Iveagh Bay

Iveagh Bay

Overnight Campervan Parking


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All freedom campers are limited to three nights in any one location and ten nights overall in any calendar month

Overnight parking is only permitted south of the toilet block

Vehicles must display a self-containment "warrant" in the inside left front window. Failure to do so may incur $200.00 fine.


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South IslandWest CoastGreymouth


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Max's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

The entrance is closed, I don't know why there is no information...
The camp seem really nice :) It's a gravel parking at the back just front of the lake, away from the road, nice toilets, some bins, a track to a summit start from the parking.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Drew's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful wide spaces marked out by large rocks which makes it much nicer than just a car park, good toilets and right on the lake. Warmest swim I had in NZ. Good walking tracks right by the spot too!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Beth Carlton

Ranking: 6/10

Amazing effort put in by the council. Lovely sheltered area + toilets and all next to a gorgeous scenic lake (good for fishing). Parking spots nicely laid out with rocks and easily signposted. Water had risen a lot when we visited so lost the great van spaces by the lake, but not an issue. No portable water or rubbish bins. Sadly the sandflies were UNBEARABLE and after half an hour we had to give up and went all the way down to the lovely DOC lake Pearson flight (no sandflies!!).

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Berthold Wagner


Ranking: 6/10

Stayed there on the way to Arthur's Pass. Arrived early, but later place got crowded to capacity. Toilets could have used a cleaning. Only Water available was non potable.
Stunning beautiful place with great view of Lake and Mountains in the back.
Beware of the Sandflies though.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Lolo's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Good free spot for a stop over between Arthurs pass and Greymouth. Clean facilities (flush toilets, basin) and a nice view on the lake. Approx. space for 10 to 15 campervans.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Cefa's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

We stayed the night here before heading to Arthurs Pass the next morning. It was blowing a gale and rained almost all the time we were there, but it didn't take away from the natural beauty of this site. Toilets were good, views amazing. The night sky (when the rain stopped) was terrific. Not many spaces so don't leave it too late to arrive

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Joe Trigg

Ranking: 10/10

This is a spacious, level, gravel campsite right on the edge of the lake. Beautiful views but was rainy when we visited unfortunately. The toilets were clean and close to the camping area. Not a big town but useful for a night stopover, there is some information on various walks but we didn’t have time to do any. Can’t fault it, for a freedom camping option for self contained campers.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Nat Geider

Ranking: 9/10

The place was not all that straightforward to find, but is super calm (though busy with campervans, we were lucky to find a spot arriving at 9pm). Only park in the lot at the far end of the parking! Toilets are fine, water is not drinkable. The view is probably gorgeous but it was very foggy and windy when we were there.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Rob & Colleen Elwood

New Zealand

Ranking: 6/10

A very picturesque place alongside beautiful lake Brunner. While there are extensive grassed areas reserved for picnic parties at Iveagh bay the camping area is a rigidly defined 30 by 40 metre (approx) gravel parking lot with a slight downhill slope. There are flush toilets but no outside taps and numerous warnings that the water is "not fit for human consumption ". Judging by the mess after ANZAC weekend the few rubbish bins are not emptied frequently. This is a very popular freedom camping spot.complete with toilet paper in the bush about 150 metres away from the toilet block.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Bruce Graham

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful camp spot, quiet with superb views.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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deborah cooper


Ranking: 5/10

Very windy when we arrived. Was really looking forward to this spot but on arrival found the free camping was in the car park. No privacy, so we decided to move on to Nelson Creek Camp Ground. See separate review.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Nick Lawson

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful spot. Clean toilets, only a few spaces so get there early.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Anja Röhrich


Ranking: 10/10

10***** from us. We (mum, dad, 4 year old boy) have stayed here for 1 night because of the good reviews. It has been just great. With another camper we have been all by ourselves. Nice beach for our son. Toilet clean. Nothing else there just pure nature. Nice sunset. Beautiful. We Loved it.

Reviewed over 4 years ago