Hawkes Lookout Carpark

Hawkes Lookout Carpark

Kahurangi National Park - Overnight Campervan Parking



27 Rankers Reviews

5 Face-to-Face

307 Freedom Camping

22 Motueka



View down the Riwaka Valley from Hawkes lookout
10 Minute Lookout Walk
Hawkes Lookout. Top View!


Stunning views from your Campervan

Hawkes Lookout carpark is situated next to the main road between Motueka and Golden Bay. This is karst country!


Feature Value Info


South IslandNelson RegionMotueka


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free





Showing 13 reviews of 27.

Kyle's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Good little spot to stop for overnight. Can get crowded with campervans. Worth stopping just for the lookout alone

Reviewed about 1 month ago and experienced in January 2020

Cody's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

Close to the roadway for lots of loud traffic, very crowded and little parking, people were loud with music and TV. Bathrooms were filthy and strong odor of ammonia.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Roger from Wales

Ranking: 7/10

Very busy only one space available and several others looking for space after we arrived. Stunning views from lookout. Right next to main road. Drop toilet incredibly smelly. Very friendly crowd some of whom we shared together the woes of our vans. Left as it was too busy for us.

Reviewed 6 months ago

Becca's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

Beautiful location, the lookout is quite stunning at sunset. The toilet is dire so we didn't use that. The lot seems to be on a slope which was a bit annoying. It wasnt busy at the time we visited (we were the only ones there!). Note the sign says to vacate by 9am.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Peter Lillie

Ranking: 7/10

Amazing views if you are willing to brave the hairpin bends to get up there. Limited space and a very stinky toilet! Right by the road, but wasn’t disturbed by it in the night.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Rena's avatar


Ranking: 2/10

The Hawkes Lookout Carpark itself is nice, especially the lookout which is 5 min away!
But the toilet is disgusting!
The awful smell reached our car at the carpark - and there was like a 40m distance between our car and the toilet... you can tell, the toilet definitely needs a clean!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Freya's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Only space for 8 or so vans and was nearly full at 6pm. Awful toilet but beautiful view from the lookout a few minutes walk away.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Molly's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Small car park for staying overnight, approximately 15 spaces if everyone is parked tightly. Carpark is also for the lookout so there is a chance that the cars/campervans in the carpark are going to the lookout and not staying the night. Toilets were relatively clean and very close to the carpark. 10 minute walk to Hawkes Lookout, very convenient

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in November 2018

Mahi's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Parking for an amazing lookout. Few places (5-6) suitable for large van. Noisy road just up to the parking but no much traffic during the night.
Perfect to explore Abel Tasman.
The road to go there is amazing, with works but not bothering.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Mike Fricker

Ranking: 10/10

08Oct18. Stopped here on the way over to Takaka. It is as described with a short walk to the lookout. Is was sunny and clear so the the view was great. While we were there a couple who live in Nelson appeared. It was their first visit and were amazed at the view. Worth going to.
The Ngarau Caves and lookout is a bit further along the road. The lookout looks a slightly different direction so is also worth a stop. Went to the caves in 2006. It is a paid for place. Hourly guided tours into the caves. Can’t say what it is like now but prob worth visiting.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Luis Vigil Vidal

Ranking: 8/10

Good place to stay one night to break the drive on the way to Wharariki. Drop toilet which was ok. Next to the road but not much traffic at night. Nice lookout just 5 min walking track. Perfect for one night...around 10 spaces so arrive early

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Michael Fife

Ranking: 1/10

Possibly the worse toilets I've ever seen in my life. Wasn't even able to use it as the smell was so bad it made my eyes water! This needs sorting out!!!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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kevin monaghan

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

15 mins drive up in the mountains from Kaiteriteri, beautiful spot, toilets, scenic views, room for 15+ motorhomes. Quiet & a signposted lovely scenic walk.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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