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South IslandNelson RegionMotueka

McLeans Recreation Area and Overnight Campervan Parking - Woodstock

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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

Huge grassy areas

Huge grassy areas

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


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

Tatiana Rochereau's avatar

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!

Reviewed 4 days ago

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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.

Reviewed 11 days ago

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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.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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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.

Reviewed 6 months ago

Ian's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Manolis Pavlakis


Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Aline Patricio's avatar

Aline Patricio


Ranking: 8/10

Good river campsite.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2014

Johanna Bak's avatar

Johanna Bak


Ranking: 7/10

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

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2014

Julie Ledanois's avatar

Julie Ledanois


Ranking: 7/10

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

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2014

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Justin globalgauthiers.blogspot.com


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!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Mark Hofmann


Ranking: 7/10

Free, toilet very full.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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kamil Benes

Czech Republic

Ranking: 8/10

A calm place even though it is near the road. Lots of sand flies. It's free.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Emmanuelle Brevier


Ranking: 8/10

Free camping with facilities (toilets). Adjacent to the Motueka river, riverside picnic and swimming spot, quiet not very clean toilets.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in January 2014