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.
35 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 3.
Luis Vigil Vidal
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
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!
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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.
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!
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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.
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.
Really nice spot that gets quite busy. Toilets are probably the nicest we had from a freedom site. Hot water and proper hand dryers are a luxury! The location itself is not too windy considering some of the comments. We were fine but guess it's weather dependent. Really beautiful views and really nice walk along the beach front!
Stayed for one night after reading reviews. Brilliant site for the ferry. We arrived about 6.00pm and it was half full. Within an hour there was no room left...so get there ASAP. As this is part of the Marine Reserve it had an information centre with probably the best public toilets we encountered yet. The hand dryer even worked and it had that amazing glowing purple light thing on your hands.
It's at the very well named Happy Valley Road.
Best campsite ever. Free and beautiful view around. Good and clean facilities, no bugs around. Highly recommended.
Great place on a beautiful bay. In the middle of the city and yet somehow apart. Worthwhile after a late crossing from the South to the North Island.
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Rosanne van Dooren
Car park at the end of the road with nice toilets. Amazing view, definitely the best free place to stay before or after the ferry. Can fill up quick. 4 out of 11 places were occupied in September. Watch were you park. Only at the end are campsites!
This was the pick for me. It was just after big storms in Wellington and the sea was monsterous. The van shook all night with the wind but that just added to the excitement. A very scenic winding road to take you out there. Council security did come and check compliance stickers on vehicles and sent a couple of vans off. A great spot.
Good location, was a bit busy but got there around 8 pm and there was still plenty of spaces. Bathrooms are about 150m from the parking site. Was quiet at night, but busy in morning with a sign for a running club. Would stay again.