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North IslandAuckland RegionMiranda

Rays Rest Reserve in Miranda is located beachside, next to the Taramaire Wildlife Refuge Reserve. The Franklin District Council allows free-camping for self contained motorhomes and campervans, for up to two nights.
You need a self-containment certificate, and to get in early to secure a good spot! Spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
The wetland environment is a stopover for thousands of migratory birds - drive in, park up, sit back and enjoy the surrounds.
Standard free-camping rules apply: take your rubbish with you, dispose of greywater only in designated dumpstations, and please obey all signage around this environmental gem. Love it!

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Miranda Address:
562 East Coast Road

29 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 3.

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ascotandanaussie

Ranking: 8/10

Great campsite close to Auckland. It is a big area so even when we arrived at 7pm there was still a few spots by the edge of the beach with an uninterrupted view. Only downside is the lack of toilet but worth it for the view!

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Eversons

Ranking: 10/10

Made the last night in our van really special. Park right alongside the water. Great for bird watching. No facilities and no camping but that didn’t stop 2 tent fulls of teenagers!! Sunset pretty special here! Just down the road from the Miranda Bird place.

Reviewed 4 months ago and experienced in February 2018

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Sinkbli

France

Ranking: 8/10

Great place. We stopped for our first night after picking up our rental campervan in Auckland. The views are beautiful, and there is a lot of space. There were probably 10 vans there with us, but it was easy to find a space and didn’t feel crowded at all.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Jim Harding

Ranking: 9/10

Perfect spot for self-contained campers and well located for access to the shore bird reserve. Best time to see the bird life is within 2 hours of high tide.
No facilities whatsoever, but that is part of the charm. Just be careful of a few soft sand areas.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Debbie Harding

Ranking: 8/10

Great spot but beware of soft surface. We saw people get stuck. Only downside was barking dogs. Not sure where they were but they woke me up several times during the night.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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orit almog

Israel

Ranking: 9/10

Great spot to stop on the way to Aucland. amazing view, just near the water, peaceful location. no toilet. lots of space for everyone.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Jan Hiltermann

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Although this site was quite busy (weekend in mid-November), the view was breathtaking though. Great for a first night in a self-contained vehicle. No facilities on site.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Vander Plancke Julien

France

Ranking: 7/10

Great spot were we stopped on our way to Auckland. The view is amazing mostly in the morning. Just missing a toilet.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Anna Brzezińska Talaga

Poland

Ranking: 10/10

Nice spot. Easy to find and you can park right near the seaside. There were lots of campers but we still got a spot.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in March 2017

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Gena Bond

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent place right on the beach. Crashing waves, beautiful scenery. Lots of spaces and we parked 50m from anyone and there was about 15 campers there. No facilities so needs to be self contained.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Jason Stalgis

Ranking: 9/10

We really liked this spot. There was a line of about 30 to 40 campers all along the top of the beach! Great spot to have a few beers and watch the sunset. We fished on the beach but didn't catch anything. Locals came down and put a net in. They were really nice people and gave us a few fishing tips. They do get flounder and snapper here. Nothing there except room to get off the road. I don't think I heard a car go past all night but I had put a few beers away.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Tony Waters

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Gorgeous spot.
It was stormy and we were probably a bit keen parking as close to the waves as we did but a great safe spot.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Leigh Dodds

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Great place for our first stop from Auckland. Easy to find, reasonably quiet (little bit of traffic noise, but ok). Beautiful spot, lovely walk along the beach. Lots of space, there were lots of campers here but we still got a spot. Get here early if you want one further away from the road. Our first taste of free camping, and our first night in a motor home. Recommended. We even felt the big 7.1 earthquake around Hawke's Bay the night we stayed here.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

29 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 3.

ascotandanaussie's avatar

ascotandanaussie

Ranking: 8/10

Great campsite close to Auckland. It is a big area so even when we arrived at 7pm there was still a few spots by the edge of the beach with an uninterrupted view. Only downside is the lack of toilet but worth it for the view!

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Eversons

Ranking: 10/10

Made the last night in our van really special. Park right alongside the water. Great for bird watching. No facilities and no camping but that didn’t stop 2 tent fulls of teenagers!! Sunset pretty special here! Just down the road from the Miranda Bird place.

Reviewed 4 months ago and experienced in February 2018

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Sinkbli's avatar

Sinkbli

France

Ranking: 8/10

Great place. We stopped for our first night after picking up our rental campervan in Auckland. The views are beautiful, and there is a lot of space. There were probably 10 vans there with us, but it was easy to find a space and didn’t feel crowded at all.

Reviewed 5 months ago

Jim Harding's avatar

Jim Harding

Ranking: 9/10

Perfect spot for self-contained campers and well located for access to the shore bird reserve. Best time to see the bird life is within 2 hours of high tide.
No facilities whatsoever, but that is part of the charm. Just be careful of a few soft sand areas.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Debbie Harding

Ranking: 8/10

Great spot but beware of soft surface. We saw people get stuck. Only downside was barking dogs. Not sure where they were but they woke me up several times during the night.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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orit almog

Israel

Ranking: 9/10

Great spot to stop on the way to Aucland. amazing view, just near the water, peaceful location. no toilet. lots of space for everyone.

Reviewed 5 months ago

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Jan Hiltermann's avatar

Jan Hiltermann

Netherlands

Ranking: 7/10

Although this site was quite busy (weekend in mid-November), the view was breathtaking though. Great for a first night in a self-contained vehicle. No facilities on site.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Vander Plancke Julien

France

Ranking: 7/10

Great spot were we stopped on our way to Auckland. The view is amazing mostly in the morning. Just missing a toilet.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Anna Brzezińska Talaga's avatar

Anna Brzezińska Talaga

Poland

Ranking: 10/10

Nice spot. Easy to find and you can park right near the seaside. There were lots of campers but we still got a spot.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in March 2017

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Gena Bond

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent place right on the beach. Crashing waves, beautiful scenery. Lots of spaces and we parked 50m from anyone and there was about 15 campers there. No facilities so needs to be self contained.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Jason Stalgis's avatar

Jason Stalgis

Ranking: 9/10

We really liked this spot. There was a line of about 30 to 40 campers all along the top of the beach! Great spot to have a few beers and watch the sunset. We fished on the beach but didn't catch anything. Locals came down and put a net in. They were really nice people and gave us a few fishing tips. They do get flounder and snapper here. Nothing there except room to get off the road. I don't think I heard a car go past all night but I had put a few beers away.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Tony Waters

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Gorgeous spot.
It was stormy and we were probably a bit keen parking as close to the waves as we did but a great safe spot.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Leigh Dodds

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Great place for our first stop from Auckland. Easy to find, reasonably quiet (little bit of traffic noise, but ok). Beautiful spot, lovely walk along the beach. Lots of space, there were lots of campers here but we still got a spot. Get here early if you want one further away from the road. Our first taste of free camping, and our first night in a motor home. Recommended. We even felt the big 7.1 earthquake around Hawke's Bay the night we stayed here.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago