Clifton Road Reserve

Clifton Road Reserve

Freedom Camping


77 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!


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Hastings District Council

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North IslandHawkes BayTe Awanga


  • Freedom Camping
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Curtis's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Loved this place, we came back for a second night in a row even though we were planning on driving to the next spot. Plenty of space during this time of year. Nice toilets and drinking water. Situate yourself on the rocks near the ocean and your set!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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 7 months 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 about 1 year ago

Smitty's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Court's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great spot by the sea, lots of space and nice clean toilets with drinking water, recycling and landfill!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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 over 1 year 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 over 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 over 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 over 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 almost 2 years 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 almost 2 years ago

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 almost 2 years 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 about 2 years ago