Beachfront Reserves, Cooks Beach

Beachfront Reserves, Cooks Beach

Overnight Campervan Parking


37 Rankers Reviews

4 Face-to-Face

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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.


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Thames-Coromandel District Council

Local government organisation


North IslandCoromandelWhitianga


  • Freedom Camping
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Nina's avatar


Ranking: 2/10

If you want to go to the ferry just go to the ferry. Also the toilets are far to far away. Very pretty otherwise

The parking area resembled the RV mega sales lot

Reviewed 7 months ago

Bethany's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Arrived super late so it was pitch black meaning we parked in the complete wrong spot (don’t park near the boat ramp!!). It was our first night in our camper so weren’t familiar with coromandel council strict rules. Otherwise it was a gorgeous spot. Toilets were super clean. Ranger came and had a chat about where to park and warned us about a fine but he was lovely and gave us some pamphlets to help us on our trip. Would definitely recommend but just park in the right spot!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Janine's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Such a beautiful quiet spot by the estuary. Clean toilets a wee walk from the freedom camping site. Lots of native bird song. Would definitely stay here again!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Marina's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Pleasant place to stay, parked overlooking the estuary. Toilets were a 5 minute walk away and were very clean

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Roy Swan's avatar

Roy Swan

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic, just s short walk to excellent toilets and sheltered cooking heaps of room

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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 about 2 years 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 over 2 years ago

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 over 2 years ago

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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 over 2 years ago

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 over 2 years 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 over 2 years 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 over 2 years ago

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 almost 3 years ago