Five Mile Bay Recreation Reserve

Five Mile Bay Recreation Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking



97 Rankers Reviews

11 Face-to-Face

62 Freedom Camping

10 Taupo




Feature Value Info


North IslandTaupo RegionTaupo


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free





Showing 13 reviews of 97.

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 14 days 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 16 days ago

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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 22 days ago

Courtney's avatar


United States

Ranking: 7/10

Nice location near the lake. Long drop toilet, so make sure you have your own tissue. Extremely busy, so make sure are arriving earlier in the day. We arrived after dark and were able to squeeze into an unlevel spot.

Reviewed 28 days ago

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TP&MM's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Went out each day and we liked it so much came back each evening for 3 nights. It starts filling up 4pm onwards but big enough to take a lot of vans. Had a swim each evening as can go out quite a way and still be in waist high water and sandy underfoot. Long drop toilet was not the cleanest and a queue forms in the morning. Noticed a patrol car come round one evening.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

Pedro's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great place and views. The beach and the sunset were amazing. I swim there and it was one of my best experience with swimming in that place (no wind at all that day). You could also run in the beach and bicycle. It is the perfect place for tria.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Molly's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Your supposed to be Csc certified self contained meaning use your own loo & let day visitors use it. Once again non CDC vehicles try to get in but security move you on & will get $200 fine if you dont. They check 4 times during the night & will wake you up & ask you to leave immediately.

Reviewed 2 months ago

Jon's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful spot by the lake! Get here early if you want a spot directly on the lake since it is a very popular spot and gets full fast during summer months. It is a very large spot so there are plenty of parking spots with fairly level ground all around.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Dan's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Stunning view of the Lake and very quiet. Get in early to get a spot as it fills up.
We didn't sleep at all because of the severe wind off the lake, so not a great choice for light sleepers or those prone to motion sickness.

Reviewed 3 months ago

Macker's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Great site, gets very busy (November) but fairly large site. Noneuch thing as freedom camping when crammed im with others! Great views of lake

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Rich G UK

Ranking: 10/10

I’m a bit mystified! This is a beautiful location but people have complained about the long drop. It’s FREEDOM CAMPING and as such you shouldn’t need an on-site loo. You’re supposed to be self sufficient with your own facilities. Love the location, plenty of room for a good number of visitors - sadly one of them couldn’t find room in his truck for his rubbish😫😫

Reviewed 5 months ago

Jude's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Large area with lots of places to park (avoid concrete parking bays- no campervans allowed there). Fantastic view over the lake but need to get there early if you want to park on lake front. Quiet site, literally drop loo with no other facilities.. recommend.

Reviewed 5 months ago

Noreasters's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely loved this site, self contained so didn't use the long drop though. Just simple beatiful views, parked right by the lake, was windy but rocked is to sleep. Great walking path up towards Taupo, can also cycle.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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