Punakaiki Beach Camp

Punakaiki Beach Camp

Punakaiki Beach Camp


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12 Punakaiki

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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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Punakaiki Beach Camp

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South IslandWest CoastPunakaiki


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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 7 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.

Oonagh's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice place on the beach. Not many toilets or showers so some queuing.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Kate's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

Beautiful location, great beach access but facilities are very dated and woefully inadequate for the summer crowds.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Beth's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great spot handy to local bike and walking tracks. We rode in the Paparoa Track on the bikes for the morning before continuing on our journey North. Great track and worth spending a couple of hours exploring at least. Awesome food truck on the campsite selling Whitebait patties and coffee, short walk to the beach. Quiet campsite with great views of the pancake rock cliffs, would stay again.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Emma's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great place! Loved the area and Debbie was lovely when we checked in. The facilities were clean and fantastic, the showers were really lovely. Our site happened to have a picnic table next to it which was ideal for cooking and coffee in the morning (before the great one we got from the cart on the way out). My only downfall would be getting rushed at by a dog who resided by the car park to the walking track, while a bit scary at the time it wouldn’t stop us from staying again!!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Gary Clarkson's avatar

Gary Clarkson

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Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful spot despite the Wild West coast weather. Awesome showers and toilets. Nice friendly staff. Would recommend

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Ying's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

We stayed a few nights here and really enjoyed it. Great location by the river and walking distance to the rocks, cave and beach. The kitchen was a bit cramped + and some of the elements didn't work well so cooking dinner took a bit of patience. But the facilities were clean and tidy and having a dry room to dry out our wet clothes was a nice bonus.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Dan's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Pros-amazing location
Beautiful grounds
Right on the beach
Friendly staff

Cons- no hand wash in bathroom on both nights (not on especially with covid around)
A leaking urinal that flooded the bathroom floor. I know it happens but it took a while before they cleaned the floor. Glad I had shoes on. Those were my only qualms. Would stay again.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Gemma's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Friendly staff who recommended some local walks nearby. Bathroom facilities really clean with free hot showers (press button to keep water going). Short drive (or walk) to Pancake Rocks which are must see in Punakaiki.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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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 almost 2 years 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 over 2 years ago

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 over 2 years 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 over 2 years 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 over 2 years ago