Grey River

Grey River

Greymouth - Overnight Campervan Parking


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On the north side of the river just off SH6, just down from the main bridge off Nelson Quay on the left hand side of the road.

Quite an exposed camping ground and visable from the main road. Nice, open grassy area for self-contained vehicles only. Plenty of space for the big rigs!

Vehicles must display a self-containment "warrant" in the inside left front window. Failure to do so may incur $200.00 fine.


Feature Value Info


South IslandWest CoastGreymouth


  • Freedom Camping
  • Dump Station
  • Free


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Kirsty B's avatar

Kirsty B

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

No complaints from me. Stayed one night, and apart from the proximity to the main road, it was totally fine. No toilets, but a dump station and close to Countdown.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Ranking: 9/10

We first went to the free camping spot right at the end of the road on the beach but it was super windy so we came here. Not a lot of flat spots because need to keep the road clear for boats launching. If there were more than 6 campers here id probably go to the big parking area by the beach. Water on site and handy dump station. Road noise wasn't a problem.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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James F

Ranking: 4/10

Very boring place and it didn’t stop raining. During the night we had locals come and shake our van on multiple occasions so very little sleep.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Taylor's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

Being able to view this one from the highway was concerning at first, but once we were at the site we felt very safe. It was quite windy being by the river/sea but it didn’t disturb our sleep. There was a dump station and bins on site which was handy!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Mike Fricker's avatar

Mike Fricker

Ranking: 10/10

17Oct18. Full marks because it is what it says it is. A gravel/grass site with a dump station and bins. No frills.
Road noise of course. It is right next to the bridge.

The good thing is that it is a short walk over the bridge to Countdown, Warehouse, I-site and shops.

A further walk to Monteiths Brewery. Food and beer! Great. Tours too if that is of interest. We decided to have food and their taster beers. 6 x 200ml beers for #25 and 3 for $15. We had 9 between us. Good food and good beer at good prices too.

Over the bridge is the Cobden Cave walk. A 5 minute walk to a reasonable cave. It was a bit wet and muddy so we didn’t venture in all the way.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Chloe Watson

Ranking: 7/10

Decent place to stop overnight. If you go further up the road to the headland there is also overnight parking for vampervans with a beautiful view and nice clean toilets. Got a bit windy for us so we went down to this spot.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Alice Addy

Ranking: 7/10

Not the prettiest location, but it's a free site close to town. Perfect if your stopping for the night.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Riley Selke

Ranking: 8/10

Nice area for free campers to stay, a little walk to the shops. Just a bit muddy over all pretty good.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Judy Aspinall

Ranking: 8/10

Quite muddy due to the rains but offered dumping station and water fill up. Across the street is Kells Hotel and pub with pool tables and darts. Enjoyed meeting and supporting the locals. A grass track is 2 1/2 km away for workouts. Supermarket, petrol all close by.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Rob & Colleen Elwood

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

We spent most of a day parked here after being blasted away from further up the coast by nor'west gales and torrential rain. Found this place to be out of the (Westerly) wind and with firm off-road parking even in the rain. It is a popular spot judging by the number of vehicles staying there and when the rain eventually cleared we were able to empty our waste water and fill up with fresh. The dump station is one of the easiest I've used with the grey water drain almost at ground level. There is a lot of traffic movement over the nearby bridge and major intersection which would probably die down at night; and the town centre, Warehouse and supermarket are about 10 minutes walk away. We would go back and stay there.
And we did .. in April of 2017. Found it to be a very useful stopover with excellent access to the start of the Wilderness Cycle Trail as well as the shops of the Greymouth CBD. The only downside for camping is the freezing cold wind that often blows down the river and right through this site. The locals call it the "Brunner Barber" because it cuts like a razor. Also in April (and all of winter I guess) it takes a very long time for the sun to reach this spot so the solar panels struggled to deliver their rated power.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2016

Neil's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Good access and availability, plenty of parking and flat space for even the biggest rigs. Dump station onsite, fresh water too. Only point missing is for the view, as a couple hundred meters down the road is a similar site right on the beach! :)

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Kurz Werner


Ranking: 7/10

a good location with a dump station near grey river, but only a few sites, pretty open and noisy (traffic)

Reviewed over 6 years ago

FlyingKiwiGirl's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Freedom camping beside the river (not too pretty) A bit of road noise overnignt. Self-contained vehicles ONLY- do not be tempted, you must have a CSC sticker- the council do a check every morning around 5am. Saw two sleeper vans get a lovely wake up call & $200 fine.

Reviewed over 6 years ago