Purakaunui Bay Campsite

Purakaunui Bay Campsite

Catlins Coast



64 Rankers Reviews

35 Face-to-Face

104 Basic Camping

10 Owaka



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Purakaunui Bay - primo
Plenty of room
Purakaunui Bay Camping Ground


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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  • Basic Camping





  • Unpowered Campsite

    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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Sally Sargeant-Hu

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Spectacular location! It was dreamy to wake up next to the beach and the gorgeous ocean. The site was a little busy, but everyone was respectful and outside having a great time! Facilities were simple, but well kept.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Lisa Greenfield

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Loads of space. Right by the beach. Excellent toilets. Water supply (not drinking water). Lots of very happy dogs around. Seems to be a haven for pets. Totally recommend.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Ranking: 8/10

It's directly at the beach, clean long drop toilets and water supply. Don't park on the grass after lots of rain, it can get very muddy. No service at all and a long gravel road to the campsite but it's worth the view.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Stephen Lindsay

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Quite a narrow unsealed drive approaching the Bay. Lovely views of the bay but difficult to find a flat spot.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Elizabeth Gilbert's avatar

Elizabeth Gilbert

Ranking: 5/10

Great coastal view. Unfortunately sheep may safely graze, and the ground was thick with fresh evidence. Several morons on dirts bikes raced on the beach all through the evening. Very clean toilets.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Great spot right on the beach! They have basic public toilets that were pretty clean. I loved staying here, the view was breathtaking.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Linda Livett


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.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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