24 Rankers Reviews
248 Freedom Camping
Hawkes Lookout carpark is situated next to the main road between Motueka and Golden Bay. This is karst country!
South Island ▷ Nelson Region ▷ Motueka
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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.
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.
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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!
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.
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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
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.
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.
Luis Vigil Vidal
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
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!!!
15 mins drive up in the mountains from Kaiteriteri, beautiful spot, toilets, scenic views, room for 15+ motorhomes. Quiet & a signposted lovely scenic walk.
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.
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.
Short walk to overlook the Nelson area. Well signed, very clean toilet. The perfect way to break up a long drive.
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