15 Rankers Reviews
18 Freedom Camping
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 eastern side of bollard parking area opposite 214 Onemana Drive.
Size - 15m starting just south of the footbridge and running alongside the creek.
North Island ▷ Coromandel ▷ Whangamata
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Great spot in the grass to the right of the parking lot. When I was there (dec 2019) there was still construction going on of the new bathrooms right next to the freedom camping area. This cut into the amount of space allocated (cut it down to about four vans) but all four spots filled up that night. Beach shower and bathrooms up the hill were still operational and it’ll be super nice and convenient when the new bathrooms open up. 10/10 would camp there again
Nice quiet spot by the beach. Toilets nearby. They are building new toilets on some of the freedom camping space so it isn’t quite as big as stated on the map. If you want a quiet spot with wonderful views this is a good one.
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Super nice spot, less than a minute walk from the beautiful beach and toilets, which were moderately clean & open 24 hours. Small space, able to accommodate 5 in a row, maybe one or two more if allowed to block others in for the night! Would stay here again!
This place is absolutely fabulous. Highly recommended. Make sure you stick to rules so don't ruin for others
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We were the only campers, great location with lovely grass area, great beach and view; top spot for sunrise. Only downside was council workers at 0730 mowing right around camper.
Great location if you can get a spot (only 4).
Beautiful quiet beachside location. camped in June so it was a bit chilly to walk to the toilets. Toilets are clean flush. Beach cold shower would be great in the summer. A nice walk to a small sea cave to one end and then a waterfall cascading to the beach on the other. Only a small area to camp, very boggy with recent rains. Coffee shop wasn't open whilst we were there. Wish i could share some pics.
Nice camp. As others have stated it's quite small. Only room for 3 (or 4 at a stretch). Clean toilets nearby. Had the Fire Brigade turn up at 8pm right alongside us, doing training running a noisy gasoline pump and spot lights for an hour. They just sprayed water on the vegetation. We got the impression that maybe we weren't welcome?
Great freedom spot (self contained). Toilets (somewhat clean), outdoor beach shower (cooooold) and a great beach with nice waves :)
Fancy coffee/restaurant place nearby.
Amazing spot, so nice walking on the beach then sitting out when dark listening to the sea. Cold water shower available. Toilets nearby. Spaces are tight between the freedom camping poles certainly no good if one van goes over into another area. But then there is no sign saying park in a line so I presumed area was the grass also in front of the poles. Would have been nice to chat to other travellers but the Dutch and New Zealanders sat in vans watching TV seems such a waste on such an amazing spot. Going to enjoy going sea kayaking from here today.
Stayed here about 6 months ago and enjoyed this spot. However we turned up a few days ago to find the signs had been moved now only space for three vans max. There were two parked in such a way there was no space for us and the ground had been churned up as it was wet and soggy. I get the feeling the local council don't want us there. Pity as we support the local shops when we are there.
Not much to add to previous reviews, however the space for campervans seems to be more limited now; apparently the pole marking the area for self-contained vehicles has been moved so that there is only space for 4 vans now. Beautiful white beach in a small bay close to the parking site invites for a swim. Cold shower, water and flush-toilets available - and this all for free. The only thing a bit strange is that you stand between the housing area and the beach, feels a bit like disturbing the paradise of the residents.
Lovely spot right on the beautiful beach, nice having nearby toilets open all night. Only one other van there (non self-contained who was fined in the early morning).