Clive Ski Reserve

Clive Ski Reserve

Freedom Camping



14 Rankers Reviews

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41 Freedom Camping

2 Hastings


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Clive Ski Reserve - Freedom Camping
Riverside dining.


Clive Ski Reserve on the Clive River is a designated free-camping area for certified self-contained motorhomes and campervans.
You'll need to have your certification on display, and are allowed to stay up to two nights at the Reserve.
Basic free-camping etiquette applies, pack it in, pack it out and use designated dumpstations for your waste and greywater.
Cheers to the Hastings District Council and local community for the free-camping goodness!


Feature Value Info


North IslandHawkes BayHastings


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


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Jan Edgar's avatar

Jan Edgar

Ranking: 10/10

A beautiful place to camp. Walking/cycle pathways, through protected estuary where many water birds abound, is one of my favourite walks. Very friendly locals.

Reviewed 3 months ago

Tedy's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Very nice spot next to the river. Clean toillet.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Dave Kitson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful peaceful site right beside the river. Room for over 20 vans. Small shops in village 5 mins walk away.
Signs warn that it can flood at high tide after heavy rains. It had been raining on and off all day so we had some concern. In the event the river rose to about 10cm of the bank and looked reasonably placid. Nevertheless, some care needed.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Cor Dekker

Ranking: 9/10

Nice spot. Can be a bit noisy due to traffic on the bridge. Near shops. Very clean toilet!

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful and quiet location by the river, pic nic tables, only one toilet, but clean!

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Kristina Russo

Ranking: 8/10

Nice spot by the river only for self-contained campervans; only one unisex toilet available. Swings to entertain young ones. Lots of dog walkers, didn't bother us at all.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Jonathan Briggs

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Noisy bridge traffic, fragrant eucalypt trees overhead.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Rogier K

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice spot! River gives a very nice scenery. Toilets are cleaned every morning.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Bruce Nielsen

Ranking: 1/10

Do NOT try to stay there if you're not in a certified vehicle. The council inspects every night and threaten you with a $700 fine if you don't leave immediately. They are totally humorless and inflexible - my van is self-contained but has no certification sticker. They're even worse than the Tauranga camping Nazis.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Daniel Jarrett

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Nicely located freedom camping spot being next to the Clive River. Water is apparently not suitable for use but good spot none the less. Flush toilet at entrance.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in September 2014

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Melissa Hermansson

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Awesome location for motorhome park. Short walk for cafe/restaurant. Toilets. 10 minutes from either Napier or Hastings. Free.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Mike and Caroline

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Nice camp site (car park) by the river, not pitch black (some light from the road/houses). Not noisy, only set back is the toilet is a little walk from where you have to park.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Anezka Hlavacova

Czech Republic

Ranking: 8/10

Wonderful spot, unpaid but there is also boat ramp, so lot of noise.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011