32 Rankers Reviews
251 Freedom Camping
56 Golden Bay
Turn off to get to this campsite just before the Waitapu bridge. Its great that it's free, one of the few in Golden Bay - it is a bit rough looking though. The site is fairly large and open. It is next to the river, and would be quite a nice place to have a wine.
Non self contained vehicles must park within 100m of the toilets and use them!
South Island ▷ Nelson Region ▷ Golden Bay
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Nice spot by a the beautiful Takaka River and not too far from Takaka township. There is lots of space but it gets crowded anyway. This is because there is no other camping sites nearby (other than holiday parks - which are not everyone’s idea of “camping”).
If you like meeting a bunch of other “travellers” then you’ll love it 😎
Andy and Julia
Just off the highway, drive down to a bit of rough land next to the bridge. Patchy grass and deep ruts, so it’s tough to find a level spot. Lots of room though, and a drop toilet, and at the moment Portaloos in better condition than the long drop, but all were clean. Right on the river, so was pretty chilled, other than the roadworks in the morning. Was a bit of a downer.
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you can have a Bath in the river. nice place for one night but a little bit noisy. mostly uneven surface.
Campsite was fine, but at some point in the night the river flooded and completely drenched our van parked a good 15-20ft from the bank. We were parked in the recommended area and in line with a number of other cars. Completely ruined our trip.
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Great for a free site. Busy though! We ended up under the highway bridge. Portable toilets were fine. Careful where you drive as some vehicles can get stuck in the uneven ground
One of the best places we stayed at during our month around the south island!! Awesome spot by the river and you can literally drive up and park right next to it. A bit scruffy however spoke to some locals and they told us there are plans to tidy it up with allocated funding
Great spot, nice nature, beautiful by the river and barely any noise from traffic on the bridge.
Also, please learn some camping etiquette people, dont park right next to other cars when there is plenty of space elsewhere.
Very large place, which gets very muddy after rain. It was very crowded and felt like a festival with many young people and also some rubbish. The one toilet is not enough and it should be for "emergency" use only (very smelly)
Not bad for a free site. The road was quite muddy and rutted when we camped. Bit hard on the van.
View of the river is lovely.
Lots of people showed up by mid evening.
Popular spot on the main road by the river, fine for 1 night. Ground quite muddy and uneven so only suitable for self contained vehicles (not grassy like the photos). There's a long drop toilet and a bin :)
Anna Brzezińska Talaga
View and atmosphere by river was awesome, be careful do not park right by the bank, the river comes up at night. Free and very quiet! Good place to stay for one night.
Great fish and chips and beer in Takaka :)
Be really careful. This place floods! We foolishly stayed here when rain was forecast. The river burst its banks and when the kind farmer woke us at 4am the van was up to the doors in water! We had no damage but we were lucky!
I reckon starting at Pupu springs would be a better option!
View and atmosphere by river was awesome, make sure you park right by the bank though as tide comes up at night. Toilet was standard longdrop.