The Strand Freedom Camping Area...

The Strand Freedom Camping Area, Reefton


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Welcome to The Strand

Our community consider ourselves fortunate to be kaitiaki / guardians of this unique forest, mountain and
river 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 beautiful Buller / Kawatiri District 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
 Using the toilets provided
 Not washing directly in the river. Please collect water and dispose of it in your vehicle waste system
 Only staying overnight in the designated area, as shown on the map
 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. Open fires are prohibited at this site.
 Rubbish bins for disposal are available in Punakaiki, Westport, Hector, Karamea and Reefton. If the
bins are full, please take your rubbish elsewhere as the local birdlife love to spread bags of rubbish
 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 Buller District please head to Enjoy your stay and thank you for respecting our


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Buller District Council

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Valg's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Just the best place to be when there is a red heavy rain warning . A great friendly little town. A great spot by the river. Although the Reefton pub welcomed us to their carpark in case of flooding in return we had an evening meal there, but no pressure. Exceptionally clean toilets . Dump station. An awesome little heated public pool 5 mins walk away with hot showers to finish.We stayed 4 nights , longer than planned due to the weather and enjoyed what the town had to offer. Information centre a great spot to spend time with documentary’s of the area playing.
We felt safe and welcomed
Thank you Reefton !

Reviewed 6 months ago

Wayne's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Ticks every box. Thnx Reefton.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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The Gillies

Ranking: 10/10

This was another super spot by a river. Clean toilets, water, dump station and access to washing machines. A walk through the wee town was well worth it. Had a visit from a friendly camp warden.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Rowee's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Not many places to park.. Maybe 5 or 6 motorhomes though there were a couple in tents as well.
Dump station close by.
Immaculate public toilets.
You are beside the river with a couple of pubs and cafes within 100 metres

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Angela's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Very quaint campsite, not many parking spaces so will need to negotiate with your neighbours as vehicles can’t use the day parking on the other side. Clean toilets, quite a few sandflies by the lake

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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John G's avatar

John G

Ranking: 10/10

Has dump station & drinking water tap supply. Use your own hosepipe.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Kristyl's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Excellent free camp site for csc. Toilets closed in winter. Right next to the river and park. Dogs allowed ( well no sign saying no dogs ) so our fur babies loved it. 1 minate walk to great pubs and fab cafe up the road.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

J&A's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Cleanest public toilets we have ever used in Australia and New Zealand. Thank you Reefton community. Pleasant outlook, birds chirping and open space with river and park in front.

Reviewed over 3 years ago