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.
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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.
Different beach camping. A bit hippie but nice. Taps, but not drinkable water. Very charming!
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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.
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.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Perfect freedom camping spot, right near the beach. Couldn't flaw it.
We at Rankers NZ, love to meet travellers on the road and share in some of the freedom. That's why Rankers NZ invites you to come and stay for free at our chill riverside overnight parking area in the Motueka Valley at the top of the South Island.
There is an old Maori lookout for whales. You feel like the captain of a ship watching the ocean.
Beautiful beach setting and totally free. Can get a bit crowded.
Nice place with great views on the beach and fiordland mountains in the distance. Free, with toilets and Rubbish bins. It was very windy and we could park the camper in such a way that we were out of the wind.