Port Motueka Beach Reserve

Port Motueka Beach Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking



46 Rankers Reviews

9 Face-to-Face

267 Basic Camping

25 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



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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 about 1 month ago

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 4 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 5 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 7 months ago

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Harriet Kelly

United Kingdom

Ranking: 1/10

No camping signs everywhere! May not be a site anymore

Reviewed 7 months 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 8 months 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 11 months ago and experienced in March 2018

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Stephen Lindsay

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Looked full up when we arrived at 5pm but managed to find spot with help from kind fellow travelers. Stunning sunrise over bay.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Mike's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful location, one min walk to salt baths, just be in early as was full by 430 off season, not sutable for bigger vehicles

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Jacki Janetzki


Ranking: 5/10

We arrived after 9pm & the place was packed with no room left for our self contained motor home. After driving around for a while wondering where we were going to stay we followed the yellow public wharf signs to the end of Massey Street & came across a 12 bay parking area at George Quay facing the waterfront. We were absolutely delighted to wake up to a spectacular view the next morning. There were no signs advising for or against camping but I thoroughly recommend this spot even if just for a meal break or rest. Absolutely stunning!

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in October 2017

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The Farrs

Ranking: 6/10

Fine for a free spot one night after taking ferry. Not too scenic, had toilets (dirty/no lighting), and some green space. Very full (arrive early!!) and seemed like there were quite a few young regulars. Right in town though and we went in for a nice breakfast.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Mallory's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Fills up very fast and people will squeeze in spots you did not realize exist so be prepared for a crowd. Great spot before Abel Tasman Park the next morning, especially considering all the paid campsites in the area were very packed as well. Shower was broken when we were there but there was a large sink to wash dishes and bathrooms.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Jean's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Very full and many missed out
Ranger comes around to check if SC often.
Right on beach and by salt baths

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Love Christchurch