Danby Field

Danby Field

Overnight Freedom Parking



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185 Freedom Camping

22 Thames




Maxiumum 2 nights. Self Contained Campers Only.

You can Freedom Camp in Thames, Coromandel Peninsula within one of two car parks next to Danby Field, off State Highway 25.

Site must be vacated by 9am.

Location - Middle car parks, west side closest to Danby Field.
Size - 50m starting from opposite south boundary of 306 Queen Street to north boundary of 312 Queen Street.

Thanks to the Thames - Coromandel District Council for providing this facility.


Feature Value Info


North IslandCoromandelThames


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


Showing 13 reviews of 14.

Nic's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Right in the middle of Thames, so your within walking distance of several restaurants (KFC/Maccas), a PaknSave, and a Warehouse.
They have 24 hour toilets which are new and well kept.
There's also a spot to fill up clean drinking water beside the toilets.
There's also a boardwalk close by that goes along the coast and a playground by the bathrooms.
It is running parallel to the main street of Thames, but since it is a small town it's not all that loud at night.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Bella's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Good Spot for a night. There ist a big Road which is a little loud, gut it was OK.
Nearby ist a Supermarket, Shopping street with Restaurants, a nice playground and toilettes. And its die free.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Geoff Walker

Ranking: 8/10

Good spot with a really good kids playground nearby and good toilets.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Pim Brackenie


Ranking: 7/10

We stayed here for the night to walk the pinnacles trail the next day. It is just a parking lot, but it is fine if you stay just one night. Playground for kids, clean toilets (no shower) and supermarket nearby. A piece of grass next to the parking area to sit outside. For a free spot, it was allright.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Graeme & Cheryl

Ranking: 7/10

Great stop over park, close to shopping centre and awesome Indian restaurant in Main Street. Amazingly quiet night for such a busy main road.

Reviewed 9 months ago

NicAd's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Good spot in town (close to restaurants, Pack'n Save...) BUT come early! Some huge bus and campervans like to take 2 places just for us. They absolutely don't care about the rules and worst, the others! So...

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Chantelle Hiley


Ranking: 7/10

Beware, if you do not have a self contained vehicle then you will get a $200 fine. Short walk into town and there is a nearby 24 hour toilet near the kids playground.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Goldfinger's avatar



Ranking: 8/10

Free overnight parking between signs facing Danby Field on western side. Clean but very busy toilets about 100 metres up the road near the children's playground. Take rubbish with you and keep this place tidy and clean. Reasonably close to a big shopping centre (about 400 metres). Surprisingly quite considering closeness to main road. Thanks to the local Thames Coromandel Council for providing us tourists with these facilities which hopefully generate some local business. Stayed 13 April 2016

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Julia Clark

Ranking: 9/10

It's brilliant, a free place to park up overnight in this lovely friendly town. It is just a car park with no facilities, the bays where you are permitted to overnight are marked between two arrows. You must be self contained, leave nothing, and vacate by 9am. There is a block of public loos about 50m along the road (near the shopping centre and kids playground) . Most if them are locked at night but the disabled one is marked 24 hours and was open. This is a great initiative and we had a brilliant curry in the Cumin Indian restaurant. I hope that local businesses benefit from the motorhoming guests.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Boukje Diijkstra

Ranking: 7/10

Near to shops, free wifi at McDonalds and a very big play ground. Nice to stay for a functional overnight stay. The nearby road was quiet during the night and because not directly at the coast, the wind was very acceptable (compared to other freedom parking places). Thanks for this opportunity.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Heather Scoltock

Ranking: 7/10

Handy spot for starting the Hauraki Trail the next day. Toilets very clean and close by. Little noise from adjacent road. Just need to be away by 9 am.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Ranking: 7/10

Nice and quiet although it is next to a street. It is not much traffic at night. Nearby there is a toilet at a playground.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

ramy's avatar


United States

Ranking: 9/10

Nice freedom camping area just a block off from main street and next to the highway. A sports field is behind the area. A short walk to toilet facilities and mall with grocery store. We were very pleased that the Thames-Coromendel Council provides this as we were able to shop and stock up on our camping needs. We wish more towns would provide this type of experience. Since we usually camped in basic and standard DOC campgrounds or areas for freedom camping, we were often at some distance from places where we could purchase supplies. Thank You Thames!!!

Reviewed about 6 years ago