Clive Ski Reserve

Clive Ski Reserve

Freedom Camping

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99 Freedom Camping

3 Hastings



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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Cor Dekker

Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed 20 days ago

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Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed about 1 month 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 2 years ago

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Jonathan Briggs

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Noisy bridge traffic, fragrant eucalypt trees overhead.

Reviewed almost 4 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 4 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 almost 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 about 5 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 over 5 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 6 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 8 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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sharon armstrong

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

We got a little lost trying to find the entrance, as we drove straight past it. We had an awesome view of the river. Nicely set out free parking area.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in July 2010