Kawatiri Beach Reserve – Westport...

Kawatiri Beach Reserve – Westport


60 Rankers Reviews

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14 Westport

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Welcome to the Kawatiri Beach Reserve

The Kawatiri Beach Reserve is the result of thousands of hours of volunteer labour from Westport residents.
We want you to enjoy this place as much as we do, so rather than leave no trace, please leave it better for the
us and the visitors that will follow in your footsteps.

Throughout the beautiful Buller / Kawatiri District freedom camping areas like this one are provided to assist in
the preservation of our stunning coast and inland forest areas. Please use these sites and their facilities to
protect the environment for those who live here, our visitors, and future generations to come.

You can do your part to help keep this place beautiful by:
 Keeping your stay to a maximum of 2 nights
 Using the toilet and rubbish bins provided. If the bins are full, please take your rubbish to another bin
elsewhere to prevent the local birdlife from spreading your rubbish far and wide
 Only staying overnight in the designated area, as shown on the map
 Respecting those you share the site with. Please keep noise to a minimum, and your gear well
 Keeping access ways clear for other users
 Calling 111 in the event of a fire. Please ensure any bonfire sites are clear of rubbish before you leave
 Rubbish bins for disposal are available in Punakaiki, Westport, Hector, Karamea and Reefton.
 Dump stations are available on The Esplanade in Westport, The Strand in Reefton and at the Cobden
Bridge in Greymouth.

For more information about freedom camping in the Buller District please head to
http://bullerdc.govt.nz/freedom-camping-in-buller. Enjoy your stay and thank you for respecting our


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Beth's avatar


Ranking: 3/10

Toilets available, stinky but clean. Close to beach but sheltered from the wind, which was nice. There was a lot of noise throughout the night from locals doing skids and doughnuts. One of them kicked our van in the night. The police had to be called when they started trashing an abandoned car.

Reviewed 4 months ago

Helen's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

This was great for one night. The toilet was ok it just seems like the people that are using it don't have anything to clean with after. But apart from that it is a great place to stay and we were grateful for it. The road in is a bit pot holey so drive slowly. Being greeted by the 7 wekas and a couple of roosters in the morning was quite lovely.

Reviewed 5 months ago

Daniel's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

Nice spot at the beach. Quite busy with both campers as well as locals visiting the beach, but it turned quiet after around 10pm.

We didn't use the public toilet because the smell was simply unbearable. Seriously, it was already super strong before even opening the door, and enough to make us gag when we opened the door. Worst smelling long-drop toilet we've ever encountered, (and we've encountered many). Thankfully we had our own chemical toilet to fall back on.

There was also a rooster who was *very* determined to get into our van. We had to shoo it out twice, and then had to keep the doors closed. That's how determined it was. It was funny at first, but then became a little annoying.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Kirsty Brewin

Ranking: 10/10

No complaints from me! Close to town, next to beach. There's a toilet and shaded area. No drinking water so bring your own. Stayed 2 nights and would've stayed longer.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Pablo Boris

Ranking: 7/10

For me, a nice place to stay one night. Hard to cook outside in January, nice view, sand flying all over, nice toilets and something small to wash your hands/face. Rubbish bins and a small open shelter to seat. 5 min drive from town. Sandflies level: 4/10.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Tar Treking

Ranking: 10/10

Great beach
Cycle tracks everywhere.
Well kept toilets

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Cape Crusaders

Ranking: 9/10

Great spot next to the beach ..snapped some fantastic sunset photos! Plenty of marked parking spots. 2 clean toilets and small covered seating area. FYI Lots of traffic too and from the beach, people walking dogs and visiting the easily accessed beach into the night and first thing in the morn, be watchful if you have littlies crossing over to use the loos. Overall great experience here
-Cape Reinga to Bluff

Reviewed over 1 year ago



Ranking: 7/10

nice place on gravel for about 25-30 cars.
even some places for big RV's if you come on time.
there is alot of wind, so outside cooking was less fun but okay.
right next to the beach.
toilets 7/10. they were clean for being drop toilets.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Michael's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great free camping, complete with free bathrooms. There are a couple of big lots with numbered spaces, I’m not sure how many but it had to be about 40. I got there mid-afternoon and didn’t have trouble getting a spot. By later in the evening it seemed to be pretty full. Within 200 yards of the ocean, with a very funky beach covered in driftwood.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Sabine's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Dusty Area like a carpark, but you stay free and near to the beach. Place for 25 Campervans. Toilets are o.k.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Sabine's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Dusty Area like a carpark, but you stay free and near to the beach. Place for 25 Campervans. Toilets are o.k.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Fran's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Awesome place! Clean toilets and right next to the Beach! Would come back again!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Drew's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Good spot, right on the beach. Exposed if windy! Great toilets and if all the spots are taken go around to shingle beach. No one there and it is allowed to freedom camp for self contained only! No toilets at the second spot!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago