Port Motueka Beach Reserve

Port Motueka Beach Reserve

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54 Rankers Reviews

9 Face-to-Face

193 Basic Camping

18 Motueka



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


NOTE - SUMMER SEASON 2020 Freedom Camping in Golden Bay has become very popular and many free sites are regularly full. Be prepared to stay in a local Holiday Park or DOC campsite, which generally have more space.

Freedom Camping in Golden Bay has become very popular and many free sites are regularly full. Be prepared to stay in a local Holiday Park or DOC campsite, which generally have more space. Thanks and respect from Rankers and the local Golden Bay rangers :)

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



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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 about 1 month ago

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Ranking: 10/10

A wonderful free place to stay!

Reviewed 2 months ago

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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 2 months ago

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Geoff Walker

Ranking: 9/10

Cool spot, great walk along the waterfront

Reviewed 3 months ago

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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 3 months ago

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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 4 months ago

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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 4 months ago

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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 8 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 9 months ago

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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 12 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 about 1 year ago

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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 over 1 year ago