Dotterel Point Overnight Campervan...

Dotterel Point Overnight Campervan Parking




18 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

61 Freedom Camping

2 Te Puke




Freedom camping for self-contained campers at Dotterel Point in Puekehina

Freedom camping beachside at Pukehina Beach... Self-contained and certified campervans and motorhomes can stay here for up to three nights, at Dotterel Point Reserve at the end of Pukehina Parade.

Swimming in the surf by day, fish and chips at the beach by night, life is good!

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.

This choice spot is shared with you by locals and the Western Bay of Plenty Council. Show the love back - keep your site clean, obey all signage, and get into holiday mode and give the locals a wave when you see them.


Feature Value Info


North IslandBay of PlentyTe Puke


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


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Tim Bartlett's avatar

Tim Bartlett

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great location. Apart from the sound of sea music, very quite at night. Cold water tap and 24hr WC. 9 Marked bays. Long sandy beach.

Reviewed 5 months ago

Meg's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Really nice spot right on the coast. Public toilet and outside cold water shower. Great spot for fishing. No dump station or water supply. 4 other Campervans here in car park. Came at about 6pm.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Glenn's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Lovely spot with sea and lagoon on each side of us.
+ toilets open 24/7.
- parking space very cramped in summer only 8 spots.
This is worth a look and a stay.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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David Longshaw

Ranking: 10/10

Brilliant spot.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Paul Vinken


Ranking: 10/10

A real top spot, nicely located on a parking between the beach and a lagoon at the opposite side. Room for 9 campervans, self contained. Clean toilets nearby. Nice beach for a long walk or a swim in the surf.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Jan Hiltermann


Ranking: 9/10

Extremely beautiful spot. We were lucky enough to be alone. A bit much asphalt but the views are truly fantastic. Furthermore there is a toilet, 1 cold shower and picnic tables. What's more to want on a free spot.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Jo Dawson's avatar

Jo Dawson

Ranking: 10/10

This is sooo close to being my top camping spot in NZ! Level car parking spots, easy to find and clearly marked. Clean toilets right there and steps from the beach. Beautiful views, quiet spot, friendly locals on the beach walk the next day. Thank you for having this free spot.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Erich Brueggermann's avatar

Erich Brueggermann

Ranking: 9/10

Absolutely beautiful spot on the beach, next to lifeguard base. Great long beach, sadly too fresh to swim. We were 2 campers, stayed in December! Toilet & cold shower outside. One of our favourites!!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Murray Sutherland

Ranking: 8/10

Stayed for one night, a long way through town to get to this windy point. But a great spot to stay. Only maybe 8-10 spaces but there were just 4 of us in mid December. Self contained only and some people came to check but I think there are some toilets too. Right on the beach with a few friendly locals around. Isolated - in a good way.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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mathieu boustie


Ranking: 8/10

Simple car park with flush toilets.
Right on the beach.
Much better than staying in normal campsite stuck like sardines.
We were lucky and saw 2 orcas just off the shore during our breakfast.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Sina Leidig's avatar

Sina Leidig


Ranking: 10/10

Great parking space just next to the sea and beach. It is a simple place with space for several campervans, but only self-contained ones, although there are toilet facilities. Quiet and one of our favourite spots!!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Malcolm & Susan

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

One of our highlights. Self-contained freedom camping in small car park with sandy beach on one side and lagoon/estuary on the other, and picnic tables. Well worth the easy drive from main road although at first looks alarmingly residential – but residents did smile! Toilets open all night and check-up patrol at least once on our overnight stay. Very good fish and chips 1.8 k back down the road, with bar and small store.
[2 senior Scots, 4 week trip, mainly overnight stops, self-contained, Autumn]

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Ian Garner


Ranking: 10/10

Site surrounded on 3 sides by sea. Stunning views all around. Toilets close by. Excellent free site.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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