Monkey Island, Orepuki

Monkey Island, Orepuki

Overnight Campervan Parking and Walk

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57 Rankers Reviews

14 Face-to-Face

408 Walking

129 Freedom Camping

8 Tuatapere

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The campsite
The walk out to the island

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 57.

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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 13 days 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 about 1 month 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 3 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 4 months 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 8 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 11 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 over 1 year ago

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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 over 1 year ago

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