Punakaiki Beach Camp



161 Rankers Reviews

71 Face-to-Face

47 Camping Grounds

53 Dump Station

10 Punakaiki



View from above on the cliffside
Camping under the cliffs
Kitchen Facilities
Early morning in front of camp
In the heart of the Paparoa national park
Family cabins
Sunset at Punakaiki
Pancake rocks and blowholes, 700m from Punakaiki Beach Camp


Your home base to explore Punakaiki and walk The Paparoa Track

Between the beach, river and National Park the Punakaiki Beach Camp is truly a paradise holiday destination.

Whether staying in a cabin or powered/ non-powered site you can be sure to hear the ocean crashing and the birds singing. An ideal spot for a couple of nights stay. The camp is beside the beach with tracks going into the National park.

The camp is located 700m south of the Pancake Rocks under magnificent limestone cliffs. We have full kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities available. Hot showers included.

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  • Dump Station
  • Camping Grounds





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This review was selected by Jed Findlay of Punakaiki Beach Camp on Fri 04 Dec, 2015.

Janelle Sterling's avatar

Janelle Sterling

Ranking: 10/10

Beauty spot! Good clean bathrooms and kitchen, nice spots to pitch tents that are sheltered from wind. Within walking distance to Pancake Rocks and other activities. Great value, would stay here again and again!

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

Punakaiki Beach Camp responds:

HI Janelle, thanks heaps for your review! We are glad you enjoyed your stay! Will see you next time.

Felipe's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Nothing to complain really, complete kitchen, warm and great showers, great wifi, steps away from the beach and a good pub next door. All that really close to Punakaiki, hikes, river kayaking, etc

Reviewed about 1 month ago and experienced in June 2020

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Sarah and Pete

Ranking: 8/10

Helpful location for the pancake rocks (a walk away). Close to the beach. Spectacular section of coast with impressive sea and backdrop of hills and forest. Good, clean facilities including cooking and eating area. Our non powered site was grassed with plenty of space. Lulled to sleep by sound of waves.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Pateke's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

An absolutely stunning spot near the beach and river with fantastic views of the cliffs. The facilities are a bit old, but obviously well looked after and kept nice and clean. A wonderful spot to relax in. WiFi is only available from the kitchen area if that's something you want.

Reviewed 8 months ago

Lukas's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Its nice when you want to stay close to pencake rocks. Its packed with people and the facilities are slightly to small. Taking this into account the facilities are fairly clean.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Mrs Lounis

Ranking: 9/10

We unfortunately had pooring rain so did not spend a lot of time here. Very clean and good facilities. Right on the beach that you hear during the night! Amazing! Good big camper spots! Best camp spot on the west coast drive

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Blu Ice

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

We loved this place so much we stayed a couple of nights. The staff were friendly and busy keeping the campground in top order. Has a lovely beach, great views of cliffs, walks. The showers are great and the cooking area good. I'd go back to this one.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Fred's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Visited Nov 19 - $44 for two people on a powered site.
Fantastic location. The beach is meters away and there are great views of the hills.
Showers are hot and free.
Punakaiki Tavern is a minutes walk away if you want a drink or something to eat.
Very short drive to the amazing Pancake Rocks.
Wifi not brilliant for us but that might be just the site we were on

Reviewed 10 months ago

Cass's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Totally agree with Lia previous review - thanks as it helped when we were looking around. This one is worth staying for location to the fabulous west coast and the amazing pancake rocks up the road. Wifi is abit hit and miss but site 21/1/2 seem better (we were in 2) not very level sites thou for a camper. Tavern just on the corner was fabulous for a drink, back garden area, game of pool and they do take away alcohol sales

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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ScoutnIndi's avatar



Ranking: 8/10

This caravan park is located on the outskirts of Punakaiki, within walking distance of the Tavern. The laundry facilities were good, the bathrooms were clean with plenty of hot water for the showers. It was possibly a little overpriced for the low season, but we were happy. Nice, big campground with powered or unpowered sites.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in June 2019

Lia's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Lovely location right by the beach. $44 for powered site for 2 people. Bit blustery when we were there but it is early September! Powered camper pitches right by the tree line to the beach.
Free hot showers, they do go off every 20-30 seconds but you can just hit the button as many times as you need. Reading previous reviews; yes the actual toilet area has no outer door but the toilet stalls and the shower stalls each have individual doors.
Kitchen is a good setup and the picnic tables and odd sofas are nice outside.
WiFi actually worked perfectly for both of us in the camper itself and we were parked by the beach in spot number 1, might have been a coincidence as it’s off season and only 4 other campers here, but fine by us!
Overall great little campsite to break up the journey down the west coast.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Klaus's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Schöner, direkt am Meer gelegener Platz. 22$/Person mit Strom.
Großzügige Plätze, Duschen und WCs top. Schöne Wanderungen ab dem Platz möglich

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Luci's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Amazing views from the peaks and close to the beach for a nice sunset.
The internet wasn't working really well.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Heather Abbott

United States

Ranking: 8/10

We really enjoyed this spot/location to campervan. Spaces are fairly large and the backdrop of the mountains with beach front access is great. The facilities aren't the cleanest (not dirty but not pristine) but it is right on the beach so sand is bound to get in. It felt much more like camping than some of the holiday parks which was more of the appeal to us. Showers included, you have to keep pushing the shower button but no fee so that's a plus. WiFi wasn't great but worked well around the kitchen/lounge area.

Reviewed over 1 year ago