W F Moss Scenic Reserve Picnic...

W F Moss Scenic Reserve Picnic Area

Overnight Campervan Parking



27 Rankers Reviews

4 Face-to-Face

159 Freedom Camping

16 Motueka



Grassy areas near native trees


Closest Freedom Camping to the Abel Tasman

W F Moss Scenic Reserve sits in a quiet valley, 10 minutes off the main road. Camping amoungst native plantings, next to the Riwaka river. Take another 5 minute drive up to the Riwaka Resurgence, where the river literally appears from a cave at the bottom of the hill. Take a swim in the crystal pool- refreshing to the max!


Feature Value Info


South IslandNelson RegionMotueka


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free



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Mike Howe

New Zealand

Ranking: 6/10

Cold in winter 🥶 especially the water

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Robert Adler

Ranking: 10/10

For free camping in NZ, you really can't beat this. It's a 15 minute drive to the entry of Abel Tasman and has plenty of space for campers. The toilet situation isn't great, but again, it's free! Sand flies were not too bad either.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Jack Moxon

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

Large campsite easy to find, should be able to find a spot anytime of day. Lots of flies and got bitten a bit. Toilet is horrendous, it’s basically a pit which never seems to get emptied. Had to hold our noses and it’s full of flies. No toilet roll.

Reviewed 8 months ago

Peter's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Great camping spot, plenty of space at 5/6pm and able to have a dip in the river. Also a swimming spot 2km further down the road.

Our experience was really put off with a group of locals who played ridiculously loud rave music ALL. NIGHT. LONG. They were still going in the morning when we left. Literally slept about an hour. Planned on staying 2 nights but couldn’t risk another night without sleep.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Wiebke's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

The campground is really big and not a problem to find a free spot. There is a small river where you can walk through. The toilet is okay but very smelly and many mosquitos - but better than none.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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James F

Ranking: 8/10

Stayed here 2 nights as such a lovely spot so much space !! Off the beaten track so ideal place. Shame about the loo as it was the worst thing I’ve ever smelt and unusable really. There was so much space and not even full after 8 Oclock !!

Reviewed 10 months ago

Drew's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

The best campsite out there! Peaceful and large. Small stream surrounded by hills! Bypass the town and get out here, you won’t regret it

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Javier Williams

Ranking: 9/10

Its a nice place for overnight before visit Abel Tasman. Even it was full, we could find a place and it was better than free options in Motueka.However it was a little bit difficult to find out; you have to turn left and follow the exact location in Rankers app. It was at the end of this small road when you think that you are going to nowhere.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Camping crew

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful site with easy access. Great draw chorus.

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Looks beautiful. But was closed due to fire risk when we tried to camp there.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Guilhem's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great place to stay. River nearby. Lot of space to park. Toilets are starting to get overloaded. No water tap nearby

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Molly's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Huge grassed area where you can park anywhere. Relatively clean drop toilet, a few sandflies around due to the river but very manageable. Grass was nice and green, not very long so had been recently mowed/well maintained.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in November 2018

Matt's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great place to stay with easy access to Abel tasman. Really quiet area with plenty of grass to park on. 1 drop toilet that's seen better days but the sites free

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Nick Morrison

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