Island View Esplanade Reserve

Island View Esplanade Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking


14 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

10 Freedom Camping

4 Waihi

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Free-camping at Island View Esplanade Reserve on Tuna Ave, Waihi Beach

Campervans and motorhomes with self-containment certification can park at Island View Esplanade Reserve.

There is a 3 night maximum stay in any 4 week consecutive period at this site. The 4 consecutive weeks begin from the first overnight stay.

First in, first served.

Standard free-camping etiquette applies, pick up your rubbish and respect the environment around you!


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Western Bay of Plenty District Council

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North IslandBay of PlentyWaihi


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Rain's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Nice place, clean toilets, decent size car park, very close to beach, close to shops and cute cafe up the road. Would recommend 😊

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Very quiet lovely spot. Toilets on site. Would highly recommend and felt very safe here.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

Erika's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice clean toilets right by the parking spot. 30 seconds walk to the beach. Had a good chat with friendly locals and did a bit of surfing in the morning.
Just a car park and make sure you park on the right hand row only.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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jarren Verbeek


Ranking: 9/10

Great campsite right next to the sea. Clean and there's a dairy nearby to get some small stuff. Waihi beach and waihi are around the corner. Good place for some day trips.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Damien Constantin

Ranking: 9/10

Perfect spot, near the beach, with toilet. Quite a good view the morning ;)

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Jo Dawson

Ranking: 9/10

Level car park right next to the beach. We fell asleep to the waves crashing and woke up to a brilliant sunrise. Toilets were clean and this free site was just a few hundred metres from a fish and chip shop and general store. Definitely worth a stopover.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Anja Röhrich


Ranking: 10/10

Perfect spot for 1 or 2 nights. Carpark next to the beach. Don't come too late, it's a crowded place. Depending on the size of the campers the right hand side of the carpark is suitable for 7-9 campers. Toilets are ok not more not less. Water for rinsing off the sand available left from toilet. Beach is wonderful and suitable for kids. Met nice locals while fishing. Less than 100m on the Main Street you will find a fish'n'chip shop and a small grocery store.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Julia Weiss

Ranking: 6/10

Ok for a free night, but toilets smelly and no shower nearby. Directly behind the dunes, 20m to the beach.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Mark Haydon


Ranking: 8/10

Great spot right behind the dunes. Yes, it's a car park, but don't be put off! The toilets are fine and chatting to the other 'local' campers answered a number of questions we had relating to the local 'alcohol restriction'.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Anh Huynh

Ranking: 10/10

Great camping spot just next to the beach. We woke up to a beautiful field filled with Agapanthus. Only the right side of the parking is available for Freedom Camping. The next morning WE just put on our flip flops and walked 20m over the dunes to the beach.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Jeremy Little

Ranking: 10/10

A great car park with a generous amount of designated camping spots (over 5). We were the only camper van here and found it incredibly peaceful. A busy local swimming and fishing hangout, the locals being polite and friendly. The car park is clean, rubbish was collected early in the morning by local council. The beach is at your doorstep and is beautiful. A fish and chip shop and launderette was conveniently within 2 minutes walk. If you needed anything, they had it. Toilets were clean, cold shower however. Self contained vehicles only, like ourselves.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Fiona Taylor

Ranking: 7/10

Toilets, short walk over the reserve to the beach, no-one else there. Nice free spot.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Steffi and Phil


Ranking: 8/10

Auf dem Platz dürfen offiziell nur drei Wohnmobile pro Nacht stehen - eins mehr hat aber offensichtlich auch nicht gestört. Der direkte Zugang zum Strand war sehr praktisch, der Strand zudem schön.
Wenn das Wetter und die Wellen entsprechend sind, kommen gerne Einheimische zum Surfen dorthin.
Toiletten sind ok, mit Ameisen ;-)
Für eine Nacht gut!

Reviewed over 8 years ago