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Free Campsites on the West Coast

The drive along the West Coast was voted one of the top ten drives in the world and it only takes one trip to understand why. Known for the rough landscape with extreme weather patterns, the drive is something that has to be seen to be believed. The freedom camping rules are becoming tighter along the west coast though. They Grey District council (covering Lake Brunner, Hokitika, Greymouth) are a little more relaxed and have four spots available, but as you head south it’s a little stricter. See the map below to find out where you can stay.

The coast line beaches are packed with sea/bird life, amazing rock formations such as the pancake rocks Check out some classic West Coast footage from 1:25 onward in this Campermate Video. If you have come over from freedom camping in the Mackenzie District you’ll be taking remoteness to a whole new level! Often you will meet friendly locals who are a little rough around the edges but don’t despair as it’s all part of the areas charm. If you’re heading South you’ll finish the West Coast drive by leaving Haast and arriving into Wanaka and while it’s often a breath of fresh air arriving into a bustling tourist destination, you’ll be left with the unique West Coast experience that is hard to find these days! You might also like to read about a recent trip down the coast.

Tap the ‘Find a Location’ button on the top left and select either ‘Campgrounds for self-contained vehicles’, or ‘Campground for non self-contained vehicles’ depending on if you have a toilet on board or not. Then look for these icons:


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