/10

Great little spot. No power or water, but nice and peaceful, right beside the beach

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Clare's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Freedom campsite, no toilet, next to the most beautiful beach.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Tania's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great Place, close to the sea.
Space for up to 10 Cars/Campervans.
Take care of sandflies and hungry thief chicken birds.

Reviewed over 2 years ago