Clifton Road Reserve

Clifton Road Reserve

Freedom Camping


75 Rankers Reviews

6 Face-to-Face

1 Te Awanga

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Clifton Road Reserve - for self contained vehicles.


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!


Feature Value Info


North IslandHawkes BayTe Awanga


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


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Cafe's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing beachfront spot. Toilets are good. They have water tap for drinking. Also there are bins for rubish and recycling.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

DiggerDogg@Co's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Stunning beach front location, off-lead beach exercise area for doggo, 2 clean toilets. Plenty of parking sites.
Amazing place to watch the sun rise over the water right from the camper 🖤

Reviewed 7 months ago

Smitty's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

First time staying here very large area right by the ocean new toilets will be back

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Bethan's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great spot to stay for a night or two when visiting Hawkes Bay. In walking distance to a four square and takeaway shop. You can also walk to the Elephant Hill winery and cycle to other wineries. We stayed here as we had an early start the next day for the gannet tour. Would highly recommend.

Reviewed 12 months ago

Mic&Ric's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Nestled in the bushes right on the beach with a surf board seat/table provided. Couldn’t ask for much better. Lots of space for campers. 2 toilets. Stiff doors so needs a wee push/pull. Best to bring some toilet paper as it ran out first thing in the morning. They are maintained daily as well as the bins. Went for a swim. Later found out there are rips out there 😬.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Sabine's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Two clean toilets, drinking water, beach side sites as well as grass and more shaded sites. Highlight: PLENTY OF SPACE! Great to wake up with the smell and views of the ocean!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Alice's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Nice area (mix of grass and gravel) by the sea but get crowded quickly. 2 flush toilets and recycling bins.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Debbie's avatar


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 over 1 year ago

Lauren's avatar


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 over 1 year ago

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Top Ranked Awards 2015 Freedom Camping Finalist

Tedy's avatar


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 over 1 year ago

Miri's avatar


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 over 1 year 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 almost 2 years 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 almost 2 years ago