Monkey Island, Orepuki

Overnight Campervan Parking

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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.

http://www.southlanddc.govt.nz/my-southland/freedom-camping/

The campsite

The campsite

The walk out to the island

The walk out to the island

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43 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 4.

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Harriet Smith

Ranking: 10/10

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!

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Rosanna Leeming

Ranking: 10/10

Perfect freedom camping spot, right near the beach. Couldn't flaw it.

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Matilda

Austria

Ranking: 7/10

There is an old Maori lookout for whales. You feel like the captain of a ship watching the ocean.

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Bob

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful beach setting and totally free. Can get a bit crowded.

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Roeland Driessen

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

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.

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Erich Brueggermann

Ranking: 6/10

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!

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Xanthe Bowater

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful spot, met some great locals and enjoyed this wild piece of coastline. Toilets were immaculate and access is very easy.

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Lenka Pruherova

Ranking: 9/10

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.

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Josie Gray

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

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.

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Rita Ashby

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

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.

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Kathy Hart

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

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.

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Russell Opland

South Africa

Ranking: 8/10

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.

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Shelley Rohloff

Ranking: 8/10

Great place but very difficult to get a spot. Very crowded.

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