Monkey Island, Orepuki

Monkey Island, Orepuki

Overnight Campervan Parking and Walk


69 Rankers Reviews

14 Face-to-Face

2 Tuatapere

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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.


You can only cross to Monkey Island at low tide.


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.


You can only cross to Monkey Island at low tide.

A short stepped climb leads to a viewing platform.


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Showing 13 reviews of 69.

Jrod's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Awesome spot. Beautiful view of the sea. Heaps of space. 4 toilets in total. Was fairly busy when we arrived at 6:45pm still plenty of space however. Will definitely come back.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Joseph Buckett

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful spot!! Nice toilets and the most amazing views.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Such a great spot for beginner surfers! Only downside is it’s popular so can be busy. We stayed twice, two weeks a part in January. First time was quieter and magical, second time much busier and we had a neighbour light a fire 3m from us and smoked us out of our camper (fires not permitted FYI).
- Toilets super clean long drops, cleaned daily in summer.
- No fresh water, bring what you need.
- Rubbish & recycling on site, although clearly most ppl suck at recycling or reading as the recycling bin was full of crap.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Karen Strange

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely spot. Hope to get to the island tomorrow.
Dogs are allowed. On leash.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Don Strange

Ranking: 9/10

One of the best free campsites I've visited in the country. The camp site is nestled behind some low dunes, which help to protect tents from the wind. Toilets are well maintained and even have lights, which is a nice touch. The beach is lovely for a walk, and the island is neat to explore on low tide. If we had more time we would have stayed longer. Because of how popular it is it can be hard to find a spot during peak camping time.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Kuimiria Auton

Ranking: 9/10

A great place to stay. Clean toilets too. If you are into kai moana there is plenty (mussels, paua) and have a go at fishing, you may catch something. The weather was great so there was quite a few parked up. Well done Southland.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Lauren's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Basic campground with two drop toilets but good for a night or two to save on camping fees. There are a few grassy nooks which suit two small vans or a big van and some tents otherwise the majority of parking is in a gravel lot. This place is packed most of the time so best to get there earlier in the afternoon.

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in January 2020

Alice's avatar


Ranking: 4/10

Very nice beach but very full car park type campsite. When we stayed some local youths (non-campers) arrived very late and parked very close to us in their cars. They had a big bonfire, lots of very loud music played out of car speakers and lots of drinking. They then lit bangers and fireworks near to our vehicle and we had to move because of this. If you want to sleep then avoid here! We were parked in one of the grassy spaces as you come in so probably better to be next to lots of other cars in the main section for safety.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Leona's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Very nice spot with lovely beach. Drop toilets were the cleanest I’ve ever seen, thanks to a friendly lady who came to maintain them. Crowded. I was annoyed to see someone had left a wad of toilet paper on the ground and had clearly peed there. For God’s sake, use the toilet! It’s not rocket science! Not too windy and no sand flies.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Bob's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

What a spectacle! We reversed to the dune to have a great view of the beach from our dining area. The weather was rainy and windy with intermittent sunshine for a very scenic evening. Visiting the island at low tide was also fun.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Cris's avatar


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 over 3 years ago

Maxime's avatar


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 over 3 years ago

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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 over 3 years ago

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