Te Paerahi Beach (Porangahau...

Te Paerahi Beach (Porangahau) Freedom Camping


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2 Waipukurau


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Beachside free camping at Te Paerahi Beach

Free camping for both motorhomes and other free campers is allowed at Te Paerahi Beach (Porangahau) on the corner of Te Paerahi Street and Puketauhinu Place.
The maximum stay is 7 nights, and you need to notify the Central Hawkes Bay District Council of your intended stay.
Be a good camper - love it and leave it undisturbed. Leave your site clean and tidy, and enjoy!


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Central Hawkes Bay District Council

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North IslandHawkes BayWaipukurau


  • Basic Camping
  • Free


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Tommy Robershaw 's avatar

Tommy Robershaw

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Ranking: 5/10

This was our first visit here and everything was great,until a group of undesirables,decided to make it there own,with kids on motorbikes from early morning till after dark,up and down the walkway,with no regard for anything or anyone,really spoilt a beautiful place.we will give it another try, but if the same gang are here,won’t even bother stopping.

Reviewed 6 months ago

Toby's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great place to stay. Was fairly busy though on Labour Weekend. Apparently it's meant to be quiet normally! Definately some better spots in there too so get in early!

All the locals were very friendly and happy to provide advice on surf casting and possible swim spots.

Toilets clean and well serviced.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Jaime and Jon

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely spot, good cell phone coverage and immaculately clean flushing toilets, plus drinking water. 2 minutes walk to a beautiful, quiet beach with rich wildlife. Good shelter, hardly anyone around - we visited in May and didn’t speak to a soul for 2 days! Worth bringing stuff to eat as the shop isn’t walking distance.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Joy Fuller

Ranking: 8/10

We had 2 nights here and found the camp clean & tidy, the new toilet block is excellent. An outside tap is available, and a short stroll through beach grasses to the beautiful big beach.
The grass park is a little undulating in places and room for larger vehicles. Well done Porangahau.
Golf club here at the beach also.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Beth's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Awesome spot and we caught it on a perfect bluebird day with no wind! We had a chat with a local who told us Porangahau is Maori for Mad Winds! There are toilets and a water fountain available. No other facilities. There was a bit of rubbish around the campsite so we spent 10mins do a quick pick up, please respect the freedom camping areas in NZ and take out what you take in so we can continue to enjoy these places. There is a great coffee spot in Porangahau township called Flotsam and Jestsam Coffee next to the dairy. He also makes pizzas which we didnt get to try on this trip but they look legit! Cant wait to go back.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Olly's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Been here twice in the past year, such an awesome place! Gorgeous beach 100metres from the campsite, drinking water and now new, spacious, clean toilets!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Jlcole's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Very good camp site good flushing toilet

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Bean's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Lots of space, super sunny spot. The beach is just a short walk away, there is a dairy in Porongahau (too long to walk to) with the basic essentials. Separate male/female toilets (which are going to be rebuilt this year) there is a drinking water tap. We enjoyed staying here. Cheers

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Chrystal's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Lots of camping space, for tents and motor homes. We got a beautiful spot under huge trees, with a view to the beach. Been here 2 nights... staying again tonight. Drinking water tap available!!! Clean toilets. Shop is a 10 minute drive to the village, but if you drive around to the other side (heading in the directing which you entered) there a food van.
Loved freedom camping here. Peaceful, amazing ocean and friendly people.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Jo's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

I’d give this an 11/10 if I could. Wonderful spot. And a bonus to have two flushing toilets with toilet paper and running water as well as drinking water on tap. We are very fortunate to have places like this to stay in NZ.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Ray Tombs

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

A lovely little freedom camp, two clean flush toilets and easy access to a lovely white sand beach.
We are so luck to have these places in NZ.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Maike Moellemann


Ranking: 9/10

Great freedom camping site. Information to the Council is not necessary anymore.
Long sandy beach, relaxed atmosphere.
No fires please!!
Thank you for this great site!

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Shiana Rongo

Ranking: 8/10

Such a beautiful spot we went our on new year's day with the family and pitched our tent and gazebo, we loved the beach and the company of the other campers. We stayed 3 days but decided to pack up as the winds became so strong it demolished tents and gazebos, other than that such an awesome spot and beautiful beach.

Reviewed over 3 years ago