Clifton Road Reserve

Clifton Road Reserve

Freedom Camping



56 Rankers Reviews

6 Face-to-Face

66 Freedom Camping

1 Te Awanga




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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Andy Bond's avatar

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 about 1 month 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 2 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 3 months ago

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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 8 months ago

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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 8 months ago

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 8 months 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 9 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 11 months ago

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Aaron Brose

Ranking: 8/10

Big space and walking distance to wineries. Very nice facilities. The further down you go the more empty it is.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Andrea Harvey

Ranking: 5/10

An awesome spot but SO busy.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Joe Trigg

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful self-contained campervan spaces right on the beach about 10m from the water. Quite busy but plenty of room. Please be considerate of others when you park and think about who’s views you are blocking (eg some people parked parallel to the water)! Toilets were best we’ve seen at a freedom camping spot so far and there was a well stocked supermarket within walking distance. The rangers did come round to check vehicles, so make sure you are self-contained if you’re planning on staying here. Lovely spot and a great sunrise.

Reviewed about 1 year ago