All freedom campers must be certified self-contained.
Maximum stay of two consecutive nights, departure by 9am.
Park only between the freedom camping signs.
Location - South-east end at Purangi Reserve boat ramp overflow parking, seaward side to the west of the boat ramp.
Size - 40m starting from the north-east corner and heading south-west.
13 reviews with the most recent first
Perfect little spot to free camp, room for 4-6 in the designated area. As the review before says- the location is around the corner, in a field, just follow signs. Toilet facilities a short walk.
Really beautiful location right on the bay. The parking is on a large patch of grass. A bit far off the main road but a good alternative if the cathedral cove is full.
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Be aware that the location of this freedom camping site has been moved since earlier reviews, it’s not right next to the toilets and river but instead follow a signs to the nearby field. Means approx a 3 minute walk to the toilets (clean), not much of a view in the new location but a handy stopover. Not very clear about how many vehicles can park here, it says between two signs with three metre gaps between vans. Would only leave room for four but there were about six when we stayed there. Useful to get to Cathedral Cove and hot water beach.
River view, quiet, very near beautiful beach. nice bike ride into village. but only one very badly stocked shop. Toilets & BBQ place a 2 min walk. We were 6 campers.... & it was tight!
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Really nice location by an inlet near to a good beach. Clearly signposted space for a few vans (there were about 5 on the night we stayed). Ranger came round early in the morning to check vans were self-contained and camping was in the correct place. Toilets clean but about 300m away, next to picnic tables and barbeques. No drinking water. Very peaceful place.
Danny Josa Parrott
This is by far the most beautiful beach and cove we ever saw. A welcome escape from the touristy, crowded nearby Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove. I strongly recommend coming here - just so that you can have the chance to walk from the campsite up to the stream mouth at the far end of the beach. The village is small and mainly consists of unoccupied holiday homes so is very peaceful. There is a great Scottish owned fish and chip shops as well as a general store and a liquor store. We came in November 2016 and would have happily stayed longer! Enjoy!!
Follow the signs at the end of Captain Cook Road, passed the boat ramp, to a tranquil parking place on grass, on the edge of the estuary. Room for 4-5 campers between the signs. There were four campers both nights when we stayed in the first week of May.
Emplacement très sympa.
Vue imprenable sur la rivière.
Balançoire artisanale en contre-bas
Free camping, fabulous views of the river and bay. Right by the water. Very clean toilets, no showers, self contained campers only.
Good place and quiet (4 vehicles places on the grass). Toilets are close, a 3 minute walk. You have also a place to cook for free with some tables for eating at.
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Great secluded spot. Real bonus is it's next to free BBQ grills and overlooking the river inlet.
Pleasant free camping.
Amazing, very nice place.