Port Motueka Beach Reserve

Port Motueka Beach Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking


59 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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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 2 months ago

Felix's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed 5 months 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 6 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 about 1 year ago

Lua's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

A wonderful free place to stay!

Reviewed about 1 year 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 about 1 year ago

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Geoff Walker

Ranking: 9/10

Cool spot, great walk along the waterfront

Reviewed about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 over 1 year ago

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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year ago