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McLeans Recreation Area

McLeans Recreation Area

Easy access for vehicles

Easy access for vehicles

Sheltered parking underneath trees

Sheltered parking underneath trees

Large area, very sheltered with loads of space underneath the trees for camping and positioned right next to the Motueka River. Good swimming and a haven for NZ lifestylers.
This site is clean (carry out your own rubbish) and is a self contained area only. It is easily accessable for large vehicles. No fires.

Contact Details

Motueka Address:
State Hwy 61


22 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 2.

Mike Elston's avatar

Mike Elston

Ranking: 7/10

Great spot. Has a toilet. Great beach for fires and no minimum stay!

Marina's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Vast expanse of grass along the river roadside. Good base for a short stopover. Has a toilet.

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Tatiana Rochereau

Ranking: 7/10

We stayed here two nights. Many, many places so don't worry. Closed to the road but not so many cars. We was not disturbed. 35km from Motueka. Toilets are dirty, some people leave their rubbish. No water supply but the river!

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Manu Hume

Ranking: 8/10

Spacious and plenty of shady trees, great swimming spots nearby, a bit close and exposed to the main road but good for an overnight stay. No cellphone coverage.

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Steve Warren's avatar

Steve Warren

Ranking: 8/10

Another free camp which passes the relax test. Right by the river, and a short drive to Motueka. Gets cold in winter.

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Anita and Wilbur

Ranking: 7/10

Easy to find and accurate on the App map. Approximately an hours drive after Abel Tasman National park, so fairly quick to settle in for the night after a hike.
Arrived in the dark so couldn't appreciate surrounds or see a toilet, etc. Road was close but we found it quiet (early August) and didn't even realise we were that close till light of morning. Next to the river, can imagine would be beautiful and peaceful during day or warmer months.

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Ian's avatar


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Ranking: 8/10

Stopped for lunch. Looks a good site. The current location marking is spot on.

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Manolis Pavlakis


Ranking: 9/10

A good stop for one night. The position was very inaccurate!

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Aline Patricio's avatar

Aline Patricio


Ranking: 8/10

Good river campsite.

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Johanna Bak


Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful spot. Close to Motueka. Free toilet so both self-contained and non self-contained vehicles are welcome.

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Julie Ledanois


Ranking: 7/10

Free, lots of space, toilet (little bit dirty), river for a swim.

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Ranking: 7/10

Free for vehicles. Large area covered with lots of trees. Very nice river next to it. Close to highway, so a bit of noise, but wasn't an issue. If you arrive in the dark DO NOT head straight towards river after turning off of hi-way without 4-wheel drive, it was very muddy and I almost made that mistake! Only a couple other vehicles in April. Long drop toilet was fairly old and one of the least nice in our NZ trip. We are also certain that the Camping NZ app had marked this place in the wrong location. The actual campground was a few Kms south and on the other side of the hi-way from the marked location on the app. So if arriving late, be aware of that! Nice campground!

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Mark Hofmann


Ranking: 7/10

Free, toilet very full.