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South IslandSouthlandOwaka

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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Pieke

Purakaunui Bay - primo

Purakaunui Bay - primo

Plenty of room

Plenty of room

Purakaunui Bay Camping Ground

Purakaunui Bay Camping Ground

Cheryl Pullar

Contact Details

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.

    Adult $8/day
    Child $4/day

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58 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 10.

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Nathalie Gobin

Ranking: 9/10

Worth getting there. Beautiful beach. Toilets OK. A small sink. Good spot to stop on the coast.

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Linda Livett

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

The beach here was magnificent and deserves a 10/10. There is a lot of room for camping but we found it a bit too open and busy. A lot of people meant that the toilets were less than clean.

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Mark

Ranking: 10/10

This is a stunning site. Beautiful beach, plenty of room for campers of all sorts, clean toilet facilities. All you could wish for.

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Mick Williams

Ranking: 10/10

If your a freedom camping ready surfer this place bangs! Doc site with heaps of room with on off beach access to other pitches. Beautiful location with sea lions and pumping surf. We did New Year's Eve here. Busy but still lots of space. Great vibe.

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Pritpal Singh

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely campsite. Managed to find a sheltered spot in the sun. Basic but clean facilities. Saw a sea lion chasing another one around the beach in the morning.

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Matthiew Rey

France

Ranking: 8/10

One of the best campsites we have been to in New Zealand. Stunning view, big campsite, not too busy, gravel road to access but it is not a big deal.

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