Waikanae River Mouth

Waikanae River Mouth

Overnight Campervan Parking


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Trina's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great spot. Very clean toilet. We got the ferry next morning & was an easy drive to there. Felt safe.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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K & D

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful location with lovely local walks. Can get busy with locals visiting and fishing. All four spaces were taken. We got our space at 4pm with the last remaining taken much later.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Ranking: 9/10

Nice spot near the estuary with plenty of birds to observe and great for fishing.
One modern toilet with jazz music! Walk around on the beach and see Kapiti island in the background.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Nice spot, felt very safe. Modern toilet. Space for 4 campers. I arrived around 7PM mid-February 2020 and there was one space available.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Ranking: 9/10

Nice view with toilets, only 4 spots

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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JuhuMel Campers

Ranking: 10/10

One of the best free campsite we had. Got there around 3pm. Apart from some visiters (kite surfers, dogs) we were the only one staying over night. Toilet closes before 12 pm, but it's very clean and big.
Walks along the beach& sunset.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Brian & Marilyn

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely place to stay and you are on the coast so there will be wind. We really enjoyed our free stay but we abide by the rules. Our only objection is that so called self contained small vans park 3 vans in two spaces and no one checks. It needs to be policed continuously. 9.12.18

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Simon Springett

Ranking: 10/10

Brilliant campsite in the reserve, though very exposed and windy. Loads of kite surfers. Very clean toilets - that even speak to you and play music when the door is locked. No showers. A playground about 1.2km walk down the road. If you love driftwood, this is the place for you.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Erich Brueggermann

Ranking: 8/10

We stayed in December, lovely spot in the nature reserve near the beach. Respect the 4 camper only rule please, security do come & check. Lovely beach full of driftwood. We would of loved to stay 2 nights, but 1 night is the max. Nice & quiet.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Yongxiang Panna

Ranking: 9/10

Well located campsite with a clean flush toilet nearby. However, we were exposed to extreme wind during our stay so check the weather before coming.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Angela Dixon

Ranking: 9/10

Well located free campsite with walk along the beach and good views.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Urs Bruderer

Ranking: 9/10

Calm and directly by the river. Very nice spot to stay. Someone came by and wrote down our register number (only stay for one night). Clean toilet with music. Funny!

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

A lovely spot by the estuary, amazing sunset great toilets. We were a bit confused about where to camp, as there were several campers on the left when we came in, so parked up on grass area near the other campers,13 of us in all camped there. Wasn't till the next morning that we found a sign saying only 4 campers allowed and only in carpark on the right as you come in! Security did come in at about 9pm and wrote down all our number plates but no one asked any of us to move on !!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Helen Ameis

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome location - river, beach and lagoon; some friendly locals telling stories about bird life, very calm and relaxing!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Emily C

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

A beautiful spot on the river estuary where children could run free on the sand while I cooked dinner. The musical loo is charming.
The camping spot is on the right as you turn in from the road.
A popular spot for dog walkers and there are houses close by but still felt away from things. A security car pulled up around 9pm and took a note of our number-plate.
Do check out the lovely bird reserve and native swamp reserve further up the road. They're doing great work.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Guillaume Yedoux


Ranking: 8/10

Enjoy a night with sheep and a beautiful lake around.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Jennifer Garner

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Good location at the side of the river, looking out towards Kapiti Island and the sea. Amazing singing toilets! Stay in there long enough to hear two tracks. And a loo that thanks you for using it! Good beach access. Hard standing. Free site.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Jade Fleming

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely little location on the water front. Beautiful sunset!!

Only space for 4 vans, and must be self-contained - warden came round to check late at night.
Musical public toilet was amusing and clean, other reviews mention it closing, we didn't notice this, it was still open around 9.30pm and at 7am the next morning.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago

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David Restell

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

We've stayed here on 2 occasions both for 1 night.

+ Free,
+ Lovely area with direct access to beach,
+ Surprisingly sheltered from the wind,
+ Nice cycle route around estuary.

- Can only stay for 1 night at a time,
- On a Saturday night there was 1 occasion of a car wheel spinning out of car park.

+/- There is a toilet but it is locked over night.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Will and Taylor


Ranking: 7/10

Friendly locals around. Beautiful views of Kapiti Island and even South Island in the distance. The singing toilet is entertaining. Excellent spot to walk along the beach. However, not very private.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Cymen Crick

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

A good spot. Great for kids that like feeding ducks and swans, plus we saw Royal Spoonbills and NZ Shoveler Ducks. It's popular with the locals, so it's not altogether private. You have to check out the toilet - it's one of those talking ones with music - they make me laugh. I will certainly stay here again.

Reviewed over 8 years ago