Five Mile Bay Recreation Reserve

Five Mile Bay Recreation Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking

Reviews

Kristyl's avatar

Kristyl

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent spot right on the lake. Great for the dogs. Get there early it gets a bit cramed.

Reviewed 6 days 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 about 1 month ago

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John

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 about 1 month ago

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Georgia

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 about 1 month ago

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Nadia

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 about 1 month ago

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Courtney

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 about 1 month ago

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TP&MM

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 2 months ago

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Pedro

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 3 months ago

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Molly

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 3 months ago

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Jon

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 4 months ago

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Dan

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 4 months ago

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Macker

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 6 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 6 months ago

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Jude

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 6 months ago

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Noreasters

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 6 months ago

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jcastl

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 6 months ago

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Lee

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 8 months ago

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Claudia

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 9 months ago

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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 10 months 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 12 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 12 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 about 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year ago

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Ronald Daigneault

Ranking: 8/10

Gorgeous lake views. We arrived late in the evening and had no trouble getting a spot near the water. Bathrooms OK. Just bring your own toilet paper!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Aaron Brose

Ranking: 8/10

Amazing open spot. You can park right on the lake. Shoreline will fill up quickly but there are still nice spots. Drop toilet and no running water.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Minnie Hayes

Ranking: 10/10

Wow! What a spot! Such amazing views. Glad we decided to drive a bit further than our planned spot.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Stefan Hohmann

Ranking: 8/10

Spectacular view across the Lake Taupo, a little bit windy, so you have to park your van in the right direction to get a calm sleep.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Phil and Mel Rowson

Ranking: 9/10

Lots of space. We parked right on the side of the lake. Very quiet despite lots of motor homes parking here. Lots of runners and cyclists active early next morning.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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David Thompson

Ranking: 10/10

Wow far better than in town, reasonably busy but plenty of space, waves crashing, the odd truck and plane... great views.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Christoper Crowhurst

Ranking: 10/10

Freedom Camping at its best and purest. Brilliant camp next to the lake with superb views day and night. One long drop toilet which is reasonably clean. Lots and lots of spaces and quite busy 8+ campers in September.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Michael Smith

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Probably my favourite freedom campsite so far. Its location on the water is unrivalled and can get an unreal sunset picture. A bit more out of the city so it is a little quieter but close enough if you wanted to go in. Loads of space, although the ones on the waterfront go fast! There are more inland though so you'll be fine for space. Drop toilets are fine if you're cool with that kind of thing!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Tracy Frauzel

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful view of the lake and surrounding mountains. Possible to park up right on the lake. Toilet did not have any toilet paper. Can get busy.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Beverley Halfhide

Ranking: 8/10

Nice in summer for a swim. Mice and mosquitoes around in April. Toilets but we didn't need to use. Close to Taupo. Great sunset view. Would stay again.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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estelle D

New Caledonia

Ranking: 9/10

free campsite pour motorhome autonome, très agréable
au bord du lac, vue magnifique, et site calme, vue coucher de soleil très belle
attention à respecter les limites de stationnement des motorhome, un panneau indique la limite,
ne pas hésiter à aller au fond à droite pour se garer

Reviewed about 2 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Mark Haydon

England

Ranking: 8/10

Large area attracting overflow campers from nearby Tuapo. Great location, but the weather for us was awful. Single drop loo, but as this site is only for self-contained motorhomes, that's not really a problem.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Harriet Smith

Ranking: 8/10

Perfect location next to the lake, great swimming spot. Quite busy and some locals came and played very loud music. Take toilet paper for the long drop toilet! Great for one night's stay. Use the super loo next to Taupo library for a $2 hot shower and hairdryer!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Gena Bond

Ranking: 7/10

Really busy place. Having said that if early you can sit right by the lake and it's amazing views.. No other facilities other than toilet. However easy access to water and rubbish bins on way to Taupo .

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Andy Bond

Ranking: 10/10

Wow what a great site. Busy but quiet, well apart form the waves crashing on the shore. Lots of motorhomes here. Great access to the water, ideal for us with sea kayaks.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Breanna Alexander

Ranking: 10/10

Heaps of sites available, right next to lake if you want. We arrived very late (9.30) and still had no issue finding a site (mid Dec). There are drop toilets, make sure you bring toilet paper.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Erich Brueggermann

Ranking: 7/10

Huge parking area on Lake Taupo. We stayed in December & by evening there were approx. 60 campers there! Despite that quiet to sleep. Biked into Taupo (8km per way, lovely cycle trail that meanders along the lake, great to walk too). We had a perfect spot right on the lake with magnificent views!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Phan and Anita

Ranking: 9/10

Pretty good spot on the shores of Lake Taupo. We went late December and it was very busy with not a lot of flat space left, and full of campervans but a lovely quiet spot none the less, with easy access to beach and the walkway around the lake.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Sue Horstra

Ranking: 9/10

Great roomy spot on the lake. Not far from shops. Drop toilet on site.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Richard Lack

Ranking: 10/10

Great place to stay looking over the lake, had plenty of parking.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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steve zan

Canada

Ranking: 7/10

good views and lots of space, not crowded

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Tony Waters

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Great spot easy to find.
Quite a few vans here but still room to be right next to the lake.
The lake shore line was covered in pumice, so much fun throwing in rocks that float!
There is a long drop loo, although if you head south along the walking track you'll find a much nicer one 5 minutes away but you need to be self contained anyway.
There was a bit of highway noise and planes from the airport.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Jack Metcalfe

Ranking: 9/10

We really loved this spot! We arrived at 4pm to check it out then drove into Taupo to get groceries and supplies, which wasn't that far at all. There was plenty of space and there were only three other campers here, so we parked right next to the lake! We stayed in winter but it wasn't too cold at all and the wind didn't bother us. Enjoy!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Nic

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful free campsite, very quiet with gorgeous views over the lake. Highly recommended!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Harriet Walker

Ranking: 10/10

We arrived late-ish around 5pm and there were plenty of spaces for us to park up! Beautiful space right on the lake front, and is very easy to get to from the town itself.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Connie Hopper

Ranking: 8/10

A beautiful spot, would be great in summer for swimming. Drop toilets and picnic benches. Quite windy when we were there and not much shelter but a good stopping point if you don't want to stay in Taupo itself.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Volker Stroenisch

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Can be highly recommended: nicely located at the beach of Lake Taupo, inviting for a swim. A view directly to Tongariro opposite the lake. Only disadvantage: apparently many people know this place, it can become a bit crowded. Only for self-contained vehicles!

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Debbie

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful spot by Lake Taupo , free and you are allowed to stay for up to 4 days. Good long drop toilet, very busy spot 45 of us camping here. You do have to be self contained, there will be a DOC warden around to check which is good to see.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Brian Chris

Ranking: 8/10

Great spot on lake front plenty of parking. Stayed one night, will use again.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Boukje Diijkstra

Ranking: 8/10

Nice view, small black beach, clean toilet, but very busy with campervans. Everyone was quiet, so nice place.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Antonio BENITEZ

Ranking: 6/10

Lovely free campground by lake Taupo. Lots of space. Just a long drop toilet, far from the shore.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Staffan Johansson

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely place by the water. No facilities, no costs. Wonderful sunset over the water!

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Aaron wood

Ranking: 10/10

Great free site a short drive from Taupo. We found it very busy in mid February. Only a few feet from the lake so great for fishing/swimming/walking.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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bzh974

New Caledonia

Ranking: 10/10

Tout simplement génial. Vue extraordinaire sur le lac, les montagnes.
Emplacement en bord de lac à 20 mètres.
A 2 pas de Taupo, donc excellent pour les excursions du lendemain.
Eau fraiche mais cela fait du bien.

Reviewed over 3 years ago and experienced in December 2014

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Marina

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful location, quiet and plenty of space directly on Lake Taupo. Beautiful sunset with volcanoes in the distance.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Janneke Hekhuis

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

This is a very beautiful campsite. Come a bit early for a nice spot directly on the lake since it got very busy at the end of the day. We had a lovely afternoon swimming and relaxing. The basic public toilet is a long walk but was clean and not smelly.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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mathieu boustie

France

Ranking: 8/10

Very good location. Quiet and amazing view on lake and Tongariro mountains.
Ideal for sunset sight.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Sam Howard

Ranking: 10/10

Favourite freedom camping spot so far in the whole of the North Island. Amazing views, quiet, loads of space, parked about 6 feet from the shoreline. Highly recommend.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Kresten Skak

Ranking: 10/10

Really beautiful and quiet location. Can only recommend this place.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Michael

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome view and free... nothing more to say... only self-contained.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Alison Cary

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent location. Lots of space for self contained vehicles, motor homes. Directions: travelling from the south, don't be fooled by the sign to "5 Mile Bay" sign at Tawhaa St which takes you to a car park where no overnight stay is allowed. Go a little further along the main road and use the sign for "5 Mile Bay, Ski Lane" to take you to the area when overnight camping permitted. Excellent pathway for brisk walk along the lake edge (part of the Great Lake Walkway). No water or toilets, but in Taupo, Redoubt Rd there is a community site for fresh water, emptying grey water and public toilets.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Sarah Gurney

Ranking: 10/10

We loved this place! Right on the edge of the lake with stunning views of the snow capped mountains in the distance. We sat on the beach in the afternoon, had a dip and watched the sun set - perfect. It got pretty busy but we had a good spot right on the lake as we arrived around 4ish. The toilet was fine, a long drop with no paper.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Matt Betts

Ranking: 10/10

What a spot. Sunset, lake, beer - perfect. If it is a nice day, stay here as you get an amazing sunset over the lake and lots of space for parking.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Helen Ameis

Ranking: 9/10

We liked this place very much! Lots of space, clean toilet (2 min walk), beautiful sunset over lake Taupo, nice swim and all of this for free.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Emily C

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

A beautiful spot right camping right by the lake. Can't beat waking up to the sound of waves lapping and views of distant volcanoes. It was very busy on Easter weekend. We got there about 6pm and nabbed the last spot with a lake view.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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James Webster

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful views of Lake Taupo. Very clean long drop toilet. No water but free. About 5 minute drive from Taupo. Recommend!

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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holidaymad from Solihull

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

We took other reviewers advice and arrived latish (around 6:00) and were lucky to get a pitch overlooking the sea.
Be warned! Like loads of other campervans, we parked side on to the beach. Just as we were getting ready for bed, about 10:30, there was a knock on the door. It was a jobsworth who, seeing we were the only one with a light still on, told us that we were parked incorrectly and should have reversed into the bay. As we were moving on next morning he "kindly" allowed us to stay as we were after giving us his lecture. Nobody else had been disturbed. So, if you want a great view, go to bed early !!!! lol.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Mike Merrick

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful spot on the lakeside. Loads of space so with 20 vans there it didn't feel at all crowded. Didn't need to use the loo (only contained vans allowed) but took a relaxing walk along the paved lakeside path which is popular with joggers and cyclists. Lots and lots of photographs of a splendid sunset!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Francois Bazillou

Reunion

Ranking: 10/10

We arrived late but found a place on the edge of the lake.
The place was a bit busy because it was in January but it's large so it was ok. The view, especially at sunset is fantastic.
The only thing is that there's only one toilet, and a bit far from the lake... But that didn't matter for us.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Trevor Brown

Ranking: 8/10

Only self-contained vehicles allowed. Fantastic location next to the lake. Very busy in peak periods but plenty of space to park. Arrive late in day if you want water-front spot as that is when day visitors leave. Only minutes from town.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Ricky Shepherd

Ranking: 8/10

Heaps of bays, can park within 10 meters of water, try to park away from boat ramp as gets pretty busy during the day, faces west so beautiful sunsets, no facilities but hey only self contained can stay here, couple of times a day police patrol so it feels safe.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Jurgen Moors

Ranking: 9/10

Basic camp with only one long drop toilet but very beautiful spot with direct access to the lake and great views. A perfect spot if you are self contained and want a free place to stay near Taupo. We only stayed for one night but we can recommend this place.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Sebastian Kindler

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful freedom camping ground. It was quite packed when we arrived, but there still was plenty of space and the sundown was really stunning! One of the best spots we stayed and this for free!
Just be aware that this is really a spot for self contained campers only as there are even no public toilets around. We heard that there are controls as well, even though we haven't met one. Just some 'kids' from Taupo city drove on the spot during 22-23pm, perhaps looking for a spot to party, but disappeared after 5 min. w/o any noise or trouble as they recognised all the campers.
Really a beautiful spot and really recommended to stay there as it is really - by promise of the name - quite close to the city, but still far away enough to feel 'free'!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Herman Holmgist

Sweden

Ranking: 10/10

By the lake, beautiful sunset and it is free.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Josefin Lind

Sweden

Ranking: 9/10

A free camping by the lake. Very beautiful spot. Good with toilet.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Phil Bromby

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

On the dunes overlooking the lake. Did not notice any noise from planes - view was magnificent - free.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Jenny Finch

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing view, right on the lake. Toilet nearby but not much else, but it is free and cannot beat the spot.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Kristina

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Free campsite with many sites, public toilets, directly at the Lake - beautiful sunset.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Lee Whitley

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Perfect spot to stay just outside Taupo, drive 5 mins outta town and cant miss it beside the airport. Class to sit and watch sunset and skydivers. Longdrop toilet is bit away from parking but is suitable for the stay, bring your own toilet paper!

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Marieke Feyteres

Belgium

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful place to stay and watch the sunset! Close to Huka Falls, right at the lake. Fun to watch all the skydives.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Pioter Jurkowski

Poland

Ranking: 10/10

Amazing spot with great sunset views. Very spacious, free of charge!

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Jordan and Marielle

Netherlands

Ranking: 10/10

Great free spot at the lake with a beautiful view on the volcanos and Taupo. There is enough place and a toilet. You can park on the parking places or on the grass field. Unfortunately, we also missed the sunset as we arrived late in the evening.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Jenny Hall

Denmark

Ranking: 7/10

2 forty'ish naturefreak gal's, exploring NZ in a campervan for 6 months.
Rating points:
Bad= 0
Good = 1
Excellent = 2
- in following categories:
Location: 2; lakefront reserve with good beach access for both swimming and watersports, close to Taupo
Amenities: 0; 1 longdrop toilet and picnictable
Sites & parklayout: 2; very large area with both grassy and paved options for camping, som right on the beach.
Price: 2; FREE
Extras: 1; Fun entertainment watching skydivers hop out of a plane over our heads (located next to skydiving airstrip)

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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David Restell

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

We stayed here a number of times over our year stay in New Zealand and have love it every time.

+ Free!!
+ Right on Lake Taupo,
+ Awesome views of the mountains and surrounds in both summer and snow capped in winter,
+ Is very quiet except that its under the sky jumps drop zone so you can here lots of whoops and shouts :)
+ Cleanest long drop toilets we've seen. Virtually no smell.

- Only minor negative is its a little drive out of Taupo but that is also a little bit good as doesn't get too busy.

Absolute diamond spot.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Shelley Gilmore

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

This was a beautiful place to stay. The view in the morning of the mountains covered in snow was awesome. My only regret is that we arrived at 2.00am (due to a rock concert driving us away from Ferry Road) which meant we missed that fabulous sunset too! We were the only people staying but felt quite safe.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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ramy

United States

Ranking: 10/10

This is a fabulous place to freedom camp if you are self contained. However, we missed it because the people at the Taupo visitor I Site did not tell us about it when we asked if there was a place in the area where we could freedom camp. We missed an absolutely beautiful sunset over the lake because of it. The camping area is right on the lake and as pictured is open and grassy.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in April 2013

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Mette, Bo, Viktor & Olivia Seligmann

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

One of the nicest places we stayed on the North Island! Just by the lake, so nice!. We were there for Easter, so there were quit a few campers, but it's a big area, so there is lots of space.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Philip Gibbons

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic free camping spot!!! A little busy with boats etc during the day, but pretty quiet at night and gorgeous sunsets. Great spot right on the lake just out of Taupo. Also has a clean toilet in the grounds.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

Love Christchurch