Tolaga Bay Freedom Camping

Tolaga Bay Freedom Camping - Blue Waters

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Tolaga Bay Freedom Camping

Blue Waters


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Emma Brownless

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Nice little place with lots of flat spots. Jolly windy in a Northerly, though based on our drive from Gisborne it appears this coastline is all very exposed in a northerly. The beach is lovely for a walk up to the cliffs.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Helen Penman

Ranking: 9/10

Great spot at the northern end of the bay. Sheltered and right by the beach. Great safe swimming. Lots of room and easy access for large motorhomes. Permit required - we purchased at Gisborne iSite $17 for 2 nights or $35 for up to 10 nights for 2 people in any of the designated spots as far up as Te Araroà, includes rubbish bags to use at collection spots. Great system- maybe other councils could follow suit👍✔✅

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Ranking: 9/10

Nice and quiet spot. I've got my permit in one of the supermarkets. It wasn't possible to just pay for one night. The price for two is $16.50 even if you just want to stay one night. I was completely alone there in March.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Go GDC! Permit needed but easy to obtain at various locations. What a stunning beach and slice of paradise on the Cape. Only stayed one night wish it was two! Safe swimming - kids had a ball. Lots of space for our camper. Quiet spot. We will be back!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Stacey Hendriks

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful spot right on the beach. Toilets and non-potable water available! Nice beach with good beginner surf and good fishing at estuary and wharf.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Philippe Chiasson


Ranking: 8/10

Awesome view, very close to the beach (1 minute walk). Nice little town, friendly people. Basic amenities. Great place for surfing (close to the wharf) and interesting history.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Nice spot by the sea - for self contained campers only. Council permit needed in advance that can be picked up from a variety of locations. Very cheap

Reviewed over 8 years ago