Cape Palliser

Cape Palliser

Ngawi Camping Area



40 Rankers Reviews

12 Face-to-Face

53 Basic Camping

2 Ngawi




Camp near the quirky settlement of Ngawi, within signposted areas for a maximum of 21 days.


Feature Value Info


North IslandWairarapaNgawi


  • Basic Camping
  • Free



  • Unpowered Campsite

    On the coastal side of Cape Palliser Road, opposite Ngawi settlement.


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Andy and Julia

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

We arrived at the wrong time of year for the weather, but we liked this place anyhow just for the amount of seals in the near. For a real wild seal experience, this cannot be beaten. Take a drive up to the lighthouse and see them all relaxing on the grass and coastline. A lot of space on a grassy and gravel area. Drop toilets were the cleanest we’ve experience and many bins for waste and separate recycling.

Reviewed 5 months ago

Kevin's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic spot right by the ocean. A few bitey bugs but they seemed to go away after dusk. There's was a couple of little food trucks there we had lunch at. Great to wake up to the sound of waves and catch the seals down by the rocks in the morning. No water supply but really well kept drop loos and bins.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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BER&GENE's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Superbe point avec possibilité de 10 à 15 camping car.
Vidange possible à 200m du point de camping libre et gratuit.

Reviewed 8 months ago

Maë's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great camp ! Toilet clean and friendly people.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Thomas Mende


Ranking: 9/10

Great free camping site
Visit the seals and enjoy the great sunset

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Brian Warburton

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great spot. Beautiful view of the ocean. Short drive to the seal colony. Quite crowded in low season but it’s because it’s a lovely spot to stop.

Reviewed 12 months ago

Becky's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

I loved this spot! Beautiful, with a view to the South Island and gorgeous sunsets. Very quiet although the area was quite busy with freedom campers. Bring your own food, the shop was closed when we stayed - no local fish n chips for us unfortunately!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Phil's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Idyllic spot to stay overnight.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Sarah's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Definitely one of our favourite places we stayed! Lovely scenery, right on the water, watch the sunset over the south island mountains, breathtaking! Five minute drive to seal colony and there is a TON of them, delicious fish and chip food cart, lady gave us free food as we were the last customer of the night, drop toilet clean, very relaxing stay.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Boguslaw MAKIELLO's avatar


New Caledonia

Ranking: 9/10

Lot of people are sleeping here, so you will spend some time hearing your neighbors opening and closing their 100 doors (how many doors are there on a car?), but this is not the fault of the place.
Very friendly seabirds trying to steal your food, this is funny.
Clean toilets. No water.
A nice place, not far from the lighthouse and the seal colony.
Thanks for letting people sleeping here for free!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Simon Springett

Ranking: 10/10

Great spot, those farther south near permanent, rather than port-a-loos much better. We had a sea lion on the beach in front of the van. Nice for rock pooling with the kids.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Look Out

Ranking: 9/10


Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Ronald Daigneault

Ranking: 10/10

Drove from Martinborough later in the evening to watch the setting sun over the straight. Two areas to park and we chose the one on the West side. Only two other campers there and a short walk to the clean and well stocked portaloos. Great for sunsets. A fair walk from the lighthouse but doable. Stop to see the seals en route. Highly recommend this site!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago