Monkey Island, Orepuki

Monkey Island, Orepuki

Overnight Campervan Parking and Walk

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59 Rankers Reviews

14 Face-to-Face

411 Walking

139 Freedom Camping

8 Tuatapere

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Information

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/

Timing

You can only cross to Monkey Island at low tide.

Access

Monkey Island is signposted between Colac Bay and Orepuki. Continue 1 km to the roadend where there are toilets and picnic benches by a small beach.

Track

You can only cross to Monkey Island at low tide.

A short stepped climb leads to a viewing platform.

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Feature Value Info

Location

South IslandSouthlandTuatapere

Categories

  • Walking
  • Freedom Camping
  • Free

Reviews

Showing 13 reviews of 59.

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Cris

Ranking: 9/10

Loved it! Good for kids. When the tide is low, you can walk to Monkey Island and the view is stunning. It has sandflies but for me it wasn’t a issue however, keep you insects repellent near! It was difficult to sleep with the noise of the waves, people singing on the beach, and a strange noise coming from a farm ( it looked like a machine??? Cows???). The toilets was clean, but early in the morning it was smelly. Soon came a friendly lady to clean.
PS: respect our environment! Use the toilets!

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Maxime

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful free campsite right next to the beach. Be aware of strong winds, though. We ended up not staying the night because our tent got almost blown away (even though we had found a protected spot behind the flax). Went to another site 15 minutes inland, where the wind was no problem at all. Wouldn't recommend it for tenting except on a real quiet day.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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kevin

Ranking: 7/10

ok if its not blowing, it can almost blow your vehicle over, only annoying thing is people not slowing down when driving on shingle road

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Maycamper

Ranking: 7/10

Stayed here one night in a tent. It's a basic free campsite. There's a picnic table and shelter -- we greatly appreciated the shelter for cooking as it was blowing a gale and raining on and off. There is a tap, however the (rain?) water was the colour of tea so we didn't use it!
It's a picturesque spot and as we arrived at low tide we enjoyed exploring Monkey Island. Obviously we were not the only ones enjoying it as the campsite was pretty full up by nightfall.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Sophie Skinner

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely spot by the bay. Can stroll to Monkey Island and beach is beautiful. Site stretches alongside the bay so if you’re further away toilets are a little walk but no bother.

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Claudia

Ranking: 8/10

Good spot! 2 long drop toilets, both clean. Nice beach for a short morning stroll with that first cuppa.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 almost 2 years 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 almost 2 years 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 almost 2 years 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 almost 2 years 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 almost 2 years ago

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