Maruia Falls Carpark

Maruia Falls Carpark

Maruia Falls Scenic Reserve - Overnight Campervan Parking



15 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

240 Freedom Camping

12 Murchison




Feature Value Info


South IslandNelson RegionMurchison


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free





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Tarsha's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

Gravel carpark, single long drop toilet (very stinky). Lots of road noise, but nice bonus is the sound of the waterfalls. Easy walk to waterfalls (I have ankle injury and made it). Great place to pull over for night on way over to West coast or north to Murchison.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Marinette Kegels

Ranking: 9/10

Very pleasant place to stay.
You have, off course the sandflies..... you’re still on the west coast.... but we saw a lot of bumble bees! (And that’s very nice.... in Europe the are dying)
Beautiful waterfall, easy walk down
Overnight place is ok, you don’t need to put your wake up time..... at 7 o’clock the traffic and trucks will wake you up!

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Martin's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Not as many sandfly's as people say in the previous reviews... But still right next to high way so it can be noisy. One drop toilet. Beautiful waterfall good for experienced kayaking.

Reviewed 11 months ago

Lolo's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Good spot for stop over half way between greymouth and abel tasman. Long drop toilet was nasty, but the short walk to the waterfall was nice. Very noisy even at night.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Joseph's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

Very basic place to stay just off main road, only one toilet and that toilet wasn’t very pleasant and full of flies but cleaner came in the morning we think

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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S Weslake

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Ample parking for self/contained vehicles. We had no problems with traffic/noise. Watched many friendly, local kayak groups paddle off the falls and enjoyed a sunny evening by the water. Drop loo available. Worth stopping at if you’re on a budget. Beware of the sandflies.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in March 2018

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Luis Vigil Vidal

Ranking: 6/10

OK place to stay one night, just because its free. Right next to the road a bit noisy. Drop toilet was full of flies and mosquitoes. Only for self contained. It does the job for one night on the way north or south.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Jan Vos

Ranking: 8/10

Good place to stay. It's a bit crowded with vans. Long drop toilet. Nice view. Near the street but till 7 am its quiet. Sometimes a trucker beeps. Good stay for heading South or West (2 hours to Hanmer Springs and coast)

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Phil and Mel Rowson

Ranking: 6/10

On side of busy main road, busier due to diversion to Christchurch following earthquake. Easy walk to the falls. No view but perfectly adequate if you are self contained.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Jasmine Andrew

Ranking: 8/10

This spot was really nice for a free overnight stop. Waterfall close by worth a look. This spot is right by the highway so it can be slightly noisy at night (depending how you sleep). There are long drop toilets there which were not too bad either when we stayed.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Oz Attia


Ranking: 7/10

A good location to stop halfway between Nelson and Christchurch. The place is easy to find, toilets are OK. NOISY! The parking is next to the road which is quit busy during the night, light sleepers - get a pair of earplugs, do yourselves a favour!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Ann Le

Ranking: 7/10

This was a good campsite overall with easy access to the waterfalls in the morning. The night was relatively quiet which was a surprise because its so close to the main road. We didn't dare venture into the toilets because the door was completely off its hinge.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Daniel Baeyens


Ranking: 7/10

Pretty calm spot with a public toilet next to it. Maruia Falls can be seen with a 5 minute walk. Good enough on our way to West Coast.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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