Monkey Island, Orepuki

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Freedom campers are allowed to stay for up to 28 days per calendar year.

Monkey Island can be reached by foot at a low tide, and offers good views of the beach and distant mountains.
Be a good camper - keep your patch tidy, respect other users of the area, look after the resident flora and fauna (especially any monkeys) and enjoy!

Note - beware the hungry sandfly on on this coast; choose your weapon and keep it handy.

This is a council designated campsite.

http://www.southlanddc.govt.nz/my-southland/freedom-camping/

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53 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 5.

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Matt

Ranking: 8/10

Great Freedom Camping spot. Very nice location directly by the beach and the ocean. Two drop toilets.
Even in autumn quite a number of people and vehicles present, so get here early especially in the main tourist season. Stunning view of the ocean and the small monkey island. It's a really great place to stay and camp with the sound of the ocean.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Kat

Ranking: 9/10

Nice spot right beside the ocean, but protected from the wind. Clean long drop toilets (2x) and big rubbish bins. Just 700m gravel road to the side. Awesome sunset.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Millka Pietikainen

Ranking: 8/10

A beautiful spot, very popular and not that big so everyone is side by side. Gorgeous sunset. Toilets stank so your eyes hurt by evening after a sunny day.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Annina Jarvinen

Ranking: 9/10

Different beach camping. A bit hippie but nice. Taps, but not drinkable water. Very charming!

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Ronald Daigneault

Ranking: 8/10

Busy place but we found a spot for the night. Set up our table and chairs in a small raised bluff beside where our camper was parked so stunning views of sunset. Very clean and well attended toilet. Dolphins swam by in the Southern Ocean in the morning. Quite a nice spot.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Matt French

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Two drop toilets and a shelter for washing/cooking etc. Amazing beach views. Plenty of space but it seemed to be a popular spot. Facilities to throw rubbish. Definitely our favourite freedom camping at the half way point in our trip! Had a really nice vibe and a great sunset. Well signposted.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Sophie Nightingale

Ranking: 10/10

Really lovely spot right on the beach front with loads of space for camping and campervans. Bit of a gravel track off the road but worth it. Clean drop toilets too!

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Geoff Steele

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

There is quite a lot of space along behind the dunes adjacent to the beach, and also mown spots along the access road which are surrounded by flax plants for some privacy. We stayed in September for one night. The weather changed from sunshine one day to gusty winds which the dunes offered some protection from, but not completely. The motorhome being so tall still caught the wind gusts over the dunes, and in the morning sea foam was being blown about the camp. Two drop toilets centrally located are clean and provide paper, and there's the remains of a shelter shed that has a water tap with a sign that says it needs boiling for drinking. There is a ramp for vehicle beach access here, and it was very popular with 4x4's on the day we arrived.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Nathan Lal's avatar

Nathan Lal

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful spot next to the Beach and walking distance to monkey island. A few sandflies but it was winter so less of them around at this time. Be careful with the approaching tide getting across to monkey island as it comes in quickly. We got the timing wrong only slightly and we had to get our feet wet!! Spots can be a bit soggy after rain so choose wisely where to park up.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Nathalie Gobin

Ranking: 8/10

Great spot, wonderful beach. Toilets OK. It gets really very windy at night (was very quiet when we arrived around 8pm), we were glad to be in a car, not in a tent.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Harriet Smith

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely amazing spot. Beautiful views, lovely long beach for walking, swimming and surfing. Short wander over to Monkey Island at low tide. Extremely clean long drop toilets with plenty of toilet paper. Rubbish bins provided. Understandably a popular spot so can get quite busy - be sure to get here early!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Rosanna Leeming

Ranking: 10/10

Perfect freedom camping spot, right near the beach. Couldn't flaw it.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Matilda

Austria

Ranking: 7/10

There is an old Maori lookout for whales. You feel like the captain of a ship watching the ocean.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in April 2016

53 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 5.

Matt's avatar

Matt

Ranking: 8/10

Great Freedom Camping spot. Very nice location directly by the beach and the ocean. Two drop toilets.
Even in autumn quite a number of people and vehicles present, so get here early especially in the main tourist season. Stunning view of the ocean and the small monkey island. It's a really great place to stay and camp with the sound of the ocean.

Reviewed 3 months ago

Kat's avatar

Kat

Ranking: 9/10

Nice spot right beside the ocean, but protected from the wind. Clean long drop toilets (2x) and big rubbish bins. Just 700m gravel road to the side. Awesome sunset.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Millka Pietikainen's avatar

Millka Pietikainen

Ranking: 8/10

A beautiful spot, very popular and not that big so everyone is side by side. Gorgeous sunset. Toilets stank so your eyes hurt by evening after a sunny day.

Reviewed 8 months ago

Annina Jarvinen's avatar

Annina Jarvinen

Ranking: 9/10

Different beach camping. A bit hippie but nice. Taps, but not drinkable water. Very charming!

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Ronald Daigneault's avatar

Ronald Daigneault

Ranking: 8/10

Busy place but we found a spot for the night. Set up our table and chairs in a small raised bluff beside where our camper was parked so stunning views of sunset. Very clean and well attended toilet. Dolphins swam by in the Southern Ocean in the morning. Quite a nice spot.

Reviewed 8 months ago

Matt French's avatar

Matt French

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Two drop toilets and a shelter for washing/cooking etc. Amazing beach views. Plenty of space but it seemed to be a popular spot. Facilities to throw rubbish. Definitely our favourite freedom camping at the half way point in our trip! Had a really nice vibe and a great sunset. Well signposted.

Reviewed 9 months ago

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Sophie Nightingale's avatar

Sophie Nightingale

Ranking: 10/10

Really lovely spot right on the beach front with loads of space for camping and campervans. Bit of a gravel track off the road but worth it. Clean drop toilets too!

Reviewed 10 months ago

Geoff Steele's avatar

Geoff Steele

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

There is quite a lot of space along behind the dunes adjacent to the beach, and also mown spots along the access road which are surrounded by flax plants for some privacy. We stayed in September for one night. The weather changed from sunshine one day to gusty winds which the dunes offered some protection from, but not completely. The motorhome being so tall still caught the wind gusts over the dunes, and in the morning sea foam was being blown about the camp. Two drop toilets centrally located are clean and provide paper, and there's the remains of a shelter shed that has a water tap with a sign that says it needs boiling for drinking. There is a ramp for vehicle beach access here, and it was very popular with 4x4's on the day we arrived.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

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Nathan Lal's avatar

Nathan Lal

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful spot next to the Beach and walking distance to monkey island. A few sandflies but it was winter so less of them around at this time. Be careful with the approaching tide getting across to monkey island as it comes in quickly. We got the timing wrong only slightly and we had to get our feet wet!! Spots can be a bit soggy after rain so choose wisely where to park up.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Nathalie Gobin's avatar

Nathalie Gobin

Ranking: 8/10

Great spot, wonderful beach. Toilets OK. It gets really very windy at night (was very quiet when we arrived around 8pm), we were glad to be in a car, not in a tent.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Harriet Smith's avatar

Harriet Smith

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely amazing spot. Beautiful views, lovely long beach for walking, swimming and surfing. Short wander over to Monkey Island at low tide. Extremely clean long drop toilets with plenty of toilet paper. Rubbish bins provided. Understandably a popular spot so can get quite busy - be sure to get here early!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Rosanna Leeming's avatar

Rosanna Leeming

Ranking: 10/10

Perfect freedom camping spot, right near the beach. Couldn't flaw it.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Matilda's avatar

Matilda

Austria

Ranking: 7/10

There is an old Maori lookout for whales. You feel like the captain of a ship watching the ocean.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in April 2016