Paku Drive, Tairua

Paku Drive, Tairua

Overnight Freedom Parking


19 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

2 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.


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Thames-Coromandel District Council

Local government organisation


North IslandCoromandelTairua


  • Freedom Camping
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Hugh's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

(Feb 2022) 7/8 spots available. Clean toilets right next to the spaces. Views of an estuary and less than 2 mins walk to beach behind. Picnic tables close by. Felt safe throughout the night. Only a couple of us, it was a Wednesday night.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Bee Rogers

Ranking: 10/10

Very pretty beach view, has wooden tables/chairs and clean toilets. We stayed here for one night during Christmas holiday period, arrived at 6pm and got the last designated spot. There’s only about 5-6 freedom spots, so get in early (must park between blue sign posts).

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Ranking: 8/10

Nice spot! Very quiet night and toilets 24h just next to it

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Roy Swan

Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely great spot plenty of room and very clean toilets

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

It has a very spacious place for big Campervans and picnic tables around it. The toilet is next to eat so very convenient. The view of the harbour is another plus to wake up to and very safe area as well.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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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 over 2 years 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 almost 3 years 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 3 years 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 over 4 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 5 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 almost 6 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 about 6 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 over 6 years ago