Port Motueka Beach Reserve

Port Motueka Beach Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking



52 Rankers Reviews

9 Face-to-Face

208 Basic Camping

20 Motueka



Go Mot!!
The line up
BBQ areas
The Salt Baths


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.


Feature Value Info


South IslandNelson RegionMotueka


  • Basic Camping
  • Free



Showing 13 reviews of 52.

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 about 11 hours ago

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Geoff Walker

Ranking: 9/10

Cool spot, great walk along the waterfront

Reviewed 14 days ago

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Benjamin Wegenstein


Ranking: 7/10

A lot of camping, but certainly no freedom! Was full at 4pm, and it‘s not even high season (October!). Clean and good toilets though. If you like FREEDOM camping, don‘t come here, if you just want to spend a night and meet other people, then come here at around 2 pm. :)

Reviewed 24 days ago

Piluki's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

We arrived at 20.30, it was full and we are in spring. Good place with great. views, should arrive early

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Ambs's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Really nice place to stay. Right near the salt water baths which are a great spot for sunrise/sunset. Clean toilets, sinks for washing dishes, tap, bins and a bbq area. Short drive from Motueka township. Gets very busy, I would get here before sunset as it was full just afterwards. Highly recommend!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Becca's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Really good free camping spot. Lots of parking bays which were nearly full so we were lucky to get a spot. On the water which was really lovely. Toilets very basic (and had no light), also had sink and cold shower. Great base to explore able tasman from, and short walk to the skydiving centre if that's what you're there for!

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Andy and Julia

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

For a free camping spot, you can’t ask for more. Large parking bays, decent flush toilets (no light in the night), cold shower, water supply, and 2 separate sinks for dish washing (cleaning liquid somehow provided!). Great place to stay before and after journies to Abel Tasman. Just get there before 4 as spaces are limited. The sunrise over the ocean in the morning is incredible.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Lena's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Such a nice place! Right next to the water! Toilets are fine and there is a shower! (It‘s cold water, but that‘s ok)
Would go there again!

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Ymke Huisman

Ranking: 10/10

Great facilities (toilets, changing rooms, water, cold shower, picknictables, salt water pool) and free. Only downside is that you have to be a little bit early or lucky since there is limited space, i guess around 12 vana vans but we came twice around 6 and had a spot. Perfect before or after walk through abel tasman park.

Reviewed 11 months ago

Lance's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

We stopped here on our way to Abel Tasman national park. It was very busy early and could see that it might be noisy but it wasn’t when we were there and the toilets were a bit smelly but still a handy stop off

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Harriet Kelly

United Kingdom

Ranking: 1/10

No camping signs everywhere! May not be a site anymore

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Mike Fricker

Ranking: 10/10

07Oct18. The description says it all. It fills up so get there early, especially if you have a long van. The longer pitches have a slight side to side slope.
The opposite pitches have a noticeable front to back/back to front slope depending on which way you face. The slope was enough to stop our sink draining as it created an airlock. Don’t go poking things down the plug hole to try and unblock it!
Flush loos. Gents urinals a bit pongy though.
Get a map from the I-site and do the walks.
Take a walk over to the marina if the weather is ok. There is a great little cafe there, although it doesn’t have any indoor seating. It was sunny and mild when we were there. We saw a boat being launched. Check out the his n hers seats at the end of the pontoon. Unfenced gangplank access!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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S Weslake

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Popular spot. We arrived late afternoon and managed to squeeze in. Very busy, noisy at times but it did for a night of free camping. Toilets available (not terrible, but no lighting). Lovely walk along the shore.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2018