Wakatu Carpark

Wakatu Carpark

Overnight Campervan Parking


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This camping site is still open - please refer to the covid19.govt.nz website for the latest government advice.

Certified self-contained vehicles only.

Maximum 20 vehicles.

The area designated for camping is indicated by blue line making in the car park.

This car park is right in the middle of the Nelson CBD and are in the Nelson City Council 24 hour liquor ban area.

Tourists have been issued with $250 fines, and in some cases arrests have been made of those who have breached the ban.

It is a breach of the liquor ban, even if it is a quiet wine with dinner.

Council enforces the vehicle limit under the Bylaw and a $200 infringement fine can be issued for any breaches.


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Nelson City Council

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South IslandNelson RegionNelson


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Smiddy's avatar


Ranking: 3/10

Was ok until parking warden gave us a 40 dollar ticket for being 1/2 an hour over the 8 am time limit no warning just slinked in an put it on our windscreen and ran we asked why but he had this self entitlement attitude and left I can see why no other vans were here there were 50 odd free parks at this time of the morning. I work for a council in the north island and I’d be ashamed of that type of attitude if he worked for us, officer 58.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Gem's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Great freedom camping spot in the middle of Nelson for self contained campers. Well done Nelson council. Right by timezone. Stayed Friday night but was pleasantly suprised by the lack of noise after 11pm.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Fran's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Even though it was just a car park, we really liked it there. Other campervans around you, Walking distance to town, toilets and public showers to pay in walking distance. We spent New Years Eve there.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Elad's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Excellent! Super central and lots of spots. Was only half full when I was there. Nelson you rock!

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Ranking: 8/10

Maximum stay 2 nights Not one. Very central in town.

Reviewed over 3 years ago