Port Motueka Beach Reserve

Port Motueka Beach Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

Reviews

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Becca

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 20 days 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 2 months ago

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Lena

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 5 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 6 months ago

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Lance

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 8 months ago

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Harriet Kelly

United Kingdom

Ranking: 1/10

No camping signs everywhere! May not be a site anymore

Reviewed 9 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 9 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 about 1 year 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

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Mike

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

Australia

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

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Mallory

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

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Jean

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

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Nathalie

Ranking: 1/10

Trop de campings cars et vans. Aire surchargée et delestée sur d'autres parkings où s'agglutinent les vans
Très bruyant. Cela enlève l'intérêt du site. La ville n'est pas jolie.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Oceane Imber

Ranking: 10/10

Great little spot near Abel Tasman, its really handy location if you have activities planned in Abel! It’s really really tiny so if you want to have a space make sure to come early by 6pm it was already pretty much full. Clean toilets and cold shower (one, outside). Please make sure to add your night fee/donation and support the community to keep this spot as nice as it is!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Axel Kite

Ranking: 7/10

Great spot considering the fun and free saltwater baths which fill with high tide seawater. Playground next to baths so our kids loved this spot (5 & 7 yrs). Camping is a tight squeeze but adequate for one night. WARNING: We arrived too late to park here so followed Marina's review where she said to drive around to boat launch area to camp - DO NOT camp there as we had a knock on our door at 0600 and a verbal warning. Right now there are no signs but there soon will be as the community are not happy about it being used for freedom camping.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Michael Pitman

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Awesome location. When we arrived the main campsite was really busy. Bit of a longer walk to the fairly clean toilet and outdoor shower. Coin operated BBQ. Would recommend as a base campsite for Abel Tasman.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Silvia

Ranking: 8/10

Very good spot for one night. Toilets are ok, barbecue available for some coins, fresh cold water and very close to the beach. With picnics tables in the grass. For us one of our best free camping.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Rogier Kavelaars

Ranking: 8/10

Very busy main parking lot, the other site at the wharf (check entry board) is so much better. A bit more exposed but the view is awesome.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Vander Plancke Julien

France

Ranking: 10/10

Great spot at the gate of Abel Tasman. The parking is great and there is a swimming pool of sea water.
There is also 2 BBQ places available for $2

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Jo Dawson

Ranking: 8/10

Car park for free camping. Level spots and a toilet and tap to fill up water. Right by the beach. Just a bit of a trek into town but a convenient location as the gateway to Abel Tasman/Golden Bay.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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deborah cooper

Australia

Ranking: 7/10

Clean toilets. Car park type camping, but because it was cold and raining we were inside anyway. There is a less crowded self contained area further up the road, but no toilets.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Grace White

Ranking: 3/10

We pulled in here late on night, start of April. Packed with overseas (non English speaking tourists) who had spread out everywhere making a lot of noise. The toilets were filthy and the only pleasant part about this spot was the location near the baths. We went around the corner to a self contained area, which we would give a 9/10.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Duncan

Ranking: 7/10

Cold outside shower only.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Johanna Dorner

Ranking: 8/10

Very beautiful spot!! There is a shower (outside) and clean toilets. Very chilled and a good location to start the Abel Tasman!!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Trent O'Keeffe

Ranking: 8/10

Not many sites so get there early! Beach was not as nice as I thought. But so good to have a shower! Even if it was cold. Good spots on grass to cook an eat food, no sandflies so was good!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Rogina de Jong

Ranking: 9/10

Lots of facilities (clean toilets, cold shower, bbq and salt water pool).
Lovely place to stay, but gets busy so get there early!
The $5 donation is very much worth it.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Irene

Spain

Ranking: 8/10

There is plenty of room in the road. Campervans are parked at both sides of the road one behind the other forming a queue. There are toilets and a nice electric barbecue which works with $1 coins. It is a quiet place to stay, but look out with alcoholic beveragesbecause there are several signs warning about the prohibition of drinking or even having alcohol.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in April 2016

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Marina

Ranking: 8/10

The main car park next to the toilet and shower (cold ) was packed, we recommend to go around the lawn next to the boat launch area of the port, there is nobody and it's part the area of camping allowed. Caution is self contained only, very controlled !

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Ron Web

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A very good pace to stay. A 10 for free camping side. Next to the public swimming pool. 50m away there is a good fishing spot.
Toilets are okay,cool shower and water supply.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Kate Voss

United States

Ranking: 9/10

We stayed here two nights before going to Abel Tasman for a day night. There were a few other campervans but it was quiet and the view in the morning was great. No light in the bathroom but they were clean. There's an outdoor shower with cold water if you need a quick rinse. I definitely recommend it!

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Sarrob Sarrob

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Good location by the beach. Quiet despite being very busy. Recommend getting there early to get a spot. Salt baths are a must see though was too cold for us to try them. Toilets and cold outdoor shower available. Good free camp.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Alexandre Moleiro

Portugal

Ranking: 8/10

Good location. Quiet at night despite beeing almost full. The toilets are OK for the price (free) and they have an outdoor shower. Perfect for an overnight stop.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Manuela

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Awesome free spot to camp with flush toilets, water and a really cold shower.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Benoit Fricaudet

Ranking: 9/10

The location is amazing next to the sea. Salt water bath available. This camping is well known, it's better to arrive not too late to find sites available.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Moudry Vojtech

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Pretty nice place with public flushing toilets, picnic tables, tap water, bins and BBQ fire. Nice one!! 8 other campervans and 2 non-self with us overnight. No ranger.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Daniel Jarrett

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Fairly decent freedom camping spot next to some salt baths. We arrived late and left early so didn't get to see the facilities. There were quite a few campers when we were there so I imagine it is even busier in summer.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in September 2014

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Garry Renton

New Zealand

Ranking: 6/10

Busy place for campers it is unfortunate that many that are not self contained park there - but we did see a ranger fine them!!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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rachaelandryan

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Great place, used the bbq, flushing toilets. And free camping. You don't need much more than this, and a water supply. Great seeing as a lady from a nearby site tried to charge us $10 to fill our water up!!!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Susan

Switzerland

Ranking: 8/10

Only for self-contained vehicles.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Sina Sacranie

England

Ranking: 6/10

Beautiful beach. Even though the toilets flush - they were smellier than most long drops I have used at other sites.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Mike Fricker

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

23Apr14, 1 night, $5 per night, 2 of us (50's).
Excellent value. Flush loos and cold outside shower for the brave!
Good walking round the shoreline.
A good stop over place. Will use again.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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Dan Lawson

England

Ranking: 6/10

Great site, perfect for fishing. Be warned though, they do enforce the self-contained motorhomes only rule! So if you do not have a toilet in your vehicle, you won't be able to stay.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Kellie

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

A great spot by the sea and salt baths Very beautiful. Patrolled excessively by rangers "fun police" If you are not self contained beware. I understand they have had problems, but we were self contained and it felt as though we had no right to be there

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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K S

United States

Ranking: 7/10

Stayed here before heading to Abel Tasman- you park in a basic lot(and pay attention to the signs about where you can park as the police were enforcing) but just over the berm is the salt water bath and the ocean. Clean, flush toilets and there was an outdoor shower although it wasn't working when we were there. But that didn't bother us as we were self contained.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Aurelie Morin

France

Ranking: 8/10

Good spot.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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