Five Mile Bay Recreation Reserve

Five Mile Bay Recreation Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking



114 Rankers Reviews

11 Face-to-Face

96 Freedom Camping

12 Taupo




Feature Value Info


North IslandTaupo RegionTaupo


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free





Showing 13 reviews of 114.

Ryan's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing location and free!

Reviewed 1 day ago

Chris's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

We came here with our 7m long camper. A lot of space available. Very beautiful sunset seen over the lake. It is possible to go swimming.
Great spot.
Toilet is available but no water. (This is 1 point minus in the rating).
We would stop here again next time.

Reviewed 7 days ago

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Lisa's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Many campers, even if toilet is available, it's better to use own one. Nice view on the lake. You can hear traffic from the road.

Reviewed 26 days ago

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Mark Jarvis

Ranking: 6/10

Good views but crowded and no order to where people park up, large site however. It’s a bit of a free for all. Only 1 toilet for a very large site was a bit of an issue. Views are great if you can get a lake side spot.

Reviewed 27 days ago and experienced in September 2019

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Ritravel's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Really nice place although very crowded. Need to come early but the view is fantastic and the lake is nearby to jump into it. We did not use the toilet so not comment on that. But we came here back on the second day - recommend it.

Reviewed 29 days ago

Tills's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful location on the lake, a lot of space, a little windy.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Steve Jenkins


Ranking: 10/10

Amazingly beautiful spot, right on the banks of Lake Taupo.
Lots of parking, probably 15-20 spots for self contained spots. Lots of great walks in the area, and just outside Taupo township

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Mike Sc

Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Martin Hansen's avatar

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 about 1 month ago

Haley's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Great views but super busy place!

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Dennis Rijbroek's avatar

Dennis Rijbroek


Ranking: 7/10

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

Reviewed 3 months ago

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 3 months 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 5 months ago and experienced in November 2018

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