Te Ahiaua Reserve (Pipi Beds)

Te Ahiaua Reserve (Pipi Beds)


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10 Opotiki

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Water Front Freedom Camping. When you are driving eastward on SH2, Te Ahiaua (The Pipi beds) is the first place you can see the ocean.

It's a wonderful spot near the tidal mouth of the Waiotahe river, and close to the huge white sand sweep of Waiotahe Beach.
You're only 4km from Onekawa Te Mawhai Regional Park, where there is an excellent bush/coastal walk and numerous picnic spots.

Te Ahiaua has a shelter, bench seating and plenty of space for recreation. You must camp in the signed area at the eastern end of the field.

Located 8km west of Opotiki
2km from the Waiotahe Dump Station
No Drinking water
Maximum stay is 3 consecutive nights
Dogs must be under control at all times


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Opotiki District Council

Local government organisation


North IslandTairāwhiti GisborneOpotiki


  • Walking
  • Public Parks
  • Public Toilets
  • Freedom Camping
  • Beaches
  • Free

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Terry's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Excellent stopover more than enough space for 20+ vans

Reviewed 4 months ago

Arvind's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great place to stay. Plenty of parking and friendly ranger though bit of road noise. Thank you. Beautiful moonrise and sunset.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Sandra's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Stayed 3 nights as allowed. Stunning setting a little road noise but not to bad. Great pipis and also oysters at low tide. Sunrises and Sunsets wow.
Toilet block but no shower. Park on tarseal plenty of room. Dump station 2km from park. Local ''I site" called daily and also a local man bringing kiwifruit for campers. We will return

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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DennisC's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

What a beautiful spot, new parking spaces which are pretty level and no garbage anywhere. The only negative is the road noise, it isn’t that bad and goes away after a few beers.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Linc's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

great location, we arrived after dark and there still some spaces , in the morning you can see the beautiful beach and the great surroundings.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Roy Swan

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely beautiful, just a short walk to clean toilets and fresh pipes and cocktails off the beach

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Jenny Kennedy

Ranking: 9/10

Wow what a beautiful place. Spacious to park caravan. New parking. Toilets, picnic tables.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Owen Fine

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Nice spot, bit of road noise, but goes quiet after 9pm.Grass area gets very boggy. Portaloos on site .

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Ranking: 1/10

We did not stay here. It was too loud and had too many people driving around in the lots. We didn’t feel safe. We chose to splurge and stay at the holiday park down the road.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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David Thompson

Ranking: 6/10

Big space but very unclear where designated area was especially after dark... didn't have a problem though, very noisy from about 4 with heavy trucks and traffic on the highway... didn't use toilets but there are some on site. Need to be self contained anyhow.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Cymen Crick

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

One of the two excellent Freedom Camping offerings near Opotiki. The outlook faces north and is stunning. Watch the locals dig for pipi's at low tide (or even join them :) The only downside is lack of privacy and road noise due to being right next to a busy state highway.

Reviewed over 5 years ago