Lake Maraetai Camping Reserve

Lake Maraetai Camping Reserve

Mangakino

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31 Rankers Reviews

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2 Tokoroa

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Free camping on the Mangakino Recreation reserve on the shore of Lake Maraetai.

This reserve is located in Mangakino township on the edge of Lake Maraetai at the end of Lake Road. The main camping area is close to the toilet block, and a limited number of power outlets are available here. Self-contained vehicles with their own toilet facilities can camp further around the lake shore. There is no charge for camping here. Campers may stay a maximum of 2 nights, but this is reduced to 1 night between Christmas day and 10 January.

This camping area is close to Lake Maraetai's launching ramp and jetty, and within walking distance of Mangakino village. The Bus Stop Cafe is on-site and can provide excellent coffee and food to campers.

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North IslandWaikatoTokoroa

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  • Basic Camping
  • Free

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Dons

Ranking: 9/10

If you are self contained, continue down Lake Rd. to the lake edge and follow gravel road to the right. About 500 mts along there is a turn to the left which will take you to a wonderful camp area called 'dog island'.
No amenities but flat grass sheltered by trees and right on lakes edge. There are just a few places where you can access the water as the area is surrounded by dense foliage.
A really good spot, we will be back.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Anita

Ranking: 9/10

Flush toilets in good condition. Plenty of parking space. Shower for a fee, cafe nearby if you want coffee in the morning. Would be great place to take kids as there is a "fun island playground" on the lake. Kayaks and bikes for hire too.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Susan Feeney.

Ranking: 8/10

Amazing place , has everything you need had a lovely spot in front of the lake , was a very warm Friday night so was very busy with the young locals and their cars and dogs , but it's there place as well and there was no agro or unpleasantness , wonderful.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Rey

Ranking: 10/10

Simply the best
Water, clean toilets, nice view, near mangakino town with library(wifi+power), 4square, food shops

Reviewed 9 months ago

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AB

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely location. Bird song. Very friendly police officer regular checks. Great food and coffee at the Bus Stop Cafe. Brilliant.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Teghan

Ranking: 9/10

Quite busy and noisy around the main camping area. Toilets are nice and clean. If you have your own toilet facility, drive down the shore a bit to a beautiful, quiet area to camp.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Rocinante

Ranking: 10/10

Our first night in a free camping site and if we find more like this one we will be very very happy. Toilets were immaculate, other campers were great and not withstanding there was an annual event on the following day there was plenty of room between the lake and the golf course.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Richard and Anne Amphlett

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

There is an area next to the Bus Stop Café, where there were several campervans pulled up, close to the public toilets. We chose to move further south to a very large secluded area, bounded on one side by the lake, and the other by the golf course.
We had a huge area all to ourselves, and we were entertained by quite a variety of bird life.
There is a lovely walkway along by the lake which is used by locals to walk their dogs.
This is a really nice free camp -- highly recommended!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Brigid

Ranking: 10/10

I stayed for a couple of nights, a bit further round from where the toilets and showers are, on what a local called 'Dog Island' within the dog walking area as I had 3 dogs with me while en route between Gisborne and New Plymouth. A very beautiful and peaceful part of the country I have not been to before. While it rained heavily on the day that I spent there it was great to be in a spot where the dogs were safe. Also very glad I spoke to the local chap before parking the caravan as he warned me bits could get very boggy in rain.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Kristen

Ranking: 9/10

Can't believe this campsite is free! It isn't a huge space and a lot of larger RVs frequent the area, so i would say to arrive early. We got there around 4pm on a weekend and were able to snag the last lake front spot.
You can swim in the lake or rent kayaks from the small cafe that's onsite. It seems to be an area popular with families.
$2 showers (4 minutes) are available and the flush toilets were clean. There was also a large sink and a seperate small drinking water fountain availble.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Kirsty B

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Stayed here a couple of nights just after boxing day. I got a park overlooking the lake. A nice place to bring the kids and has a cute little cafe onsite. Would stay again.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in December 2018

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QueeenBeee

Ranking: 10/10

If you like sleeping next to a beautiful lake, surely try this one! The place is great, with good toilets, showers for coins and on top of that - free BBQ!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Rob

Ranking: 9/10

This would be one of the nicest spots I've found in the North Island after 2 years travelling in my motorhome.

Reviewed over 2 years ago