Omaio Reserve freedom camping...

Omaio Reserve freedom camping area


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Freedom camping on the East Cape at Omaio Reserve

Omaio Reserve on the East Cape permits self-contained freedom campers to park up and enjoy the beautiful surrounds.
Facilities are basic, you need to supply your own water.
Please observe good freedom camping etiquette - leave your campsite clean, respect the area and others using it, and obey all signage during your stay.
Cheers to the locals and the Opotiki District Council for the camping love!


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  • Freedom Camping
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Jonathan Briggs

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Fabulous, giant Pohutukawa trees, no facilities, lots of space.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Camp Inspekta

New Zealand

Ranking: 1/10

Entire site is on a slope with 5meter drop onto rocks, no good unless you don't mind not being level. Dogs roaming on road to beach deterred me from passing them to go Surf-casting. After a cuppa coffee we left.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Jayson's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 2/10

Nice location. Wouldnt stay there again though. On recent trip, planned on staying couple of days but was awoken at 1am and again at 2.30am by local idiots in a ute doing skids all over the camp ground, ripping up the grass area, scaring some campers and spooking horses which belonged to a camper. Told local residents of what happened and they just laughed. Not a reccomended place to stop. Carry on to Waikawa Bay camp sites. Isolated, beautiful place to stop and camp manager really nice to deal with.

Reviewed about 9 years ago