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Purakaunui Bay - primo

Purakaunui Bay - primo

Plenty of room

Plenty of room

Purakaunui Bay Camping Ground

Purakaunui Bay Camping Ground

Cheryl Pullar

Seal checking out the waves

Seal checking out the waves

Philip Ient

DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

What a place! Not too far off the main road, down a narrow unsealed section - watch out for sheep. Beautiful beach, vast grassy areas, seals, striking cliffs as well as a good surf beach. The famous Purakaunui Falls are not far away. This camp site is definately well worth the trip.

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Phone: (03) 477 0677

Phone (intl): +64 3 477 0677

Owaka Address:
Purakaunui Bay Rd, Catlins Coast


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    Camp on the coast. Striking cliff faces can be seen from the campsite and Purakaunui Falls are not far. There is a good surf beach to the south of the camp. Cosgrove Island, a wildlife refuge, is off the coast and Jacks Blowhole is 10 km to the north.

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51 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 9.

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Ranking: 10/10

Just a superb place to stay. Right by the beach, fires allowed and spectacular white cliffs are there see too. You might even see a sea lion on the beach. Don't be fazed by the drive in. Sure, it is a bit narrow for the last km or so but any vehicle can drive in with ease given awareness of other road users. We loved this place.

Reviewed 27 days ago

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Howard Kestrel

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful campsite. A fair way off the main road so nice and quiet. Plenty of space and great spots so it didn't feel cramped even with lots of other people. Incredible views over a gorgeous beach. Drop toilets, no shower, wifi or phone service.

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Lena Wesselink


Ranking: 10/10

Most beautiful campsite we have been to. Next to a nice beach with sea lions!! Such an amazing view! The toilets were clean but no toilet paper. The drive is long and on gravel but it is really worth it! Doesn't have a shower or WiFi as said in the app of course.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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R Taylor

Ranking: 9/10

Great overnight spot! Bit of snow on the road on the way down but it is the middle of winter! Watched the seals come to shore in the evening and back out to sea the next morning. Amazing!

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Simeon W


Ranking: 6/10

Not many facilities but nice beach and nice view, swimming in the ocean may involve swimming with sea lions.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in March 2014

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Marine Pesce

Ranking: 7/10

Impressive surroundings, we appreciated the tap in one of the toilets so you can wash yourself. Very quiet, because it's far from the road.

Reviewed about 1 year ago