Five Mile Bay Recreation Reserve

Five Mile Bay Recreation Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking



102 Rankers Reviews

11 Face-to-Face

60 Freedom Camping

10 Taupo




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North IslandTaupo RegionTaupo


  • Freedom Camping
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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 about 1 month ago and experienced in November 2018

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 3 months ago

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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 3 months ago

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 3 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 4 months ago

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 5 months ago

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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 5 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 5 months ago

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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 5 months ago

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 6 months ago

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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 6 months ago

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 6 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 7 months ago

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