Foreshore Reserve Carpark

Foreshore Reserve Carpark

Napier, Overnight Campervan Parking


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Parked in the 8 designated and marked parks.

· Maximum stay is two consecutive nights
· No tents
· No fires
· No alcohol
· Non self-contained vehicles permitted

If there are no spaces available you must find alternative accommodation.

This is the only freedom camping location for non-self contained campers in Napier and Hastings. There are no alternative sites for non-self contained campers. This site operates on a first come first served basis. If there are no spaces available, you must find alternative accommodation.

Dispose of your waste responsibly and ensure you use the toilet facilities.

Please respect this site, freedom camping is a privilege. It is your responsibility to ensure you are freedom camping legally.

The area is actively monitored and infringement notices of $200 will be issued for any breaches of the Freedom Camping Act 2011 or the Napier City Freedom Camping Bylaw.


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North IslandHawkes BayNapier


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


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Jess's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

8 clearly marked spaces right next to the toilets and the beach. If you manage to get the beachside spots then you can have a lovely view. There is also a drinking water fountain close by. The spaces get filled up quickly, I was there from around 1400 and by 1600 all the spaces were taken, so I’d recommend you get there early. There were quite a few self contained vehicles in these spaces, it would’ve been nice had they gone elsewhere and allowed those non-self contained to stay here given that there is limited places for them. There is plenty of space for other vehicles to park up for the night, just not within the allocated spots. When I stayed there the place was full, I’m assuming if you are self contained then they allow you to stay there even if parked outside of the marked spots as this is a heavily monitored place and as far as I’m aware no one was asked to move. Toilets were clean and spacious.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Duncan Hill

Ranking: 8/10

Watch out as local thieves are casing this park! Last night while we slept in our caravan some brazen dude cut the bike security chain and stole my sons brand new Kona mountain bike. And I was talking to a local council worker who said that 2 surfboards were taken last week. Otherwise a cool place full of travelers even in the middle of winter. Beware the wardens-they are checking you out if you are pushing the rules, and they dont take any shit!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Jonas R.

Ranking: 8/10

Several spots for either self contained or even not self contained at the coast. Can't see the pdifference regarding facilities so makes no sense where non self contained can park and where they can't. Get there early as spots are limited even though there is lots of space. Frustrating! Facilities were good.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

C J B's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Limited to 8 parks. Free, with 24hr toilet.
Get here early, fills up even in cold months. And be VERY aware, the parks are the 8 outlined parallel sites near blue loo. Four each side. Monitored daily, avoid the fines. Bins supplied for campers

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Antony Sharp

Ranking: 3/10

Unclear marking of where freedom is legal. We along with many others got a $200 fine for not being in the marked areas. The officer was there in the evening but didn't warn anyone of the infringement. We woke up to a fine in our window. Great place to be if you can get a park, but very busy.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Jye Hurrell

Ranking: 3/10

We arrived here, and while the view was amazing, some locals arrived at roughly 8pm, and didn't turn their music down until roughly 12/1am.
Furthermore, apparently the night before they had changed the carpark to only 8 freedom camping spaces, and although we were parked within the lines, a knock at the window at 3am telling us to leave, or it was a $200 fine with no prior warning was uncalled for, it would be nice if there was more clear signage indicating where to park.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Jonas Heidger

Ranking: 10/10

Pretty amazing!!

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Mercury Kamsteeg

Ranking: 9/10

For a free camping spot there's no complaints from us! We were a bit skeptical to stay based on previous comments but in the end we stayed there because the other freedom option didn't have a toilet.
Great spot right on the ocean! Very clean toilets too! There was one old vagrant in his car all night and left early in the morning, he did have a chat to some other campers but we avoided him and he was no trouble. I would recommend and stay again!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Connie mcarthur

New Zealand

Ranking: 5/10

Locals hanging about the toilets - however OK site with walks and clean toilets.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Maartje Mulders

Ranking: 3/10

Spot was overrun by drunk locals in really shabby cars. Did NOT feel safe at all. Would be a good spot without them. Parking lot right next to this one is for self-contained vehicles, that one seemed a whole lot safer. Ended up going somewhere else last minute due to non-self contained vehicle and unsafe feeling. Bummer!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Corinna Fischer

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing freedom campsite. Has flushing toilets that are really clean, a sink and drinking water. Quiet and next to the beach. Best freedom campsite we have visited so far!!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Chantelle Hiley


Ranking: 9/10

Top spot perfect for sunrise. We stayed in our Jucy Cabana and a lot of other people camped similarly. Clean toilets open all night.

Reviewed over 5 years ago