Beachfront Reserves, Cooks Beach

Beachfront Reserves, Cooks Beach

Overnight Campervan Parking



32 Rankers Reviews

4 Face-to-Face

240 Freedom Camping

15 Whitianga


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All freedom campers must be certified self-contained.

Maximum stay of two consecutive nights, departure by 9am.

Park only between the freedom camping signs.

Location - South-east end at Purangi Reserve boat ramp overflow parking, seaward side to the west of the boat ramp.
Size - 40m starting from the north-east corner and heading south-west.


Feature Value Info


North IslandCoromandelWhitianga


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


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Dave's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

Arrived in the dark and the road appeared to be closed (flooding?) We ended up parking in the regular parking for the night as no one was around, but not entirely sure this was ok! But we weren’t bothered by anyone so worked for us.

Reviewed 23 days ago

Jonas's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

Reine Geldmacherei. Ihr müsst echt gucken wenn ihr hier hin kommt wo ihr euch hinstellt. Die Schilder sind überhaupt nicht eindeutig und somit haben wir ca 20m neben dem Campingplatz gestanden. Dort war aber immernoch ein Parkplatz sodass man nicht sehen konnte wo er ist. Es wird kontrolliert und diese Personen sind überhaupt nicht einsichtig und drücken jedem eine 200 dollar Strafe rein. Außerdem sind die Toiletten sehr weit weg. Also auf jedenfall nicht weiter zu empfehlen.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Celeste's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful area, worth staying here just for the beach! Limited space available for overnight campers and this space is reduced further still as you're requested to leave a 3 meter gap between vehicles. There were quite a few mosquitoes. Toilets with a handwashing sink only approximately 3 minutes walk.

Reviewed 5 months ago

Clobark's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

Gross field with campers parked door to door about 12 vans and more arriving and leaving til late. The location is around the corner from beautiful cooks beach but wouldn't recommend unless just staying a night as close to things.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Serena's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful setting just by Cooks beach, toilets a 5 minute walk away and barbecue area. No water supply here and very limited parking space, only room for about 7 campervans in the designated area. We were very lucky to get a spot arriving at 5pm, as lots of others arrived just after and there was no room left. Parking is in a field with a hedge behind it so more sheltered than other campsites on the coast. Overall very nice location, make sure you get there early to reserve a spot!

Reviewed 5 months ago

Teghan's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Nice spot near a nice beach! Away from traffic. I arrived early thinking it would be busy, but there was still plenty of room until the early evening. Short walk to the toilets. No shower. (February 2020)

Reviewed 5 months ago

Mika's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Large grassy area with less than 10 spaces. We arrived at around 12pm and it was already half full (early December 2019). There are toilets 5 min walk away but we’re quite smelly. The small river next to the site had wild dolphins in it and we were able to swim with them! (But a local girl said that was rare, so don’t get your hopes up)

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Adam's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful area to camp near the beach/inlet. Only a small area to fit campers in with a short walk to the toilets.
Fairly sheltered from the wind.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Simon Foster

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful place to camp and free! Ranger was very friendly too

Reviewed 11 months ago

Kate's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely beautiful find on the bank of the estuary/beach. Clean toilet and picnic benches to use. Long way down the road from the town but nice and quiet

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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The big German family

Ranking: 10/10

The place is wonderful! Quite, clean and public toilets. Beach nearby. We arrived at nighttime and did not realise that all places were gone (it’s quite a large grassy area but less then 10 places). We had a note at the car the next morning, the ranger was obviously around that night. He did not wake us up, no penalties as well (Thank you, unknown ranger!). We liked it a lot!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Erika's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Lots of campers already there in February. We asked someone to move to make room and they very kindly did so. Others arrived later than us and parked in a second row. Toilets a bit of a walk and no view

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Monika's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

The place is pretty good. Spot itself doesn't have a beatiful view but within 5 min walking distance you can enjoy a really amazing landscape. The ranger (or however you call him) came 8am in the morning to check if any vehicles park outside the designated place for sc cars and if all are sc. There were 3 parked out of the sign area and he gave them just a warning. In a line between arrows there were 9 vehicles parked (3m distance was not maintained though). We asked the ranger if two lines can be formed and he said yes, as long as it is inbetween arrows and before the the road. So in total I guess 12 vehicles can park there, maybe 18 if you nicely squeeze. Toilet and bbq within 2min walking distance. According to what locals said the ranger visits often.

Reviewed over 1 year ago