Owhiro Bay, Wellington

Owhiro Bay, Wellington

Overnight Campervan Parking



44 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

79 Freedom Camping

13 Wellington



Waterfront Camping. Nice!


Beachfront Freedom Camping away from the city

The car park has limited room for self-contained and no space for non self-contained campervans. It is not suitable for tents. This area is next to Taputeranga Marine Reserve, so please respect our marine environment. Fishing, gathering and harvesting is prohibited.


- stick to the formed car park areas
- be respectful of the environment
- respect other visitors to the area and reserve users.
- watch for extreme weather and high wind. The weather can change quickly and the area is often windy, so make sure you secure your rubbish and belongings so they don't get blown around.


Feature Value Info


North IslandWellington RegionWellington


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


Showing 13 reviews of 44.

Georgia's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Such a great spot if you are getting or arriving from an early ferry! About 12 free spots available, toilets are clean and have hot water. Can be windy at this spot but bearable. Beautiful sunset!

Reviewed 4 months ago

Christoph's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

We were there after night arrival of our ferry. In order to find a parking place only for half night. On arrival there we saw there already parking camper vans and we parked beside them on a parking place. In the morning a friendly man wakes u sup and advised us to leave cause only car parking allowed on our ground. We hadn't seen it. Finally it's a good spot but think Wellington could give more camper vans sites there cause in the night I think no cars parking there so much.
Pls check connected pictures in this app.. think the map does not fit to the latitude. . Thx

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Boa's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Quite place with Great view, just in front of the beach, very windy at night. Public toilet with hot water which is perfect for us, definitely a free camper side for campervan (5 of us, large campervan).

Reviewed 11 months ago

Ozi's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Paeceful place, 2 toilets available 24h and clean !
You can sleep with the sound of waves.
From here you can see ferries cross to south island and beautiful mountains in background.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Peter's avatar



Ranking: 7/10

Great location but really small spots so we moved on.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Kiandra's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great view of the ocean. The waves were crashing up against the rocks making it nice to fall asleep to. The washrooms were very nice. Water tap was located just outside of the washrooms.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Eversons's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Only about 10 pitches and parked so close together we couldn’t open all doors. Toilets open 24hours. Stony beach not easy to walk on. Take coast road to town... picturesque drive. Very very windy night... thought we’d lose our roof covers!

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in February 2018

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The Farrs

Ranking: 9/10

Great free spot with wonderful views!! Yes, it’s a parking lot area but right on the water, with great landscape, flushing toilets, potable water and walking tracks right on site. Be sure to get there early-ish though as spots are limited.
We stayed the night before taking the ferry and it was easy access in the morning.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Isabel van Megen


Ranking: 8/10

It is a stunning spot with a great view of the south island. It seems to be very popular and can be difficult to park at. It was basically full when we got there at 4 pm. Apart from that it is great and even has accessibility to drinking water and two public toilets.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Luis Vigil Vidal

Ranking: 10/10

Great place!! Amazing views and amazing location!! Only for selfcontained though there is 24hours open public toilet (clean and modern). Perfect place to stay for free if visiting Wellington. Take a walk on the beach and do the road on the coast to
come back to the city. Arrive early tomsecure your spot. It was full by 20:00

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Gemma Donovan

Ranking: 9/10

This site was fantastic! We arrived at 5pm and there were only 3 spots left so you must arrive early! The walks are great, especially the one through the valleys that follows the stream - not for the faint hearted!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Maggie Konstanski's avatar

Maggie Konstanski

Ranking: 9/10

A beautiful location right on the bay. There are great facilities, including drinking water and flush toilets. There is a great path you can walk along the bay for a long time. There are limited free camping spots, so get there early to claim your spot. Also double check the sign to make sure you are parked in the free camp spots. It is just a parking lot with a a few spots reserved for freedom camping.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Stefan Hohmann

Ranking: 8/10

Phenomenal view - when the weather is pleasant! No hiding in case of strong winds. Toilets and even a-plugs available during daylight. Time to ferry max. 30min on workdays, we needed only 15min on Sunday 7am.
Noisy on weekends because of 4wd-fans playing on the gravel beachroad until 10pm.
But worth a visit!

Reviewed over 1 year ago