Five Mile Bay Recreation Reserve

Five Mile Bay Recreation Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking



107 Rankers Reviews

11 Face-to-Face

88 Freedom Camping

11 Taupo




Feature Value Info


North IslandTaupo RegionTaupo


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free





Showing 13 reviews of 107.

Mike Sc's avatar

Mike Sc

Ranking: 9/10

Fabulous fabulous right on the lake. Just one drop toilet. No water.

Reviewed 3 days ago

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Martin Hansen

Ranking: 7/10

You need to arrive here early to get a decent spot.
The place is really crowded and has only one really basic toilet which has no toilet paper! So remember that.

Other than that the view over Taupo Lake is beautiful.

Reviewed 6 days ago

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Haley's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Great views but super busy place!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Dennis Rijbroek


Ranking: 7/10

View is great. Large site makes it crowded. Toilet is non-flush. No toilet paper.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Brent's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Pretty good spot. Plenty of room. Ocean/wind can be loud but we found it soothing. 1 non-flushing toilet but not smelly.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Jana's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

LOVELY spot with beautofil view of the lake. We brought own toilet paper just in case but not necessary. Super busy but also loads of space. Stayed here a few days and loved it.

Reviewed 4 months ago and experienced in November 2018

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Kate's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great little spot but very popular all year around. Probably the busiest place we’ve stayed in the last month! Lovely views over the lake, walks along the lakeside but only one toilet. Probably best to use your own if possible! Recommend

Reviewed 5 months ago

Amit's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

We had a great stay at the reserve. It’s a beautiful area right on the lake with a great morning view! There is a five mile walk right on the park that you stay which is clean and full of life. Definitely recommended as an evening stop on your way!

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Kristyl's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Excellent spot right on the lake. Great for the dogs. Get there early it gets a bit cramed.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Ray Tombs

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

We arrived Easter Thursday with our caravan and stayed over night. The place was absolutely full of mainly camper vans.
Ten thousand people and only one long drop toilet. As we’re in our mid 70’s, it was most ‘convenient’ pardon the pun, to park by the only bog in town. Then when we could see the queue had stopped temporally, we were in like Flynn. We do have an onboard toilet but poo still smells like poo! Ugh.
The long drop was very clean and no smell. Do NOT forget to take paper or you’ll wind up like Robinson Crusoe and opt for a finger, haaa ha.
It was a very pleasant place to stay, awesome views and no cost, a pensioners dream come true.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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John's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Large parking area by lake, space for loads of vans. Beach good for swimming. Toilet, in reasonable condition.

Lovely spot to watch the sun go down over the lake.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Georgia's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Another great spot right by the lake. Spectacular sunset! Close to town and huge area to camp.
Only one toilet that we could see and take your own toilet paper but otherwise it is an awesome spot :)

Reviewed 7 months ago

Nadia's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Gorgeous spot right on the lake! Peaceful and special. Very large area but lots of vans, started filling up in the evening. One clean drop toilet.
Great location to get to hikes in the morning.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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