Double Bay

Double Bay

Mahau Sound - Overnight Campervan Parking

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Lia

Ranking: 9/10

Great place to camp for free. Yes the road down from Kenepura Rd is steep and winding but don’t let that put you off, we managed fine in our medium sized Britz camper and another much larger motor home was parked up when we arrived. It’s only a couple of minutes off the main road. The last bit of the road at the turnoff by the campground sign is gravel but it’s well maintained.
There are space for 6 vans only and these are in clearly marked spaces. 1/2/3 are in line with the gravel entrance road, number 4 is at a 45degree angle in the corner and 5/6 are along the beach front - you do have to park in line with the wooden sleeper for that space or won’t be able to fit 6 vans in - bit odd but it works and you’ll understand when you arrive.
Only two other vans when we stayed and views of the bay are stunning. Collected black tipped mussels for dinner at low tide..about 2pm in August..and cooked them for a free dinner (do check that there is no health warnings in place - we asked a regular who was staying and he gave us the OK)
Good, clean toilet available.
Definitely recommend and much nicer than the next free campsite just up the road.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Gus

Ranking: 9/10

Great place to stay if you are just coming off the ferry. We arrived after dark and found only one large motor home at the campsite. The toilet is a drop loo but that is to be expected in a remote location. I found it clean with stocked hand sanitizer. The smell isn't bad so long as previous users keep the lid down. If you are lucky and have a clear night, you may be rewarded with a FANTASTIC view of the stars...rivals Lake Tekapo in my opinion. All in all, it's small and as others have said, would be pretty cramped during summer since it really only has room for about six vans, but otherwise a great place to spend the night!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Ella

Ranking: 7/10

Nice spot by the water. The parking was quite close together though. And although it says for self contained only (which we were) there was lots of other campers, so I can imagine it sometimes fills up. Beautiful views on the drive in and to wake up to. Drop pit toilet was clean. Pretty good for a free site!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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The Weathersons

Ranking: 7/10

Lovely location and views, however sand flies are an issue as being by the water. Loo was not great and was heavily populated with flies and other biting insects. The way that the parking sites are indicated is most confusing which meant ourselves and another camper van were boxed in for the night with no privacy. There is plenty of room for the 6 designated self contained motor homes / campervans but only if all park at the correct angle which is not indicated at the site.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Michael Pitman

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Idyllic beach front location with picnic tables, a pontoon to swim out to, and super peaceful. We tried here at about 5pm to find the six spaces full, and had to go elsewhere - but had success the following day when we arrived mid afternoon. A modern and clean (and non smelly) drop loo. Amazing views to wake up to! Half a point off 10/10 as you have to park quite close to each other, so removes your privacy a little and the pesky sandflies but for the location and views - get there!!!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Stefan Hohmann

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely location, warm contact to locals, restricted to 6 self contained vans! Long drop toilet is OK, but no water anywhere.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Alice Addy

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful location, we had read the reviews so we were prepared to park in allocated slots. Toilet was good for a long drop but if your self contained it doesn't really matter. Picked mussels and Oysters for lunch. Amazing spot.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Peter Moore

Ranking: 10/10

Was aiming for Mistletoe Bay but the roads up here just never end. They just keep on winding. I loved it but we were tired so we stayed here. Lovely view when we woke up.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Marina

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely location overlooking the water. Only 6 places with numbered slots and controlled. Very pretty bay. Has toilet.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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R Werder

Ranking: 8/10

Very idyllic. Toilet OK, but lots of sandflies in there. Limited to 6 self contained (!) campervans, so don't be too late. A "supervisor" will check in the evening. Sharp turn to the left from Kenepuru Road.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Ron Web

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Quiet and nice. Beautiful view and a good place for a swim. Beware of the sandflies. Dry toilet is okay. There are numbers for each parking bay.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Alan White

Ranking: 9/10

Excellent beach front site with views, self pick mussels and even a toilet. Only one other camper there in mid October. Don't miss the sharp turn to the left as you decend the hill. Keep going down the steep incline and you'll find a treasure of a free campsite.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Dan Young

Ranking: 9/10

A great little spot, quite a windy road to get here. Toilet facilities are ok. Strictly limited to 6 campervans. Overall a pleasant experience.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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David and Stephan

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Free, breathtaking sounds, good possibility to gather your own mussels for a nice dinner.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Sophie James

England

Ranking: 7/10

Good campsite for your basic needs.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Mike Merrick

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful free camp site, very well looked after by the local community although it's a shame that they insist that all campervans must park in the six allocated sites rather than using the lovely area of grass. Toilet adequate but we preferred to use our own facilities in the van. Good swimming at high tide and melodious bell birds in the trees. Would happily return.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Lieselotte Michels

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful location right on the beach. Be quick: there's only room for 6 campervans and you need to be parked in the designated area. Clean long drop toilet. Free!

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Jurgen Moors

Ranking: 2/10

Strange rules and regulations. We had to park the campervan very close together, although all the grass area was empty. Lot's of discussions with the locals, we were not allowed to use a hammock. Stinky long drop toilet and ONLY for self contained camper vans, as they have changed the rules again. Didn't feel welcome at all, we left after one night.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Joanna Doran

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful spot, very quiet, clean loo. Great views. Ideal first camp on South Island if arriving in the evening and heading towards Abel Tasman. Road is winding but all tarmac.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Alex

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

One of the best locations you could ever wish to spend a night. Toilet and picnic tables are a bonus.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Emilie Chanbon

France

Ranking: 7/10

Free campsite!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Fiona Hawkins

England

Ranking: 9/10

Gorgeous spot, we went swimming, had fresh oysters and had no worried for sandflies. Clean toilet.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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Greg Gilmore

England

Ranking: 9/10

A beautiful spot on the water. Clean toilet, table and chairs and friendly locals. Very nice.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in April 2014

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Lars Borgaa

Denmark

Ranking: 8/10

Free campground and very nice.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Sanne Sprogoe Borgaa

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

A very nice free camp with great swimming, mussels and oysters to pick at low tide.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Sina Sacranie

England

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful surrounding, plenty of space, toilet is well kept.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Rebecca Luke

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Free site but drop/pit toilet was clean and the site was tidy. Very beautiful and secluded spot and great that it was free - right on the beach.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Granjon

France

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely place.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Maria = Moller Hansen

Denmark

Ranking: 9/10

Nice view to the bay, isolated campsite with toilet (no water).

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Robert Geissler

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

Nice campground ! Awesome Sounds view. A little bit busy as the locals get their boats to the water there.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Lara Mroseck

Germany

Ranking: 1/10

Quiet and fantastic views, stinky toilets and broken toilet on the beach.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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David Diaper

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Really good little Freedom Camping Spot. Brand new very clean and well maintained long drop, couple of picnic benches around and the estuary is right next door, good walks and good area for Geocaching. This site is NOT Self Contained only, sadly like so many listings on here the Self Contained rule is simply not the case when you get there. It is for VEHICLES ONLY, but they DO NOT have to be self contained and is clearly stated as such, ignore the sign with the map when you come off Queen Charlotte Drive, it is an old one. there is a nice clear sign when you get there, I guess as the toilet is new it has recently been opened up to Non Self Contained Campers. Remote but one of our favorite spots, overlooked by houses so always felt safe.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Will and Taylor

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

Great secluded little spot. Less than an hour's drive from Picton so a good spot to spend your first/last night in South Island. Right on the water, clean toilet, picnic tables, a sealed road leading all the way up to it, open grassy space as well as shaded, tree-protected spots. And it's free! Awesome.

Make sure you bring your own water.

Reviewed over 6 years ago