Cape Palliser

Cape Palliser

Ngawi Camping Area

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Niven

Ranking: 8/10

Really nice site right on the beach. Toilets are only portaloos but they’re clean. The road in is a bit dodgy but it’s cool.
The pinicles are defo worth visiting either on the way in or out

Reviewed 5 days ago and experienced in February 2019

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Finlay

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing. Beautiful, by the sea in a wee village. Can stay for 21 days. Clean drop toilet, fish and chip/coffee/ice cream van adjacent. Lots of recycling bin. Dump station across the road (but it asks only to use in emergency due to rural location they need costly truck to empty it). Definitely recommend

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Zae

Ranking: 8/10

Nice spot by the rocky shore, with the odd seal. Great food truck open on weekends. Look out for seals basking on the rocks on the short trip to the lighthouse. Large area to park overnight- further from the food truck if you want to avoid daytrippers picnicking. Clean toilets, recycling and rubbish bins available. Donate to iron maiden for upkeep of area.👍🏽

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Stefan Hohmann

Ranking: 8/10

Fantastic place at the beach. Toilets and recycling bins are available, also a dump-station at the other side of the street and stunning sundowns! No water, no swimming possible, but nevertheless worth staying at least 1 night! 10 minutes to cape Palliser and the seals colony.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Traveler

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely campsite right on the sea! The perfect place to spend a night when visiting Cape Palliser.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Andy and Julia

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

We arrived at the wrong time of year for the weather, but we liked this place anyhow just for the amount of seals in the near. For a real wild seal experience, this cannot be beaten. Take a drive up to the lighthouse and see them all relaxing on the grass and coastline. A lot of space on a grassy and gravel area. Drop toilets were the cleanest we’ve experience and many bins for waste and separate recycling.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Kevin

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic spot right by the ocean. A few bitey bugs but they seemed to go away after dusk. There's was a couple of little food trucks there we had lunch at. Great to wake up to the sound of waves and catch the seals down by the rocks in the morning. No water supply but really well kept drop loos and bins.
3/2/19

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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BER&GENE

Ranking: 9/10

Superbe point avec possibilité de 10 à 15 camping car.
Vidange possible à 200m du point de camping libre et gratuit.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Maë

Ranking: 10/10

Great camp ! Toilet clean and friendly people.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Thomas Mende

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Great free camping site
Visit the seals and enjoy the great sunset

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Brian Warburton

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great spot. Beautiful view of the ocean. Short drive to the seal colony. Quite crowded in low season but it’s because it’s a lovely spot to stop.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Becky

Ranking: 10/10

I loved this spot! Beautiful, with a view to the South Island and gorgeous sunsets. Very quiet although the area was quite busy with freedom campers. Bring your own food, the shop was closed when we stayed - no local fish n chips for us unfortunately!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Phil

Ranking: 8/10

Idyllic spot to stay overnight.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Sarah

Ranking: 9/10

Definitely one of our favourite places we stayed! Lovely scenery, right on the water, watch the sunset over the south island mountains, breathtaking! Five minute drive to seal colony and there is a TON of them, delicious fish and chip food cart, lady gave us free food as we were the last customer of the night, drop toilet clean, very relaxing stay.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Boguslaw MAKIELLO

New Caledonia

Ranking: 9/10

Lot of people are sleeping here, so you will spend some time hearing your neighbors opening and closing their 100 doors (how many doors are there on a car?), but this is not the fault of the place.
Very friendly seabirds trying to steal your food, this is funny.
Clean toilets. No water.
A nice place, not far from the lighthouse and the seal colony.
Thanks for letting people sleeping here for free!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Simon Springett

Ranking: 10/10

Great spot, those farther south near permanent, rather than port-a-loos much better. We had a sea lion on the beach in front of the van. Nice for rock pooling with the kids.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Look Out

Ranking: 9/10

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Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Ronald Daigneault

Ranking: 10/10

Drove from Martinborough later in the evening to watch the setting sun over the straight. Two areas to park and we chose the one on the West side. Only two other campers there and a short walk to the clean and well stocked portaloos. Great for sunsets. A fair walk from the lighthouse but doable. Stop to see the seals en route. Highly recommend this site!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Lukas and Katka

Ranking: 9/10

Very clean toilet. Quite. Between road and sea. Camping allowed. Donation box. Very nice spot to stop and stay overnight. No water. Don't forgot to visit the lighthouse and seal colony.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Lizzy Cobeldick

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Amazing! Clean toilets, easy to find, lots of tables and right on the beach front. We got amazing weather but can imagine it would get very very windy. Not as secluded as we thought it would be but 100% would stay here again. So many seals just down the road and some great walks in the area.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Leonie Scholten

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely amazing (and free!) campsite. Would love to stay here again!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Craig Workman

United States

Ranking: 9/10

The remote location, the furry seals, free camping. I give it a 9 and not a 10 as I dropped my GoPro off the mountain top!

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2016

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Mara Schneider

Ranking: 10/10

We loved the campsite so much last year we're coming back again this year! We stayed three nights and simply couldn't get enough of the beautiful views we woke up to and going to sleep to the sound of the ocean. The locals are really nice and helpful, too. Best camping experience ever.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Saskia Ruttor

Ranking: 10/10

No showers but guys, it is for free!!! You can give a donation, which I did, cause it is just so amazing! You camp right next to the ocean from where you can see a beautiful sunset! There are two toilets, no running water! So bring your own water! It is very close to the seals and also not far away from the pinnacles!

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Marianne Leclerco

France

Ranking: 8/10

On our way to see the seal colony in Cape Palliser, we found a beautiful free campsite at Ngawi, just in front of the sea. Quiet, with toilets. No water, but you can enjoy the view after a long day watching the seals.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in November 2015

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Connie Hopper

Ranking: 7/10

Such a nice spot, very beautiful on a good day. 20 metres from the ocean! There were toilets but they were closed, instead there was port a cabins which were...manageable but not for the faint hearted! Quite a windy spot.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Tatiana Rochereau

Ranking: 8/10

Really cool. Close to the beach. We woke up with a sea lion in front of us. No water supply. A small shop. Tables available.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in January 2015

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Chloe Grand

Ranking: 9/10

Just what you need for a stop-over at the fa end of the North Island. Minimal toilets and not a lot of space, but very convenient to spend more than a day in the area. Drive until you reach the town of Ngawi, the 2 carparks are on the seaside, the rubbish bins and toilets in between. Make sure you bring water with you.
Lighthouse and seals colony are just 10-15 minutes drive further. Many thanks to the community that provides and maintains this great location! Don't forget to drop a coin for support !!!

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Geordie Zimmermanster

Ranking: 10/10

Unbelievable free site! Right on the sea edge, seal colony only ten minutes along the road although there were a couple on the actual beach where this site is too! Putangirua Pinnacles only ten minutes drive away which are well worth the walk up to the lookout as it's famous for Lord of the Rings. Please note, the last place for fuel and food is around 30km away, a place called Pirinoa. It has everything you need there and you drive past it on the way to Cape Palliser, as it's only one main road in. Spectacular scenery all the way, will definitely camp there again because it's so quiet and peaceful. If you want to party, this isn't the place for you. There is a food stall too which sells fish and chips etc.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Antoine Lerin

France

Ranking: 7/10

Free and a nice location.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Reinout Schrijver

Ranking: 8/10

Campsite 'at the end of the world' very nice spot but can be windy. Camp is donation based so if you liked it drop a coin. Clean toilet facilities on the other side of the road and a fish n chips shop on site. Superb sunsets.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Graeme

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

The first photogragh depicting this site is of the DOC camp at the Pinnacles and not at Ngawi itself. The camping site at Ngawi is on the foreshore opposite the firestation and community hall. It is a superb location with clean toilets and nearby is a trailer outlet selling lovely fish & chip, ice creams milk etc. On sunny evening one can see the sun setting behind the South Island's Kaikoura ranges.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Radek Ouhel

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

One of the best spots we have camped so far. Toilets OK, but its free and right next to the Ocean, not even mentioning wild seals in the sorrounding area.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Lois Moreland

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Was the most amazing weather when we visited, a magic place. Two parking areas- one partially fenced that you come to first and then the big open beach/grassed area where the toilets are opposite, so suitable for non self-contained. There is a sign asking for a gold coin donation and I hope people do this for such a wonderful site. Cape Palliser is just 7km further east and well worth the drive. Picnic tables, rubbish bins.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Cherie Marshall

Ranking: 10/10

This is so fantastic spot with great entertainment from the seals. Interesting drive out there too. Would recommend people to include in their journey.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Christopher Buch Madsen

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome spot at the ocean and cool terrain, lots of wild seals. Had toilets and trashbins.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Stephen Revah

France

Ranking: 10/10

Free campsite before Cape Palliser is Ngawi in front of the sea, just perfect.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Zuzana Holubova

Czech Republic

Ranking: 7/10

Nice place next to the ocean, free toilets, rubbish bins, very close to the lighthouse Palliser.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Pavel Macek

Ranking: 8/10

Calm place in the village Ngawi, good location (near Pinnacles, LOTR).

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Lea Darotchetche

France

Ranking: 9/10

We liked the fact that it was totally free and in a very beautiful place, almost on the beach. Public toilets are near which is convenient.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Arnaud Memay

France

Ranking: 6/10

Close to sea and cape, perfect for one night.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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David Restell

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

We stayed at this site for 3 nights.

+ Free,
+ Fantastic views of bay and South Island mountains,
+ Nice area with good space,
+ Just around the corner from seal colony,
+ Picnic benches all over,
+ Hot food truck there,
+ Can stay up to 21 nights,
+ Really quiet during day and night,
+ Toilets clean and open over night.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Mike and Caroline

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Great camp site right by the sea. Not too dark as light from the street lights covers the area. Picnic tables available. Toilet is opposite next to the fire station.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Johann Maier

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Free campground with a great view to the sea. Seal colony between the campground and the cape. Also possible to camp with not totally self contained vans!

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Boule_de_gomme

France

Ranking: 9/10

Nice free space on the grass to park your van. Great view on the sea and the sound of the tide all the time. Wooden lunch tables available. Free and clean toilets on the other side of the road. Friendly local people. Seals colony 5km away on a gravel road. :)

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in September 2011