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