Te Ahiaua Reserve (Pipi Beds)

Te Ahiaua Reserve (Pipi Beds)


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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


Feature Value Info


North IslandTairāwhiti GisborneOpotiki


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

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24/7, all year round.


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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 8 months ago

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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 about 1 year ago

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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 about 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 about 3 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 over 3 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 about 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 about 5 years ago