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Reserves for Overnight Parking and Facilities

There are 8 reserves within the Hastings District that have been set aside for the overnight stay by Certified Self-Contained vehicles.

Only certified self-contained vehicles displaying the green ‘responsible camper’ sticker are permitted to stay overnight at these sites, and for a maximum 2 night stay.

These reserves are monitored daily by a local security firm, and any unauthorised campers may be issued with trespass notices.

  • Evers-Swindell Reserve, Clive
  • Clifton Road Reserve, Clifton Road Te Awanga
  • Haumoana Domain, Domain Road, Haumoana
  • Pakowhai Country Park, Pakowhai Road, Hastings
  • Maraetotara Falls Reserve, Maraetotara Road, Hawkes Bay
  • Richmond Road Reserve, Richmond Road, Clive
  • Puketapu Domain, Dartmoor Road, Puketapu
  • Dartmoor Bridge Reserve

Evers-Swindell Reserve

This reserve is located on the shores of the Clive River, located between Napier and Hastings. Overnight parking at Evers-Swindell Reserve is only permitted on Hastings District Council land under the trees. No overnight camping is permitted on the Hawke's Bay Regional Council sealed carpark that is located beyond the boat ramp, at the far end of the reserve.

Prohibited area is clearly signposted. Please note that this area is subject to inundation during heavy rainfall or very high tides.

Toilet facilities available.

Directions: From Hastings travel along SH 2 towards Napier, turn off just before the Clive Bridge onto Ferry Road. The reserve entrance is off Clive Terrace, which is the first road on your left off Ferry Road.

Clifton Road Reserve

Located right on the beach front on Clifton Road, between the settlements of Haumoana and Te Awanga, this is the most popular and largest of the reserves provided by the Hastings District Council for overnight camping. Nearby attractions include several wineries, many resident artists and the popular Gannet Beach Adventures tours to the gannet colony located at Cape Kidnappers. Toilets are available at this site.

Toilet facilities available.

Directions: From Clive, take Mill Road and follow the signs to Te Awanga along till you reach East Road. Follow East Road to the coast and then turn right onto Clifton Road. The reserve is located approximately 450 m along Clifton Road.

Haumoana Domain

Haumoana settlement is located on the coast between Napier and Hastings.

Toilets are available on this reserve.

Directions: From Clive, take Mill Road and follow the signs to Haumoana. Follow Haumoana Road for about 1 km, then turn left into Grange Road and take the first right into Domain Road. The reserve is 300 metres along Domain Road on the beach front.

Pakowhai Country Park

This site is located off Pakowhai Road in a picturesque rural setting, approximately 3 km north of Hastings and is a popular destination for day walks and is a designated off-lead dog exercise area.

Note the carpark is owned by Hastings District Council but the reserve itself is owned by Hawkes Bay Regional Council (HBRC) and note overnight camping is prohibited on HBRC land.

There are no facilities available at this site.

Directions: From Hastings follow Pakowhai Road towards Napier for approximately 3 km. The reserve entrance is on your left just past the intersection with Ruahapia Road.

Maraetotara Falls Reserve

This is a small remnant native bush reserve on Maraetotara Road that features short bush walks to an historic hydro-station and the Maraetotara Falls which is a popular swimming spot.

There are no facilities available at this site.

Directions: From Havelock North follow the signs along Te Mata Road to Waimarama. Turn right at the intersection with Te Mata Mangateretere Road and Waimarama Road. Follow Waimarama Road until Maraetotara Road (approximately 9.5 km on your right). The area for designated overnight camping is approximately 2.5 km up Maraetotara Road on your right.

Richmond Road Reserve

This reserve is located on Richmond Road, Clive

There are no facilities available at this site.

Directions: Follow SH 2 to Clive, turn onto School Road (by the Clive Hotel) and follow this road for approximately 1.5 km. Then turn left into Richmond Road.

Puketapu Domain

This reserve is located along the Tutaekuri River, west of Napier, and is a short drive from the Puketapu store, hotel and school on Dartmoor Road, Puketapu. It features a cricket pitch, toilets and BBQ facilities.

Toilet facilities available

Directions: From Taradale, follow Puketapu Road for approximately 7 km until you reach the settlement of Puketapu. Turn left at the Puketapu Hotel, onto Dartmoor Road. The entrance to the reserve is approximately 1 km along this road on your left.
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Dartmoor Bridge Reserve

This reserve is located along the river, in close proximity to several popular wineries in the Dartmoor Valley on Dartmoor Road, Puketapu.

Note there are no facilities available at this site.

Directions: From Taradale, follow Puketapu Road for approximately 7 km until you reach the settlement of Puketapu. Turn left at the Puketapu Hotel, onto Dartmoor Road. The entrance to the reserve is 10 km along this road on your left.
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Reserves Map

Map of Hastings District Council Reserves for overnight Parking.

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