Anatori River Camping Ground

Anatori River Camping Ground



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176 Basic Camping

28 Golden Bay


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Anatori Beach
The first camping spot



POSSIBLY CLOSED FROM OCTOBER 2019 - This is a long drive for a possibly closed site. We recommend you don't drive here to camp at this time.


This place is awesome! A great drive to get here, absolutely beautiful. Once you arrive you actually have two whole camping areas to choose from.

The first site is a bit smaller and right on the edge of the Anatori River Mouth, it is quite rough to get into - not advisable for large vehicles. This is a very popular fishing spot for locals, who are pretty solidly set up for the long haul. This site is exposed to westerly winds.

If you drive a little further along the main road you will pass a couple of small buildings and arrive at the next camping area. This place is huge, flat, easy access and has a safe swimming hole in the river. This site is more sheltered, however it is prone to flooding during heavy rain.


Feature Value Info


South IslandNelson RegionGolden Bay


  • Basic Camping
  • Free



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Oliver's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Access road swept away by the sea on 2 spots. Toilet still there, but no maintance possible.

There is a small straight spot (max. 3 vehicles) between the road and the original campsite. Best place. You will love it, like 100 of bumblebees and 2 millions of sandflies already do.

Approx 40 km gravel road to reach the spot, takes 1,5 to 2 hours one direction. Same parts are hard to drive with campers, especially bigger vehicles.

Only selfcontained vehicles !

Try early, so you have enough time to head back in case there is no space, or the road or weather conditions are forcing you to turn around.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Richard Walsh

Ranking: 8/10

Any update on possible closure of this campsite?

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Matt's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Basic camp site, long drop and river water. Well and truly at 'the end of the road'... just a shame the only couple of houses for miles are overlooking the campsite when you're so far away from the world haha.. The drive to get there is absolutely beautiful.. good walks to be had in the area and along the beach. Rugged remote West Coast at it's best!

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Jasmine Smith

Ranking: 9/10

To get here allow yourself 1-2 hours (depending on how many times you stop to gaze at the gorgeous scenery) from Pakawau. It is a long drive down a gravel track and through some farmland, but it is a beautiful one. The first campsite is nicer than the second. Both have standard long drops and the obligatory sandflies. It doesn't seem like many take the time to stay here so if you're lucky it may just be you, the sunset and the ocean.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Brandon's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Only reason for not 10/10 is sand flies. We only went to this site by accident by not looking that you can't get out the other side. But it was so worth the drive and stay. Beautiful sunset and just an amazing spot. Would recommend this place.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Chris Read

Ranking: 6/10

Nice but very long drive and eaten alive by sand flys.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Sander and Eliza Hembrarskamp


Ranking: 6/10

Dat drive tho! A 44km gravel drive thats just breathtaking. Through rainforest, past Whanganui inlet and along the coast accompanied by thousands of sheep! Really is paradise. However when you arrive, it is not so much. We weren't sure if we were at the right place and looked like there hadn't been anyone there for ages.. Toilets are gross and you're in an area that can possibly flood. Water supply is the river next to you but non fully self-contained can't really stay there for much longer than a day or two..
LOADS of sandflies, even in the winter.. Not nice.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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auré bis


Ranking: 10/10

40k on gravel road (amazing whanganui inlet + road along coast) but what a reward!
Don't be afraid as we were by the gate, it's open ;)
We stay on the first site, which can be very windy at some time. Long drop toilet, no tap water.
Whatever! The river is here to provide you fresh water!
See it melt with the high tide, really an awesome place. Walk along the montain at low tide, and feel the kiwi sense of freedom!
Light a fire at night under the wonderful sky canopy, and enjoy!
Stayed for 4 days, will def come back!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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N smith

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Love this place, its a mission to get there but well worth it.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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noeline riordan

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

1st camping site is fine 2nd camping ground is okay but you have to keep your eye on the river as it can flood the paddocks there

Reviewed over 7 years ago