Pohowera, Kaikoura

Pohowera, Kaikoura

Overnight Campervan Parking


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- Camping for free in a certified self-contained vehicle is allowed for a maximum of 1 night in
any four week period.
- Vehicles must park within defined spaces.
- One vehicle per space.
- All personal effects must be kept within the vehicle.
- Maximum 15 vehicles.

Closed 15 August to end of February the following year to protect the nesting banded dotterel/Pohowera
threatened species.)

New Zealand’s Banded Dotterel (Pohowera) nest on this beach and they need your help! Pohowera are as endangered as Kiwi. Their numbers have reduced by 60% in the last 5 years and they are disappearing from many sites across NZ.
Pohowera are ground nesting and their nests are very hard to spot so please, stay on tracks, do not light fires on the beach and keep any dogs on leads


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Kaikoura District Council

Local government organisation


South IslandKaikoura RegionKaikoura


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Jack's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Nice large beachside campsite. No water No toilet. A bit noise from motorway in night but it's ok. It's shame to see someone left a few bags of rubbish somewhere around the bushes.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Rodney's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

A great place for a few nights, if you arrive late its Probably full. If it looks full don't drive in as getting out will not be easy and there is no reason to wake the entire campsite. The signs tell you the rules , if you don't understand , you should go somewhere else.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Azin's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Wow! Maybe the most beautiful free campsite so far. Amazing view, clean toilet and nice people. Thank you New Zealand! :)

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Chelle's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Lots of space, but you still need to get there fairly early to get a spot.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Megan Belanger

Ranking: 9/10

The site was great but definitely overcrowded. There’s only three toilets, which is great for the limits set by the campsite (20 vehicles), but there were over 70 cars parked by the end of the night. We got there around 2-3pm and there was plenty of room, we went for a walk and came back around 6-7 and there were tons of cars! This made the toilets a bit smelly and we had to queue up for them in the morning. However, being a free site, can’t complain. Beautiful ocean views and a good 30 min walk into town. Easy access to the Peninsula walk and a great little food truck (Kaikoura Cheeky Lobster Sea View Food Trailer) with cheap and delicious dumplings and amazing crepes. Not a bad stop at all :)

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Rosemary M

Ranking: 7/10

Busy campsite so get there early and don't get stuck in the sand in the lower section. Portable toilets which were fine, as you'd expect. Beautiful sunset and a good location.

Reviewed over 3 years ago