9 Rankers Reviews
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
https://www.greydc.govt.nz/our-district/freedom-camping , and in the Buller District head to
http://bullerdc.govt.nz/freedom-camping-in-buller. Enjoy your stay and thank you for respecting our
South Island ▷ West Coast ▷ Punakaiki
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.
Great place to stay for self-contained campers. Beach was great for a walk. The rooster was a bit annoying in the morning.
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.
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.
Good spot. No power or water, but very nice and peaceful!!! Sandfly's, but not so much if the southwesterly is on.
Richard & Chris, UK
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.
Great little spot. No power or water, but nice and peaceful, right beside the beach
Freedom campsite, no toilet, next to the most beautiful beach.
Great Place, close to the sea.
Space for up to 10 Cars/Campervans.
Take care of sandflies and hungry thief chicken birds.