Caroline Bay


3.6 from 32 users.


Freedom camping permitted in CERTIFIED SELF-CONTAINED VEHICLES ONLY. Limit of 10 vehicles per night. Maximum stay 3 nights (please arrive after 4pm and leave before 10am). Access to the overnight camp ground is off Marine Parade. The camp site is right on the edge of the beach, ideal for an evening's stroll along the boardwalks or the beach itself. From Marine Parade you can watch the Little Penguin (Koror) coming ashore at dusk. The Little Penguin is the smallest species of penguin, at full stretch (35-43 cms) they're not much taller than a rugby ball standing on end. It's only a short walk into town and to the Bay Hill. Simply head for the 'big steps' or lift which will take you up to The Piazza, The Bay Hill and Stafford Street where we have a plethora of bars and restaurants. The Port of Timaru is a busy place at night, light sleepers may want some earplugs. Please camp responsibly: Always use a toilet Please dont litter Please dispose of toilet waste sensibly Respect your fellow campers Be prepared - Weather in New Zealand can change unexpectedly so make sure you check the forecast for any warnings and always carry appropriate provisions

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Lat: -44.390296 Lng: 171.253074

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Pretty much the only FC in town now that the council have closed off Patiti Point. Seems so typical of small town NZ to ghettoize Vanpacker freedom camping in this overcrowded space. They want their hard working cheap labour to staff the cafes and restaurants and do the agricultural work but offer little in return. All take and no responsibility, pretty disappointing.



Got there around 6 pm. About 40 campervans parked. By nightfall about 50. No one seemed to bother about the limit of 10. Stayed the night without trouble. Pretty windy



Just a car park in the city, toilet block rather clean. Very busy and fills quickly, not really noisy as were expecting given the previous comments. Perfect spot to go see the penguins, we went around 10pm and saw 3 of them but the wait in the cold can be long.


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