Porirua City is a campervan and camping friendly city. We have four reserves that provide free overnight campervan parking (provided the campervan is self-contained) while Camp Elsdon is a friendly, family camping ground set in native bush, overlooking Porirua Harbour and is only 1km from the city centre. If you're a member of the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association you can enjoy its purpose built site in Plimmerton.
There are no free camping spots for tents around Porirua City. Instead we have the purpose-built Camp Elsdon near the centre of town providing you a safe and secure, not to mention beautiful, camping experience. Camp Elsdon has a lodge, dormitories, campground with campervan and tent sites, as well as a laundry, dump station … and even a donkey and miniature ponies. You are welcome to bring your pet to Camp Elsdon – just check with them first.
There are a few ground rules for our campervan sites; motorhomes must:
There are limited spots available for overnight parking for up to three nights. It’s a great spot that allows you to wake up next to the ocean and look out to Mana Island. The maximum stay at the Domain is 3 nights.
You can also park overnight at Bradeys Bay Park around Paremata Road, giving you uninterrupted views of the inlet. The park has space for 3 motorhome vehicles per night, and the maximum stay is 3 nights.
Wake up and watch the sunrise out east at Porirua Harbour, Titahi Bay. Space is limited to three motorhomes a night and stays are restricted to 3 nights.
There is a beautiful spot to park overnight at Motukaraka Point Reserve (Grays Road) on the northern side of the Pāuatahanui Inlet. The Motukaraka Point reserve has space for 3 motorhome vehicles per night, and the maximum stay is 3 nights.