Paku Drive, Tairua

Paku Drive, Tairua

Overnight Freedom Parking



14 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

179 Freedom Camping

6 Tairua


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Freedom Camping at Tairua, Paku Drive opposite the surf club.

Site to be vacated by 9am.

All freedom campers must be certified self-contained.

Maximum stay of two consecutive nights, departure by 9am.

Park only between the freedom camping signs.

Location: South end of the formed car park.
Size: 20m starting at the south end of the formed car park heading north.


Feature Value Info


North IslandCoromandelTairua


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


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Javier Williams's avatar

Javier Williams

Ranking: 6/10

Good place to overnight right close to Tairua's beach. There are few places for self-contained vehicles, but it is bad indicated. We arrived around 18.00 and we did not see any forbidden signal; in the morning, ranger came and advise that we stayed at wrong place which is allowed for cars. Anyway, he was so kind and we did not take any fine.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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CT Aussies

Ranking: 9/10

Great views, clean toilets nearby and lots of fellow campers! We showed up at 7pm and there was still plenty of space available

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Patricio Vidal

Ranking: 10/10

We arrived relatively early and found one of the five spots to park our self-contained motorhome. There is a public toilet nearby without direct light for a night run, but at least its clear enough. A very quiet place to spend the night (maybe it was not peak season in July)

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in July 2018

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Nicolas Cuervo

Ranking: 7/10

It’s just alright. The site is actually a parking lot (be careful, there is like 25 spaces for parking but only about 8 of those are designated for Freedom Camping); park between the signs or you’ll get tolled!
Toilets are ok and just next to the parking. The place has nice views and a couple of picnic tables.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Chantelle Ribbon

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Stayed at this place for one night. It was a beautiful place to visit. Lots of parking spaces and a toilet available. By dark parking spaces were full. So do get there early. PLEASE note location can get very windy.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Ranking: 5/10

We were stranded in Tairua by highway flooding so didn't really plan to stay here but it looked pretty enough, overlooking the water. We had a fairly terrible sleep though, as we stayed during a storm that buffeted our motorhome quite badly, so this is quite an exposed site with no shelter. We also found it very noisy with cars coming and going along the road all night and we could hear music from nearby venues quite loudly until late. We did enjoy the pleasant walk around to the marina in the afternoon (before the storm started).

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Denise Farr

Ranking: 8/10

Great view over the harbour. Sandy beach close by and ocean beach just across the road. Lovely walk along the harbour edge to the entrance, as well as walks up Paku Hill, and back into Tairua town. There is room for 4-5 campers and it was full the night we stayed in May.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Henk Panman

Ranking: 10/10

Great spot! Note that you are allowed to park between the arrows, hence also on the yellow fade away lines in the end.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Jo Batt

Ranking: 9/10

The only thing wrong with this site is you are in a car park! Great position, the beach is beautiful and only a two minute walk. The view from the walk up the hill is stunning, makes it well worth the effort. Not many spaces though and all were taken the night we were there.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Helen Ameis

Ranking: 7/10

Nothing special, but clean toilets, nice view. Don't stay outside the marked area for free camping, 5 campers who arrived just minutes after us got tolled and left quite unhappy the next morning.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Pia Sander


Ranking: 10/10

Great overnight place. Get there early as there are only very few places available. Fine toilet building, but you are supposed to be self-contained although not everybody were when we were there. The view of the bay was just beautiful, and on the other side of the road there is a passage next to the surf club to a great beach. Oh, you have to be gone by 9am, not 7am.
NOTE FROM RANKERS - A traveller has been in touch after receiving a $250 fine, after reading this review and thinking that it's OK to stay here without a self contained vehicle. As mentioned, this location is for self contained campers only. Happy travels from Rankers.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Oliver Powles

Ranking: 10/10

6m bus 1 night freedom camping, free, stunning views, some good fishing at the Paku wharf 100m down the road. Toilets are clean. Spaces filled up fast after 6pm.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Maja Bogdanowicz


Ranking: 10/10

In front of a beautiful beach! Was good to enjoy the time over there!

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in February 2013