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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

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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Matthiew Rey


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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Kath Dawson

Ranking: 9/10

Towed an 8m caravan here - take care on the last 1 - 2 kms spacious grassy area, rubbishy bins, toilets were clean views are awesome, sea lions were on the beach short distances to other beaches walks and falls.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!