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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
Good spot! 2 long drop toilets, both clean. Nice beach for a short morning stroll with that first cuppa.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Toilets & rubbish. Lots of space behind the dunes, some with view over the sea. However very windy!! Weather changing every 5 minutes! Go to walk out to the very tiny Monkey Island at low-tide - beautiful views, but watch the tide, it changes very quickly!
Beautiful spot, met some great locals and enjoyed this wild piece of coastline. Toilets were immaculate and access is very easy.
Quite a few places to hide from the wind, could get busy. Nice walk along the beach and to the Monkey Island at low tide. Had a great night there.
Despite the rain and wind we thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. Really appreciated having clean toilets too. Plenty of places to park your motor home also.
Well this place certainly lived up to it's reviews. We arrived while the bottom part of the country was wild, wet & windy, so that made for a wild night and morning. But we did manage to get onto the beach and was blessed with amazing views of cloud water spouts.
Not something you see everyday, so was very memorable. The toilet was great just need solar lighting to make it excellent. Real easy to find as it is well sign posted by the council.
Free spot, quite exposed. Not too busy when we visited in May. Clean toilet and rubbish bins provided. Difficult to find a level spot though, but it is free. Bit boggy near dunes in rain.
Walk over to and climb to Monkey Island at low tide. Views to Rakiura Island (Stewart) on clear day.
We loved our stay here, however, it was crowded. People with tents partly blocked us in. The grass was very wet, with underlying mud. Be very careful where you park: we were stuck briefly, spinning on the wet grass and mud, when trying to leave in the morning.
Great place but very difficult to get a spot. Very crowded.
Great place to stay just next to the beach. Two toilets close by. Short walk to Monkey Island. We would come again.
What a lovely campsite. Water (sign says needs boiling) and two toilets, lots of flat semi-protected spaces and tents are allowed (up to 28 days!!) Only drawback was the wind, but superb views and access to a beautiful beach :)
This is a justifiably popular freedom camping area. We had a nice spot looking into the beach with the snow capped mountains in the distance. There were two clean long drop toilets and a tap fed by spring water. It was pretty busy when we were there but when we were on the beach it felt like we had the place to ourselves.
Super AWESOME place to stay! Lots of room for camping (tent or campervan) not super sheltered from the wind but it's a little protected. There's a tap for water (but it doesn't look nice to drink in our opinion) so make sure to have some on hand. There is also a well maintained long drop toilet. LOTS of large rocks to make a fire pit with, a plethora of wood to use in your fire and BEAUTIFUL sunsets over Monkey Island!!! GO HERE!!! Stay a while, ENJOY!!!!!
Great place but the little cars still ignore the clear signs and camp where it says NOT to. Another place that will be lost.
Dianne van der Wal
Beautiful spot near to the beach, but a bit windy in April.
very good place in the very near of the sea and good located to SH 99
Fantastic spot by the sea and great beach. One of the best spots I've been to.
Nice place and view, great beach.
28 days for free if you want, close to the beach, fresh water stream, gold panning as well!
Beautiful spot right at the beach; free campground for self contained and non self contained; on the way to Invercargill.
Wonderful place but as for the 6 to 10 places, well I counted 21 so was just packed and maybe 15 turned up and left as so busy.
Cam Alex Bindatessier
Absolutely not just for self-contained. There is a toilet and a grassy area. Nothing saying only self-contained on the spot or on the council web-site. Stayed there with a tent with no problems. Nice spot but windy.
The place is gorgeous and free. There is plenty of parking space and a clean, new looking toilet. At low tide you can walk to the little monkey Island. There is some shelter from the wind.
If you are freedom camping then mark this spot on the map. We only stayed the one night and had the place to ourselves. It was great to be able to step out of the campervan, walk acrossed a small grassed area and then onto the beach. The kids enjoyed exploring the island and climbed to the lookout which was previously used by the locals tribes to spot whales. There were 2 clean toilets located close by and what appeared to be a spring water supply.
Good spot on the beach, mussels on rocks - delicious for dinner, facilities basic - just a toilet but free so expected.
Monkey Magic. Outstanding place to visit ,especially at sunset. Get in early for good position¡ well worth it!
+Great location, right on beach front
+Choose a spot tucked in between tall grasses or overlooking the sea
+Toilet cleaned daily, although it was a long drop
+Not that many bugs
+Fairly easy to find, down a short gravel road
:) Would stay there again
Please only self contained motorhomes! Nice place behind the dunes.
Beautiful sunset, quite windy when we were there but other than that is was secluded and quite. Lovely beach
I & K Urquhart
Great beach with beautiful sunset. 2 basic toilets. The sand dunes weren't adequate protection from the wind at night but the setting was lovely.
Free site by the beach, toilets on site, gorgeous views, secluded spot.
Dream location right on the beach.
Just one toilet but nice view and no body cares what you do.
Really nice view!
Plenty of mussels, so good!
Nice place with awesome landscape. Not in the DOC campsite book.
Simple freedom camping.
A wild location due to the prevailing winds, although some shelter can be gained by parking in the spaces between the tall flax bushes. There are toilets, fresh water, great flat sandy beach and plenty of mussels on the rocks at low tide.
Free campsite, close to beach, nice setting.
'Wild' camping ground even though it is actually signed. Behind dunes with great views of Monkey Island and open sea - FREE but also only two simple toilets.