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end of West Coast Rd, Awhitu Peninsula, Franklin, Waikato
Phone: 0800 492 452
rvexplorer id: 17637
The Freedom Camping Trial is now finished, and you might not be able to stay at this location
The Council is presently reviewing their Freedom Camping Bylaw which will hopefully be completed in 2019
Entrance to the freedom camping area
Hamiltons Gap gives you access to the West Coast beach near the top of the Awhitu Peninsula. There is a large grass area where self-contained vans can park overnight.
We visited mid-week during the Christmas holiday season, and were surprised to find how many vans were in the freedom camping area, as well as day visitors in the carpark.
It was a nice clear day, but the west coast beach was pretty wild. Some hardly souls were fishing, surf-casting out over the breakers.
There are public toilets available,
The access road to the beach is a good sealed road, and passes through farmland. On the way we were stopped and waited while a farmer was moved his dairy herd across the road.
View of Hamiltons Gap from the parking area