Pouawa Beach

Pouawa Beach

Freedom Camping



5 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

228 Basic Camping

12 Gisborne


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Pouawa Beach


Just a 10 minutes drive from the city of Gisborne is freedom camping bliss. Several fantastic camping sites located right on the beachfront.

Te Tapuwae o Rongokako marine reserve is just a hop, skip and a jump away. Go explore!


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North IslandOut EastGisborne


  • Basic Camping



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Fifi and Jay

Ranking: 9/10

I love freedom camping! Go get a permit from places mentioned in other comments. We got ours from the Gisborne District Council. Paid $24 for 7 days which was reasonable. Very packed and hard to find a spot in peak season, but beautiful beach. You must have your own chemical toilet. Could not get reception on my mobile there, but great place to camp.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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C&P Macwhippy

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

At wonderful spot. The first time we have freedom camped, so I did feel nervousness over night re safety, but had no issue. Beach and rock pools meters away...
Seem silly that the information on the signs there is not on the information on Rankers....so here it is "what you need to camp here... A valid permit displayed on your vehicle, own chemical toilet, your own water, gas cooker."
Camping permits available from Gisborne council or isites, in Gisborne, Wairoa, Opotiki, Whakatane, Uawa Foodmarket Tolaga Bay.
I wish I had read this info before getting there.....:)

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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GN100's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Great beach, need permit which can be obtained from several locations (eg Gisborne iSite). Small area of land between main road and beach. In the peak season it is cramped and so you may end up next to the road ......we moved on but outside of peak season, get a site furthest away from road (eg right by the beach), where there are some good sites

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Graeme's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

A lovely spot to camp by the sea. Safe bathing in the rock pools when the tide was out. For a small fee a permit is issued to camp along this coastline that covers rubbish collect etc. A great scheme that should be considered by other local authorities around the country.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in February 2010

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J Holden

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Small fee to cover rubbish collection. Amazing beaches.

Reviewed over 9 years ago