Hawkes Lookout Carpark

Hawkes Lookout Carpark

Kahurangi National Park - Overnight Campervan Parking



24 Rankers Reviews

5 Face-to-Face

248 Freedom Camping

25 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





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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 6 months 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 8 months ago

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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 9 months 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 9 months 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 10 months 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 12 months 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 about 1 year 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 almost 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 almost 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 almost 2 years ago

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Joe Trigg

Ranking: 9/10

Quite a windy drive to get there but well worth it. The views from the lookout were stunning, as were the stars. There is only space for about six campervans and no tent areas. It’s fairly close to the road but noise wasn’t a problem. Toilet was absolutely foul which is the only reason it doesn’t get a 10, don’t even bother trying to use it, we did and regretted it. Worst we’ve ever experienced! Aside from that, brilliant free place to stop.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Jo Dawson

Ranking: 8/10

Brilliant spot, great lookout, level parking. It loses a few points for its very smelly long drop toilet. The views are outstanding and we looked at other free camping spots in the area, this was the best.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Bryce Jones

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Short walk to overlook the Nelson area. Well signed, very clean toilet. The perfect way to break up a long drive.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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