Owhiro Bay, Wellington

Owhiro Bay, Wellington

Overnight Campervan Parking



42 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

65 Freedom Camping

10 Wellington




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 42.

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 5 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 8 months ago

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Peter's avatar



Ranking: 7/10

Great location but really small spots so we moved on.

Reviewed 8 months 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 9 months ago

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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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 11 months 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 12 months ago

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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 about 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 about 1 year ago

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Nadene Wheatley

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Really beautiful freedom camping spot, with relatively clean, 24 hour toilets. Can't beat the views, and quite peaceful, even though it had filled up with campers by 7-8pm.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Nat Geider

Ranking: 9/10

Found the last spot but did arrive at midnight. The place was not windy for us, though quite rainy. Very quaint to hear the waves crashing. It is a nice place that gives you the feeling you’re far from a city yet you are close. The toilets are open all night and are very decent. The only minus point for me was that we were so close to the other campers but that’s probably because we got lucky previous nights.

Reviewed over 1 year ago