W F Moss Scenic Reserve Picnic...

W F Moss Scenic Reserve Picnic Area

Overnight Campervan Parking



18 Rankers Reviews

4 Face-to-Face

110 Freedom Camping

18 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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Megan's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed 7 months ago

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 7 months ago

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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 8 months 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 10 months ago

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Sophie Skinner

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Ideal spot for camping pre/post Abel Tasman. Very close to Kaiteriteri/Marahau/Motueka for a tour departure or before heading over Takaka hill. Corners and a couple trees to nestle into in the van. Beside a nice river, has one clean long drop. Road to site is under minor maintenance but it was fine for our camper, just some cones and a little gravel when we went, so don’t be put off by early cones. Stayed 2 nights here!

Reviewed 10 months ago

Joseph's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Very quite area, have a toilet and picnic benches, nothing else

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Christina's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Perfect spot for an overnight self contained spot, no cellphone coverage

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Oceane Imber

Ranking: 6/10

It’s a good spot for one night with the river just behind. Toilets were not the best ones but for a free camp it was alright. Lots of space and little corner to have some privacy if you wanted.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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deborah cooper


Ranking: 8/10

We had planned on staying here, but the rain arrived and we could see the river rising. Was a lovely spot. Drop toilet. Only 2 other campers there.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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estelle D

New Caledonia

Ranking: 8/10

free campsite pour motorhome autonome
site sympa, calme
sur la route de Riwaka Resurgence Track – sur la gauche de la route en montant
|!| si fortes pluies au débordement de la rivière

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Ranking: 8/10

This spot had been devastated by a severe flood just prior to our visit in March 2016 so it was difficult to assess. It would normally be a great free site beside a lovely running creek but the flooding filled the pit toilet which was unusable. Many sites were gouged out by the flood and Council was working to restore the road in and washouts. Would still recommend as the place would soon be repaired and is really a great spot to camp. Don't forget to visit the resurgent cave up the road where the river emerges from a cave in the mountains. Absolutely fascinating..

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Javier Schneider

Ranking: 5/10

Basic spot, lots of camping sites, nice and quiet. Many sandflies and the worst smelling toilet we came across in New Zealand.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Megan's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Basic parking spot with public toilet, beside the stream. Grass should be kept mowed, would look more pleasant. Certified self contained vehicles only.

Reviewed over 4 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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