Maruia Falls Carpark

Maruia Falls Carpark

Maruia Falls Scenic Reserve - Overnight Campervan Parking


21 Rankers Reviews

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14 Murchison

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Restricted to self contained vehicles, for 4 nights maximum in a single calendar month, between 5 pm and 9 am the following day


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DOC Nelson/Tasman

Central government organisation


South IslandNelson RegionMurchison


  • Freedom Camping
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Tricia's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

Sign stating that camping is prohibited in summer months.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Jenna's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Sandfly central. It’s a car park next to the road and the waterfall. The waterfall noise drowns out the noises of most vehicles, we could hear most trucks that drove past but there weren’t too many of those. The waterfall is beautiful but cannot swim here as there are dangerous undercurrents and signs posted. There is a toilet but it’s a hole in the ground. Free to stay. Reception for internet is great!

Reviewed 8 months ago

Rebecca's avatar


Ranking: 3/10

Pretty waterfall but wouldnt recommend stopping here for the night, its literally the carpark for the waterfall right by the main road

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Shane london

Ranking: 8/10

Great little spot for overnight stay , wicked looking waterfall and even feed the wekas

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Stefan Hohmann


Ranking: 7/10

Near the street, not very quiet. The falls are really impressive, at all a good place for an overnight stop.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Drew's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Nice spot for a stop! Take care if swimming, current is strong. Waterfall is nice. Good toilet. If you’re a kayaker this is a must stop so you can paddle down the falls!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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 almost 3 years 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 over 3 years 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 over 3 years 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 over 3 years ago

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 about 4 years 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 about 4 years 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 over 4 years ago

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