Beach Road, Kakapothahi

Beach Road, Kakapothahi

Overnight Campervan Parking



4 Rankers Reviews

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28 Freedom Camping

7 Hokitika


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Self-contained vehicles only
No more than 2 consecutive nights
No fires
If there are more than 15 vehicles at the site then you must go to an alternative site.
If the site has 15 vehicles then you should click on the QR tile (on the signage) and check the WDC for alternatives or go to a paid campground.


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South IslandWest CoastHokitika


  • Freedom Camping
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Nadia's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Not sure why there aren’t reviews here, the lot was almost full but we got a great spot at 6 pm. Thank you local council! Drive to end of Beach Rd. Clean portable toilets. Close to beach, lovely views of wetlands & farmland.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Mike Townson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Epic. Seems like you drive into nowhere then arrive at a car part near a gorgeous deserted beach. Views all around. This would be perfect on a sunny day, wish we got there earlier. Don’t arrive late though, the 15 van max rule is enforced by the grey haired pitchfork brigade that turn up just before dark, after a good nosey around. They didn’t bother us as we got there early, but saw them block the road and turn people away. Guess they are trying to enforce the rules after trying to not have free campsite there. Anyway this place is perfect! Exactly what we were looking for in NZ and I’d encourage anyone to stay there if they get a spot. It was quiet when we arrived around 4pm.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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John's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Wilderness and camping trip by the beach. This is what you expect from New Zealand camping in the wild by the advertisements New Zealand roles out across the world. Max 15 spots and enforced by the locals each night struggling to keep it wild and free and clean.

Before this local crew, 30+ would turn up in those pretend self-contained cars and then proceed to shit all over the beach, light fires and play music to the early hours. Apparently there is even a few companies offering money back if you don't use the onboard toilet... What a piss take the locals, the land and those in truly self contained motor homes...

If you cannot afford a proper campervan then don't get one. Use a tour bus instead! I did 15 years ago with a friend and it was one of the best experiences of my travels back then...

Such a simple problem with an easy fix, it's almost as if the NZ government is messing it up on purpose!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Flatlanders's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Free, next to beach. Did have 3 tents on arrival right after dark. Since it says max 15 vehicles, there was room for us. Every spot has a wooden marker left or rightside of the lot. Very clean dixies (portable toilet) which was a suprise. Great site to spend thee night going up or down from/to glacierarea. Few km gravelroad to get to spot. It's a bit further than map shows. Just keep driving to the end of the road. Watch the birds crossing the road!!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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