Weirs Beach Recreation Reserve

Weirs Beach Recreation Reserve

Haldane - freedom camping area

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19 Rankers Reviews

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142 Freedom Camping

17 Owaka



Lots of space.


Freedom camping at Weirs Beach in the Catlins, Southland

Freedom camping is allowed for up to 28 days at Weirs Beach Recreation Reserve in Haldane, Southland.
The Southland District Council ask that campers please use the toilet facilities provided, restrict noise between 8am and 8pm, dispose of rubbish in an appropriate manner and leave their campsite tidy.
Get amongst the remote southern reaches of NZ's Catlins coast. Good as gold!

This is a council designated campsite. Follow the signs to Slope Point (New Zealands most southern point), turn off onto Weir Road and drive to the estury. A great view.


Feature Value Info


South IslandSouthlandOwaka


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


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Hannah Barnes

New Zealand

Ranking: 6/10

Nice spot close to water, it’s large enough for a lot of campers, tents, caravans and Larger motor homes- it does fill up though. There is a long drop style toilet and a outdoor tap and bench, very wet and muddy around it. Watch out for sand flies in the evenings. The wee beach behind the site it calm and you can sit under the tree and watch the tide go right out. It would be a good swimming spot in the heat of summer!

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Ranking: 8/10

Large grassed area which everyone parked around the perimeter. If there were more people they would have had to park in the middle but lots of room. Self contained so didn’t use the toilet nor the sink. Nice and quiet. The tide went out and lots of beach to stroll around: even if the tide came in it didn’t look like it would get very deep.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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JT's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

a sink for the dishes und a toilet. all you need for one day. a few minutes away from the scenic Route.

Reviewed 9 months ago and experienced in January 2019

Clem's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

The campsite is free and quite big.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Ranking: 8/10

Standard free campsite -- Long drop toilet, (non-drinkable) tap and sink. The night we stayed was pretty windy but the camp site is a bit sheltered. The area was fairly full by night time, when we arrived lat afternoon it was maybe three quarters full. It's 2km up a dirt road but the rest is sealed (think the road is newly surfaced as most of our maps had it marked as dirt).

Reviewed 12 months ago

Mitchell's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Cool as spot in the Catlins and free non self contained!! Great location and worth checking out the area

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Rebecca Rodeghiero

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Super cool spot! Lots of people, but a sink to do dishes (I probably wouldn’t drink the water), a toilet, beautiful sunset, and the ocean is very near the campsite and there are tons of cute little crabs to watch run around!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Karo's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Quite small campsite, it got crowded but everyone still found a spot. Clean long drop toilet and a sink for the dishes.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Mischa's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

We weren’t sold on this spot—super crowded that we were confused if we were even in the right spot. Nice and quiet rest though!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Kat's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great spot for free. Heaps of space. Clean long drop. Water and sink for dish washing.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Tracey Tyson

Ranking: 8/10

Nice place good shade and lots of room. Not so good after lots of rain.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Josephine Ayvadian

Ranking: 5/10

Small one... don't have access to the beach, toilets are clean, it's very small and there were already 5 vans.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Tatiana Rochereau

Ranking: 7/10

Campsite is a little bit retired from the main road but nice. Big large grassy area with trees and inlet behind. Super cool for a walkway. Protect and respect nature!

Reviewed over 3 years ago