Colac Bay Freedom Camping site is right at the bottom of the South Island, about 45 minutes or so from Invercargill.
It’s one of the best freedom camping sites offered by the Southland District Council.
Colac Bay has a beautiful beach, with occasional surf too. There’s a friendly atmosphere here, and it’s a relaxed pace. Plus, you can also go snorkelling for Paua at low tide!
This place is definitely worth a stop if you’re travelling in this area in a self-contained campervan.
Colac Bay Freedom Camping Site Rules
At the time of writing, you can stay here for a maximum of two nights in a self-contained campervan. The rules can change from season to season. So, as always, it pays to check the CamperMate app for the latest information.
As for staying at Colac Bay the winter, in my opinion, it’s not as compelling. The winter is super tough in this region. Strong, cold southerlies will cut right through Colac Bay, especially the camping site. It’s quite exposed, so the camping area will feel the force.
It’s not as though these southerlies only occur in winter, it’s just that they come with extra bite!
Finding Colac Bay Freedom Camping Site
Colac Bay is easy to find. Head towards the icon on your CamperMate app. When you see the surfer statue, head toward the signposted Colac Bay Beach.
When you get to the intersection turn right and along Colac Foreshore Rd (follow the campervan signs) and head along the gravel road, past the boat ramp which is on your left.
Just after the boat ramp, you’ll see the toilets. The toilets here are pretty basic. While they do flush, they are without water, so take some hand sanitizer.
You can park up and camp anywhere along the mown area in the photo below
Colac Bay is truly a lovely location to camp. While it might be more suitable for outdoor activities in the summer, it’s still beautiful in the winter. So, put this on your list of places to visit!