Port Motueka Beach Reserve

Port Motueka Beach Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking


63 Rankers Reviews

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What a score! This site is right next to the Salt Baths in Motueka, these baths are refilled every high tide and are a great place for a dip. The reserve is very popular and is always full and no wonder really..... it's got showers, toilets, a play ground, picnic tables, designated fire places, large grassy areas and you can easily walk into town via the beachside walkway. What more can I say really? Oh it is also next to a fish factory, so it can be a little smelly at times - not a major.


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South IslandNelson RegionMotueka


  • Basic Camping
  • Free


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Leon's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great Spot, 2 nights allowed.
Everything what you need.
Clean facilities, shower and sink for dishwash.
Good fishing spot 5 min walk.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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La Vie

Ranking: 1/10

Absolute NO
Pulled in midday, full of very dodgy characters, sorry but REALLY
We now have a clear understanding why this region is becoming anti Freedom Campers. If only we all took a bit of pride in ourselves and our surroundings.
Definitely not a safe feeling but only because of the people in the area.
The location itself is spot on, could have been a pleasure to stay in, being close to a cafe and the marina.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Kathryn's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great freedom camping spot! Meters away from the footpath along the waterfront. Clean toilet block with a cold shower available. Bbqs and picnic tables scattered close by. Stayed two nights and arrived between 3-4pm and there was still spaces available. Mix of backpackers and grey nomads. Had a ranger check everyone was compliant with self contained vehicles in the evenings. Had a very pleasant stay.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Britt's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Great spot, has everything you need. Toilets and a cold outdoor shower. Very busy and was full by 6pm. It's a 40 min walk to town but only a 20 minute walk to road hall a craft beer bar open late on friday/sat.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Rebecca's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Lovely place to stay with lots of parking spots. Close to the water with an outdoor shower and public toilets. Had a really good experience, unlike other reviews.

Reviewed 11 months ago

Felix's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice free spot! Quiet and facilities available (toilets, bbq, picnic tables and sink)

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Katie's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

As soon as we pulled in 5:20ish PM on a Tuesday night in July I had a gut feeling I wasn’t going to like this place, but with little other options we immediately decided we’d only be spending one night (rather than three we were hopeful for). The place feels run down and you get that feeling you just can’t trust your surroundings. After going for a 30min out and back stroll along the path (we returned to our motorhome by 6:45) the feeling still hadn’t gone away - something is off around here. Nevertheless, after the walk we locked ourselves in our camper and didn’t find any further cause for concern. I have awoken up at approx 2am to a woman screaming the f word, and what sounds to be a little jacked up car speeding off. The woman continues - nothing I can quite discern from - and the car returns and parks playing thumping music. Less than 10 mins go by and the car takes off again, but there are murmurs still ongoing. It’s 2:10 am now and will update if anything significant happens. Even when other reviews are great, always trust your gut.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Lærke's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great location: close to the city bit still no noise, close to the beach. Toilets available. Clean. But you have to come early, especially when the weather is good since it’s right at the beach and only 20 spots or so.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Ian & Wendy

Ranking: 2/10

We stayed one night it’s a lovely spot by the beach and a nice walk along the shore, but...... it fills up with kids in estate cars that are not clearly SC, they sleep in the back of them plus hang all their laundry in the trees, they seem to go in the morning and then back in the evening. Made us feel a bit uneasy staying there, it’s a shame that no one comes to check this park.

Reviewed over 1 year ago



Ranking: 9/10

Single outdoor shower near the public washrooms. Washrooms are in good condition. The beach/salt pools are fun to have nearby. Public sinks make dish washing easy and picnic tables dispersed. Fills up very quickly, so try to get there by 4pm to secure a spot as there aren't many. Great little place to camp.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Lua's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

A wonderful free place to stay!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Ritravel's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Shortly after we arrived at 4 o’clock all spaces were taken. The spaces are marked so that every car has its own place, no messy parking. Beach nearby, toilets are clean and a cold shower is available. We did not hear a noice during the night, and in the morning and evening a perfect sundown and -rise. We only can recommend it, but come early.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Geoff Walker

Ranking: 9/10

Cool spot, great walk along the waterfront

Reviewed almost 2 years ago