Fox River Freedom Camping Area

Fox River Freedom Camping Area



9 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

133 Freedom Camping

11 Punakaiki


Get the best out of it. Here's how…



Welcome to Fox River/Potikohua

Our community consider ourselves fortunate to be kaitiaki / guardians of this pristine forest, river and ocean
environment. We want you to enjoy our place as much as we do, so rather than leave no trace, please leave it
better for the locals and visitors that will follow in your footsteps.

Throughout the beautiful Buller / Kawatiri District freedom camping areas like this one are provided to assist in
the preservation of our stunning coast and inland forest areas. Please use these sites and their facilities to
protect the environment for those who live here, our visitors, and future generations to come.

You can do your part to help keep this place beautiful by:
 Keeping your stay to a maximum of 2 nights
 Using the toilets provided
 Not washing directly in the river. If you need water for washing please collect it from the river, and
dispose of in your vehicle waste system
 Only staying overnight in the designated area, as shown on the map
 Respecting those you share the site with. Please keep noise to a minimum, and your gear well
 Keeping access ways clear for other users
 Calling 111 in the event of a fire. Open fires are prohibited at this site.
 Rubbish bins for disposal are available in Punakaiki, Westport, Hector, Karamea and Reefton. If the
bins are full, please take your rubbish elsewhere as the local birdlife love to spread bags of rubbish
 Dump stations are available on The Esplanade in Westport, The Strand in Reefton and at the Cobden
Bridge in Greymouth.

For more information about freedom camping in the Buller District please head to Enjoy your stay and thank you for respecting our


Feature Value Info


South IslandWest CoastPunakaiki


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free



Get the best out of it. Here's how…

Andrew's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great spot by the river & beach.
Coffee cart with a great local who gave amazing advice.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 78 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

Get the Pass

Mark's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Freedom camping spot.
Next to the Sunday Market.
Excellent toilets, not too busy.

Reviewed 11 months ago

Renee's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice spot by the fox river. New toilets. Flat site. Gets full quickly though.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Top Ranked NZ Deals Pass

Access savings worth hundreds of $$ on Top Ranked NZ Accommodation and Activities for just $1 per day.

Get deals pass

Kate's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Good for the nights stop, simple gravel car park, has had a new toilet area put in.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Ceri's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

Very very crowded Freedom camp so get there really early as many people had to give up trying to find a spot. It’s a car park and we camped along the fence. 2 clean long drop toilets and convenient for black water rafting from Charleston (which was amazing). The Sunday market next to the campsite was fun, full of local artisans.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Avoid Camping Fines!

Each camping location is approved by a regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Tom Guthknecht's avatar

Tom Guthknecht


Ranking: 6/10

Basic, no facilities but good starting point to get to inland track.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

Julian Kemp's avatar

Julian Kemp

United Kingdom

Ranking: 5/10

Basic gravel "car park" - No facilities.
Short walk to a lovely, deserted beach
The biggest problem was the large number of sandflies - our first encounter....
The old Fox River Bridge has been restored and pedestrian access is possible. I believe the old road tunnel is at the far end, but the sandflies prevented me from venturing that far!

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

Camping NZ App Icon

Camping NZ App

Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

Download from the App Store Download Android app on Google Play

Mycall's avatar



Ranking: 7/10

No facilities but fine for a stopover and very handy for the excellent Fox River walk. Bring a torch for the cave at the end, well worth it!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

Oliver Kalmbach's avatar

Oliver Kalmbach


Ranking: 8/10

Very beautiful, we stayed there alone.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago