Clifton Road Reserve

Clifton Road Reserve

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68 Rankers Reviews

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69 Freedom Camping

2 Te Awanga

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Clifton Road Reserve - for self contained vehicles.

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There is a donation box near the toilet block and a suggested donation of $3.00 per person is welcomed.

Beachfront free-camping! We love it. If you're a certified self-contained vehicle, this spot is a wee gem.
Wake up to the sunrise and the waves at Te Awanga, a hop, skip and jump from Cape Kidnappers where the gannets live. Leave the place as you found it and enjoy the surrounds!

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North IslandHawkes BayTe Awanga

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Debbie

Ranking: 7/10

I have been here about six times now and usually stay one night. Yesterday after noon a local decided as they were leaving to speed off and sprayed me van with shingle. The night before someone was hooning around. It seems to happen Everytime I go.

Reviewed 17 days ago

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Lauren

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely spot to freedom camp by the sea. Note that’s it’s quite boggy in most spots after rain so take care! Two toilets onsite that are open 24/7 (you’ll need a torch at night) with waste and mixed recycling bins. There is quite a bit of noise from traffic during the day and in the evenings.

Lots of locals pop by in the morning, often with their dogs. Take care not to park in the dog poo that they’ve left behind 😉😉

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Tedy

Ranking: 10/10

Thisnis stunning apot right next to see. Can get very bussy..better to arrive early to have the best spot. Can be windy. Clean toillet and water source

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Miri

Ranking: 9/10

Great place to stop for the night. Right by the ocean, can park between trees if you need some privacy. Toilets clean with lots of toilet paper and running water. No drinking water, but great freedom camping spot

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Sailing Family (UK)

Ranking: 8/10

Very large site, masses of space for everyone, mostly gravel / dirt - not much grass. Lots of trees / bushes to separate campers. Clean toilets. Drinking water. Road was intermittently noisy with fast cars but not many during the night. Stones and then a sandy beach with rolling waves breaking. Recommended.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Mike Smith

Ranking: 10/10

We loved this place so much, wish we could have stayed more than 2 nights. Tons of parking, can’t see how it would fill up. Varied spots among the bushes, along the beach, and set back. Lovely waves crashing and beautiful beach (pebble beach). 2 flush toilets with no lights, also no toilet seat, but cleaned regularly.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Mark Jarvis

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing site right next to the sea. Little pockets of hedges and trees means you can fine a secluded spot for the night. Great toilet block and drinking water facilities. A little out of Napier but we found this to be considerably better than the free camping sites found there that were crowded and bad toilets. Worth the drive. For those looking for showers we found some for $3 next to the iSite in Napier, excellent facilities.

Reviewed 10 months ago and experienced in September 2019

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Mark Jarvis

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing site right next to the sea. Little pockets of hedges and trees means you can fine a secluded spot for the night. Great toilet block and drinking water facilities. A little out of Napier but we found this to be considerably better than the free camping sites found there that were crowded and bad toilets. Worth the drive. For those looking for showers we found some for $3 next to the iSite in Napier, excellent facilities.

Reviewed 10 months ago and experienced in September 2019

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Dona Shiell

Ranking: 9/10

A lovely spot for an overnight stay. Quite popular, but we found a nice spot between two trees, which was sheltered. There are only two toilets, which were clean and well maintained. Pebble beach and nice views. The shop, pub and chippie are a short walk away. Pub and chippie are closed on Monday, we could not partake - perhaps next time. Prices at Four Square were very reasonable.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Ruby

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful. Little pockets among trees gives privacy if preferred or park in open area closer to see. Little shopping area has everything you would need. Lovely cafe a bit further up the road....highly recommend any time of year

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Stefan Miedzinski

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Very good place with lots of space. Close to Cape kidnappers and Hastings area.
Noisy waves were awesome. Close to a road which gets silent at night.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Glen Marshall UK

Ranking: 9/10

We visited Napier on the Monday after the Art Deco weekend festival & decided to do it justice we would stay local & return to do a second day but didn’t want to stay in one of the sites in town as they were very busy, so went to Clifton reserve which was a diamond of a site which we couldn’t fault in anyway, great clean toilet facilities & drinking water on site, Napier town council deserve to be proud, also a short walk to a great local shop & fish & chip take away which is also very popular with the locals. However one of my best treats was the British car museum which is run by a guy call Ian who is a amazing character & his collection of cars is amazing he actually stayed open well past his closing time as he enjoyed as we did talking about bygone year of motoring he is a genuine & lovely guy. I would strongly recommend a visit & the campsite which has ample parking for self contained campers with responsible owner / users will come back here again as Napier is definitely worth a visit
Jasmine & Glen Uk

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Andy Bond

Ranking: 8/10

First wild camp stop this 2018/19 trip
Great place next to the sea, a number of motorhomes here tonight with plenty of space between us all.
Parking is pebbles or gravel which is fine as no chance of getting stuck on wet grass.
Noisy waves really adds to the wild location certainly our sort of camp area. The ones nearer Napier were busy and next to road and railway.
Not a place to sea kayak from as big dumping waves.

10/12/18 Back again in really nice weather oh sooo much nicer than our stay a few weeks ago it was busy but plenty of space especially at the northern end.
Great views amazing stars last night its not until you get to places like this you really appreciate just how full of stars the sky really is. Toilets clean drinking water via a drinking fountain so don't expect to fill up your van. Great view to Kidnappers cove which we had sea kayaked yesterday.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago