Careys Bay

Careys Bay

Overnight self-contained Campervan Parking


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Self-contained campervans (compliant with NZS5465:2001) These can stay on public land and DCC carparks for up to two consecutive nights at one site, as long:

There are no more than three campervans within a 50 metre radius
They are legally parked (no parking on grass)

No tents or non self-contained vehicles are permitted at this site


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South IslandCoastal OtagoDunedin


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Kristen's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Great little site, quiet enough given it is by a port. Pub across the road is as lovely as described, although food is just nice, not amazing. Great beers and wines. Campsite is the car park that has the boat ramp (at least, as far as we could work out). Two cautions: 1. The toilets next door are now closed, you need to go to the toilets c. 50 m down the road opposite the boiler park walking track (technically you could probably pull in here for the night, as the city council let's you park in most public car parks so long as you respect locals, don't sprawl everywhere, are clean, and aren't an obnoxious git); 2. Be cautious of parking too close to the water - high tide can see some water spread across the gravel, depending on conditions.

Reviewed 10 months ago

HSnow's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

This was our first spot for freedom camping, fitted our 7m van on with room for another but not much more. Absolutely beautiful view in the morning and quiet overnight. Flush toilet just through in the adjacent private car park but nothing fancy. The Carey Hotel opposite looked lovely and was quiet for a Friday night.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Honey886's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

The place itself was average with the exception of waking up to a beautiful view of the bay. The locals are very friendly but the hotel across the road... WOW! Wonderful service, the food was just amazing I'd definitely recommend for the hotel alone!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Leona's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

I have got to say I loved this spot. We got there early and there were just cars with boat trailers. Later a second camper showed up. It was super peaceful and quiet. Small public toilet in the car park next door. We didn’t go across the street to the historic hotel but it looked nice.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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K&J's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great spot, if a life hard to find. Terrific dining at historic pub close by

Reviewed about 2 years ago

EmStems's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Awesome little spot, beautiful view, including comings and goings of fishing boats. Only room for 2-3 vehicles, but we got our 30 ft in. Great old pub across the road with toilets and great beer and snacks!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Rebecca Rodeghiero

United States

Ranking: 6/10

We pulled up, but decided to continue on.. it was kind of a strange pull in next to a dock area and only had room for 3 cars.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

Matt's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Small car park with a ramp at the end for boats to enter the water. Quiet area in the evening. Couldn't find these toilets that other reviewers have mentioned

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Charlesbrooksphotographer's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Brilliant. Had a lovely dinner at the historic pub and parked right opposite, next to the water with a lovely view.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Juliane's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Nice place near the harbour. Wonderful pub just across the street.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Ranking: 7/10

Great camp area, directly behind the dunes, no facilities, except for a public toilet that urgently needed cleaning.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

Jarod's avatar



Ranking: 9/10

Absolutely gorgeous view overlooking bay, decent flush toilet about 1 min walk toward port area. Somewhat built up area so not at all isolated (please try not to annoy the locals).

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in November 2017

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Jamie Hack

Ranking: 10/10

Park just in the little car park, by the slipway. Loo ok, basic but flush! Pub across the road friendly and helpful. Only one train overnight and the road is pretty quiet. Excellent spot if you want to head in to Dunedin or travel the peninsula, plus you get to wake up looking at the sail boats.

Reviewed about 4 years ago