Fox River Freedom Camping Area

Fox River Freedom Camping Area


13 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

9 Punakaiki

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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


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Buller District Council

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  • Freedom Camping
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Alan W's avatar

Alan W

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome spot. Quiet and sheltered. Local guy Andy comes in about 9.30am each day with his coffee and food truck accompanied by Peanut his friendly dog. Nice walking track up to The Ballroom, 5 1/2 hours return with 8 river crossings each way. Clean toilets and not a lot of sandflies.

Reviewed 6 months ago

Nicole's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Nice little spot next to the river. Free wifi always a bonus. Gravel carpark which was pretty flooded with the heavy rain. Very short walk to very clean toilets but they were long drops :/ quiet spot. Except on Wednesdays when the little pub next door has open mic night. We had bonus fireworks set off in the rain as well.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Valg's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

A fairly sheltered gravel car park beside the river across the road from the beach. Excellent toilets and free wifi. Nice walks up the river or along the beach. A great nights stay.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Danika's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Free WiFi, clean bathrooms. Beautiful beach and sunset. Amazing community of folks that stopped through. Knowledgeable and friendly host with coffee cart.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Andrew's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Mark's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Renee's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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 3 years ago

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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 3 years ago

Tom Guthknecht's avatar

Tom Guthknecht


Ranking: 6/10

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

Reviewed over 8 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 over 8 years ago

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 9 years ago

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Oliver Kalmbach


Ranking: 8/10

Very beautiful, we stayed there alone.

Reviewed over 9 years ago