Island View Reserve, Whangamata

Island View Reserve, Whangamata

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Shona Newton

Ranking: 10/10

What a beautiful spot. Lean, no rubbish. No problems. Pet friendly. Lovely to swim. Going back before aucklanders out of lockdown

Reviewed 16 days ago

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The Marktelows

Ranking: 5/10

Spot was lovely and quite, maybe it was just our particular experience but, we are both born and bred Kiwis traveling our backyard. We've been all over NZ together and arriving in Whanagamata we quite surreal. I've never ever felt like an alien or "in the wrong place", then we did when we got Whangamata. Being a small town, everyone know everyone and they know your not a local. From being stared at constantly while enjoying fish n chips on the beach, to chilling in our camper at this reserve and having an old man pacing back and forwards looking at us and shaking his head was a little unnerving. Felt to us like they don't like outsiders, but hey maybe it was just our experience. The place is beautiful the people were the strangest I've come across in all my travels

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Simon Springett

Ranking: 8/10

Brilliant spot with an especially nice playground just behind it. Only holds four vans and is quite tight. But great location.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Isabel van Megen


Ranking: 10/10

This spot is awesome! There are pubilc toilets and even a beach shower and benches. It is an amazing beach for long walks or a swim and offers a stunning sunrise in good weather. We absolutely loved the spot and can really only recommend it. Would arrive before 5 pm as it does get really busy and there is only a limited number of spaces where you’re allowed to park.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Breanna Alexander

Ranking: 8/10

Very limited number of sites (four) - but otherwise great for an overnight stay. Toilets close by, but you will be right next to your neighbours. Beautiful little beach though.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Erich Brueggermann

Ranking: 7/10

Great spot directly at the beach but very tight space for 4 campers - also noisy during the day/evening with people coming & going. Toilet & outside cold shower.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Heidi Maurice

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely location, very quiet, set back from beach and protected from the wind by dunes. Make sure you only stay in specially allocated spaces as council checks in the early hours and issues instant NZD 200.00 fines. Great beach for long walks.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Tanya Davies


Ranking: 8/10

Great free camping location! A lovely couple let us know they'd be leaving in about an hour and gave us their spot. Beautiful location, toilets clean.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Frans Van Schie

Ranking: 7/10

Nice and quiet out of season, nice beach, very safe, agree with other reviewers.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Ranking: 8/10

Space for four self contained vehicles, public toilet, long stretch of beach, great for swimming, SUP or a run.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Ranking: 10/10

Great free camp spot. Stayed 12 April 2016. Room for 4, yes, 4 vehicles between sign posts if others don't try to hog up space!!!!! Has clean serviced all night toilets, cold outside shower (for washing off sand and salt water) and tap with drinking water. Wonderful beach with lots of islands. Can walk to nearest island at low tide. Highly recommend for self contained vehicles only.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Shaun Burns

Ranking: 8/10

Three sites allowed at this spot so it is a small public parking lot. Very nice place to stay being 10 metres from the beach.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Denelle Coutts

Ranking: 10/10

This place is beautiful to stay at. Only kinda room for one camper per night. Standard toilet block just there. Clean, very nice stop over. Only beach though so quiet night nothing great to do.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Bob Boost

Ranking: 9/10

A beautiful spot right at the beach for self contained campers, with a fantastic park/obstacle course with climbing walls, and a very fun flying fox, just behind the car park, which we loved, as did our pre-schooler. Public toilets and a tap nearby. Lovely quiet & safe spot when we were there, room for a few camper-vans.

Reviewed over 6 years ago