Hawkes Lookout Carpark

Hawkes Lookout Carpark

Kahurangi National Park - Overnight Campervan Parking


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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!


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DOC Nelson/Tasman

Central government organisation


South IslandNelson RegionMotueka


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Showing 13 reviews of 32.

Karinkruger@gmail.com's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great spot with awesome views (short walk required). Surprisingly quiet given you are next to the road. We were the only motorhome!

Reviewed 28 days ago

Jrod's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Surprisingly hidden from the road. Minimal road noise didn’t bother us. Toilets very close however extremely stinky and heaps of flies. We were the only ones there for the night. Toilet gets quite a few visits throughout the afternoon and night as it’s a public toilet. Didn’t bother us. Would stay again. Phone reception was good. Enough space for 6 vans.

Reviewed 4 months ago

Shalamar's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

A great wee place to park up for the night. We were actually the only ones too yay! There is a cute wee walk that you can do to an amazing lookout. It has a toilet which was so nice & clean. Only con would be next to the main road & noise but saying that it wasn’t a biggy. You can’t see any of the vehicles and they can’t see you. Fantastic wee spot!!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Its Me

Ranking: 10/10

Nice spot. Limited parks so you might have to be early in season. Close to road but no traffic at night. Really well maintained track to awesome lookout. The people who moan about the toilet do my head in. Its a fully self contained park only. If you don't like the free and bonus toilet provided dump in your own space.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Mike Howe

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Ranking: 7/10

Nice remote sites with a short walk to a stunning lookout over the valley below. The parking area isn’t big so you might have neighbours. Avoid the toilet if you can.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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 2 years 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 over 2 years 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 over 2 years ago

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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 about 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years 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 3 years ago

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 3 years ago and experienced in November 2018

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