Lake Aniwhenua

Lake Aniwhenua

Overnight Campervan Parking


10 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

1 Galatea


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This is a freedom camping area on the Lake Aniwhenua Reserve. Basic toilet and shower facilities and a cooking shelter are provided. The lake is a popular trout fishery and water ski area. When the lake behind the hydro dam was first filled it was famous for huge rainbow trout. Those days have passed but trout are still plentiful. There are some nice sized rainbow trout present and the chance for larger cruising brown trout for the careful fisherman.


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Whakatane District Council

Local government organisation


North IslandBay of PlentyGalatea


  • Basic Camping
  • Free


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Rachel Leghorn's avatar

Rachel Leghorn

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Pretty decent for a free spot. Toilets with soap and toilet paper, warm showers and plenty of rubbish bins. Not alot to do in the area, but ideal for a paddle, jet ski or a boat, nice walk to the waterfall nearby.

Reviewed 2 months ago

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P, H & H

Ranking: 9/10

One of the best free sites around. So much so we donated to the local group who have built a spectacular playground for the kids here. Very well maintained and looked after. Some groups can be noisy but we picked a great spot next to lake

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Jenna's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Very beautiful place. Lovely sunset and sunrise. We parked just by the lake. Plenty of room. When we went the toilets were under maintenance or something so they just had port-a-loos available. There is a playground for kids. Will definitely be coming back here again.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Trish's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

Absolutely beautiful spot, toilets well maintained twice daily, rubbish removal regularly, great shower. Plenty of space, well equipped playground for children, dog friendly..lots of dogs all kept under control and area free of poo.
Place was busy... had 2 peaceful nights...the low rating is because our stay was tainted by a couple of large groups of youth and adult campers who for two days and nights sped around reserve, driving dangerously close to campers,tents and caravans revving their vehicles , drinking to excess and making a racket till the early hours of the morning...a visit from police on New Year’s Eve slowed them down for a couple of hours...after very little sleep decided to move on.
Spoke to other campers who also decided to leave, quite a few had stayed before and had not experienced this previously. A real shame that a few louts can ruin what would otherwise have been a great holiday.
This may only be a Xmas occurrence.. will try again later in the season.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Maë's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Free camp, hot showers, toilet public beautiful lake, table pick nick. Best free camp for the moment

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Yotakahron's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Lots of space to park, we didn’t know where to go! We parked by the water, which was nice. The bathrooms are nice but don’t have a light so make sure you bring one. We chose to brave the cold shower rather than wait for another place that might have a shower. There was water but you need to boil it.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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carolyn london

Ranking: 10/10

This would have to be the best camp we have ever come across. It is clean and tidy. Has toilets, solar shower and more.
We have a bus but so many campers there in motorhomes, Tents, pop tops etc.
It is good to see a camp that caters for all campers and no little blue sticker needed either.
There is a donation box and everyone needs to donate to it just to keep this camp going.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Tina Fagerberg

Ranking: 10/10

Nice people working on the site explaining everything. Freedom camping so you can set up your tent or vehicle anywhere. Free shower and a cooking shelter that was nice for us cause it was raining. Water was drinkable if you boiled it first. Thumbs up!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Alina Heikel

Ranking: 10/10

- Free for all kind of camping (NSC as well!)
- Shower and toilets (which were cleaned when we arrived so they were pretty good)
- Lots of boats and children (for those who don’t like a little bit of a noise it’s maybe not the perfect place to be)
- Drinking water has to be boiled (but it’s available)
- Playground for kids
- Tables for a picnic (be aware of the hungry little birds ;))
- A little bit hard to find if you arrive in the darkness like we did
Enjoy this beautiful place!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Katherine Halliday


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful campsite. Great setting near a lake, quiet, hot shower and best of all it was free!

Reviewed over 7 years ago