W F Moss Scenic Reserve Picnic...

W F Moss Scenic Reserve Picnic Area

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30 Rankers Reviews

4 Face-to-Face

18 Motueka

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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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Kaylan's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Really enjoyed our stay here, quite a bit of space. Toilet wasnt amazing but did the job. Lots of weka’s and bugs!

Reviewed 8 months ago

Rebecca's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

HIGHLY recommend staying here. Amazing private space right by the river. Toilets are much nicer than past comments suggest. So many friendly weka living here too. Well worth the stay

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Its Me

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome peaceful wee spot. Nice little river. Don't let the complaints about the toilet put you off. Its in the middle of nowhere. Was never going to be first class running water toilet. Cheeky wekas running about a nice bonus. Plenty of room and flat. Bonus good cell reception.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Mike Howe

New Zealand

Ranking: 6/10

Cold in winter 🥶 especially the water

Reviewed about 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year ago

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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year ago

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Camping crew

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful site with easy access. Great draw chorus.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Megan's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Nick Morrison

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