Kawatiri Beach Reserve – Westport...

Kawatiri Beach Reserve – Westport



34 Rankers Reviews

3 Face-to-Face

79 Freedom Camping

8 Westport




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


Feature Value Info


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  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


Showing 13 reviews of 34.

Ti's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

A lot of space to park. There is only one toilet, but it is very clean. There is a picnictable and running water (non-potable). Very close to the beach. We didn’t find a garbagebin although it is on the map.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Martin's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Very busy but plenty of room. Just one smelly drop toilet to be shared between this site and neighbouring NZCA site!! No other facilities but beautiful beach right there :-)

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Ymke Huisman

Ranking: 8/10

Very beautiful spot right on the beach with good toilets. Quit some space but almost full when we where there.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Joe's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice free camp by the beach, we arrived just in time to find a spot. (could use an extra toilet)

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Matt Tebbit

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great toilet and space for 21 vans - awesome beach and great waking up to the sound of waves plus great toilet

Reviewed 2 months ago

Matt's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Not many spaces for vans. Get down early to avoid disappointment. Turned up at about half 8pm and got the last spot. 1 drop toilet. Right next to a beautiful beach

Reviewed 3 months ago

Indy's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

We squeezed into the last spot at about 8pm. Place was quiet except for some firefighters that responded to a call in the parking lot late at night. Bathrooms were in decent condition except they had a strong chemical odor. The colors of the sand, rocks, and sunrise are great

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Jonas R.

Ranking: 10/10

Very limited space but great and free with excellent toilet. Annoying locals drive by honking at night though. Beach 2 minutes walking distance.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Melinda Pyke


Ranking: 10/10

Couldn't be better. Great town, great food and beer, great spot. Loved it.

Reviewed 5 months ago

Jess's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Really nice quiet spot! Was very busy even when we went in low season. Great for larger vehicles.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Michael Stützle's avatar

Michael Stützle


Ranking: 10/10

Awesome free spot to camp with brand new toilets and sitting area. Loads of wanakas so beware of your food :)

Reviewed 10 months ago

ClaireUK's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

There is a new drop toilet next to the camp site. Plenty of room in the allocated area. Can see the sea from your camper. Good location, theres a fish and chip shop nearby.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Anna's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Very nice spot, which is not too busy. Has a new long drop toilet.

Reviewed 11 months ago