Simpsons Beach Camp

Simpsons Beach Camp


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Nicky's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful beachfront location for $10 per night if you are self contained. Couldn’t ask for better, especially travelling with pets. Mrs Simpson is a delightful person to deal with!

Reviewed 10 months ago

Jen's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Fantastic place lovely safe beach in a bay with rocks at one end to surf cast. Cash only, no power and empty for cassettes only.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Jenny's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great place at the beach! Peaceful, large meadow, you‘re free to choose any spot you like. In the far back is a stream and two swings in the trees. No ameneties at all, just like freedom camping, but with a guaranteed spot and much space around. $10 per camper is a fair price for that i think

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Gregor Hoffmann


Ranking: 8/10

I must say, that it is a very nice place. There's no toilet, that's right. The view is awesome. Nobody was rude. It was a nice old lady, that explained everything and we gave her 10$ for the night. All good, if you are self contained. :)

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Kat's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

I never camped here, but I called up to ask about the site and I have never been spoken to so rudely in my life, I was cut off when trying to ask a question and hung up on - not impressed! Very rude!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Deblaize Marc


Ranking: 9/10

Really nice place in the nature, directly at a beautiful beach. Only $10 for one night (2 adults). So nice!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Suzanne Vermeulen


Ranking: 5/10

The freedom camp site in Whitianga was full - only 3 vehicles allowed - so we moved to this place. Basically the same as freedom camping without any facilities. It is a nice stretch of gras next to the sea. We paid NZD 10 which is just okay knowing that better spots exist for free just a few kilometers down the road.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Garth Adams

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10


I`ve signed up just so that I could post a correction to the previous review. Having just called the number provided, I have been told that this site is only for self contained units,i.e. NOT FOR TENTS. I have been here a few times in the past few years (in a tent) as we fish the local beach, so was disappointed to confirm the above. We are aware of the toilets just down the road which we obviously used when we had to. I`m glad we had the opportunity to enjoy it in the past, but like many good things in NZ (and holiday camps in particular) this part of life seems to be disappearing.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Jo Myers

Ranking: 9/10

We stayed at Simpson's Beach in February 2015. A great spot with friendly hosts and a lovely quiet spot. You can pretty much choose where you want to park and make yourselves comfortable. We didn't get in any fishing or swimming but others certainly did. We thoroughly enjoyed our two-night stay and we will certainly be back.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Felix Rektor

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome place to spent a couple of nights! Very caring host and next to one of the most beautiful beaches in this area. The description is wrong though: not only self contained units are welcomed but also non self contained vehicles and campers with tents. Still 5$/night, doesn't get any better.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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David Spindler

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

This site was a little difficult to find but a quick call to the owner sorted it. What can we say? the site must be our favourite from the the month we spent in NZ. No trimmings just a field next to the beach, (with sheep) but what a beach! miles of empty sand in a beautiful bay, totally unspoilt and empty. We stayed just after Cyclone Lusi but although it was rough on the ocean our bay was calm and warm. Must be self contained, recommend the spring water in the tank, what a steal at five bucks a night!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Very reasonably priced $5 per night per van parking in the front paddock right on the beach, very welcoming hosts who have been doing this for eons. For self contained vehicles only. Very popular during holiday season & long weekends.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Dave Bugden

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Low cost camping. no facilities other than tap. Right by beach, lovely harbour

Reviewed over 11 years ago