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81 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 7.

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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Tiago

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 9 days ago

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Peter

Australia

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 3 months ago

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Becky

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 3 months ago

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Juliane

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice spot next to the lake! Lots of space. Must be idyllic without heavy rain.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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ascotandanaussie

Ranking: 10/10

A brilliant place to freedom camping! We stayed 2 nights and has a spot with a uninterrupted view of the lake both nights. Long drop toilet was very clean and not at all smelly. Security did the rounds at about 9pm each night so don't risk it if you are not self contained.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Farrugia Family

Ranking: 10/10

What a great place to stay.
You have to get in cause it gets busy.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Maddie F

Ranking: 9/10

Very busy. Just one toilet (it was full when we were there). No water point. Really calm, a little beach and a beautiful point of view on the sunset.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Haru Ito

Ranking: 8/10

It was pretty good. Free, quiet, big location and next to Taupo lake! BUT if you wanna stay good view point, you should go early. Good for only self contained car because there are only toilet.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Anders Neumann

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice place. Plenty of space. Next to beach. Nice view over Lake Taupo. Swimming possible at half of the beach (to the right), nicely warm and clear water. A few biting insects (March). Clean long drop toilet. We intended to stay one night, ended up three nights. Be careful with soft ground (sand) at a few spots. We drove a little recklessly and had to be towed a few metres. Would definitely come back.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Robert Gatford

Ranking: 8/10

Right on the lake and large enough for plenty. Only 1 drop toilet but if your self contained you don't need it.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Lene Hendel

Ranking: 10/10

The best place we camped in all NZ So beautiful and swimming in the lake was the best!

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Stephanie Starbuck

Ranking: 9/10

Perfect location. Great place to walk the dog. Can get busy but always space. On site toilet (long drop).

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Lesly Zwart

Ranking: 8/10

We have stayed here in December 2017 just before the holidays started. We arrived around 2 pm so we could choose a nice spot. It became busy after 5 pm. One toilet at the beginning of the parking. Sadly swimming in Lake Taupo wasn’t allowed when we were there so we left after 1 night. The traffic on the road wasn’t disturbing.

Reviewed 8 months ago

81 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 7.

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 😍

Tiago's avatar

Tiago

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 9 days ago

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 96 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

Get the Pass

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Peter

Australia

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 3 months ago

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Becky

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 3 months ago

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Juliane

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice spot next to the lake! Lots of space. Must be idyllic without heavy rain.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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ascotandanaussie

Ranking: 10/10

A brilliant place to freedom camping! We stayed 2 nights and has a spot with a uninterrupted view of the lake both nights. Long drop toilet was very clean and not at all smelly. Security did the rounds at about 9pm each night so don't risk it if you are not self contained.

Reviewed 4 months ago

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Farrugia Family 's avatar

Farrugia Family

Ranking: 10/10

What a great place to stay.
You have to get in cause it gets busy.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Maddie F

Ranking: 9/10

Very busy. Just one toilet (it was full when we were there). No water point. Really calm, a little beach and a beautiful point of view on the sunset.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Camping NZ App

Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

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Haru Ito

Ranking: 8/10

It was pretty good. Free, quiet, big location and next to Taupo lake! BUT if you wanna stay good view point, you should go early. Good for only self contained car because there are only toilet.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Anders Neumann

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice place. Plenty of space. Next to beach. Nice view over Lake Taupo. Swimming possible at half of the beach (to the right), nicely warm and clear water. A few biting insects (March). Clean long drop toilet. We intended to stay one night, ended up three nights. Be careful with soft ground (sand) at a few spots. We drove a little recklessly and had to be towed a few metres. Would definitely come back.

Reviewed 5 months ago

Award-2-24px Congratulations Five Mile Bay Recreation Reserve - Overnight Campervan Parking

Top Ranked NZ Awards 2016 Freedom Camping Finalist

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Robert Gatford

Ranking: 8/10

Right on the lake and large enough for plenty. Only 1 drop toilet but if your self contained you don't need it.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Lene Hendel

Ranking: 10/10

The best place we camped in all NZ So beautiful and swimming in the lake was the best!

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Stephanie Starbuck

Ranking: 9/10

Perfect location. Great place to walk the dog. Can get busy but always space. On site toilet (long drop).

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Lesly Zwart

Ranking: 8/10

We have stayed here in December 2017 just before the holidays started. We arrived around 2 pm so we could choose a nice spot. It became busy after 5 pm. One toilet at the beginning of the parking. Sadly swimming in Lake Taupo wasn’t allowed when we were there so we left after 1 night. The traffic on the road wasn’t disturbing.

Reviewed 8 months ago