Clifton Road Reserve

Clifton Road Reserve

Freedom Camping



59 Rankers Reviews

6 Face-to-Face

57 Freedom Camping

1 Te Awanga



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


Showing 13 reviews of 59.

Ruby's avatar


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 7 days ago

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Stefan Miedzinski


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 6 months 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 7 months 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 10 months ago

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Ranking: 9/10

Really nice place to stay. If you get there early you may be lucky to find a spot with a little privacy between the trees. Clean toilets and drinking water very close by. Close to napier and cape kidnappers.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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The 2 Joes

Ranking: 8/10

Plenty of space. Near the road but the waves distract you. Great spot right on the beach. Potable water available near the wheel chair accessible toilets. Elephant Hill Winery within 200m is open for dinner Thurs to Sat as well as lunch other days. It’s fine dining with a price tag to match. Expensive but very good - perfect for a special occasion.

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Peter's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

Great freedom site with clean flushing toilets and lots of parking either on the waters edge or in amongst the bushes on grass.
But the best bit was the fish & chip shop, grocery store and pub under 10 minutes walk down the road.
Would definitely stay here again.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Dave's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

A great place right beside the sea. Perhaps avoid weekends as there are numbers of young dirt track bikers using the reserve for their fun. They speed around the area without regard to adults, children and pets.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Becky's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic spot on the beach. We turned up mid afternoon and were lots of campers around but still room! Had a lovely meal at Elephant Hill Winery across the road before heading back to listen to the waves as we fell asleep =)

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Plenty of space and a beautiful view! Toilets are open 24/7 and there are lots of rubbish bins. Winery close by but wasn't open when we were there.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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The Farrs

Ranking: 9/10

Great free spot right on the beach! Flushing toilets and potable water tap.
We walked to the 4square for supplies and takeaway food from Gannets Bar. Lots of parking spaces with beautiful views. Listened to the waves at night :).

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Isabel van Megen


Ranking: 10/10

It is my favourite spot so far. Absolutely beautiful and with great accessibility and decent public toilets and fresh water supply. There is plenty of room and it is right by the ocean, so you fall asleep to the sound of the waves. There is also a great winery just next to it, called Elephant Hill. Can really only recommend this place!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Nigel & Annie Dale

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great free site, 2 large very clean toilets and a drinking fountain. Site is spacious & easy to find space March '18, either overlooking the sea or a little back from the shore. Self contained campervans only, inspectors do check. Can only stay 2 nights, would have liked to stay longer.

Within easy walk are wineries, a supermarket, coffee shop, take away, bar & quirky British car museum. For a treat we'd thoroughly recommend eating at Elephant Hill Winery 5-10 minutes walk away.

Reviewed over 1 year ago