Five Mile Bay Recreation Reserve

Five Mile Bay Recreation Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking



91 Rankers Reviews

11 Face-to-Face

55 Freedom Camping

10 Taupo




Feature Value Info


North IslandTaupo RegionTaupo


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free





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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 4 days 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 28 days 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 about 1 month 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 3 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 3 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 3 months ago

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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 3 months ago

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Ranking: 8/10

Nice place to stay right on the shores of Lake taupo with a view of tongariro. Got pretty full in Nov, so get there early. There is one long drop toilet, which can be pretty far away depending on where you park. Don't forget to make the most of a free hot bath in the spa park in Taupo.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Lee's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

This place is stunning!!! Quiet peaceful and you get to camp with fellow travellers, which makes you feel safe. A must do freedom camping experience due to its location. We stayed in holiday parks everywhere else due to their beautiful locations

What could be better than lakeside camping

Reviewed 5 months ago

Claudia's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Gorgeous spot, beautiful sunset if you catch the timing right, was busy even out of peak season. 1 Long drop toilet on site. Take own loo roll, but otherwise good facility.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Tiago's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

If you want a stunning view trought your window in the morning, that's the right place. We had a plesant time here. Expect some noise from the road and people with torches at night. No facilities but still amazing.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Peter's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

One of the best freedom sites we used. Even in May it was full so get in early. Parked right on the lakes shore. Would come back to here again.

Reviewed 9 months ago

Becky's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Awesome place to stay! Very busy, so pays to come early if you want a spot right at the lake front. We had a very windy night which shook the camper around, lots of fun and excitement!

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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