Waiponga Reserve, Opoutere

Waiponga Reserve, Opoutere

Overnight Campervan Parking



12 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

6 Freedom Camping

1 Whangamata




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 - North facing boundary, eastern end farthest from the entrance.
Size - 26m starting from the east end of the parking area and heading west.


Feature Value Info


North IslandCoromandelWhangamata


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


KAYO's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Love this spot, visiting in June so it is pretty quiet and very windy but it's sunny and a short walk through the wonderful pine forrest leads to a long secluded beach.

Reviewed 2 months ago

TRAV's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Magic spot by the water. Ocean of stars at night and blissfully quiet!

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Sarah's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great place to park up for a couple of nights. Flat car park next to the reserve, it gets busy so come early, it’s been full while we’ve been here (late April), I think there’s around 8 campers here. Really quiet at night but car park does get busy during the day. 10 minute walk through beautiful forest to expansive, beautiful beach. My favorite place while touring the Coromandel.

Reviewed 4 months ago

Betty's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Not large, but level with easy access to the beach and the cove. Great birds to watch and to listen to at night.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Lauren Glass

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful spot! Super quiet with lots of parking space. Picnic tables and very close to the beach. Highly recommend.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Stefan Hohmann

Ranking: 8/10

Absolutely quiet space for max. 4-5 campers, picnic tables and toilets nearby and an unbelievable wide and lonely (November) beach, access by a well signed footpath through a bright forest.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Paul Stevens

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

WOW! One of the best spots we have stopped at. Had the place to ourselves. Decided to stay the 2 nights (maximum allowed). Great if you are into geocaching as there is a trail of about a dozen caches. If not, well "What a beach and with such wonderful views!"

Reviewed about 2 years ago

Melanie's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

Amazing spot! We arrived at about 4pm and found only 2 campervans already there, by dusk all allocated parks were full (fit maybe 7 vans side by side?). After we parked we walked the 700m through the forest (the way is marked) to the most gorgeous and quiet beach. There were only about a dozen people there playing in the small waves and relaxing on the white sand with a spectacular view of some islands. The water was quite pleasant and not too cold (mid-January stay). We left after one night but if we did this trip again we should stay the two nights allowed. Toilets are available a few meters back up the exit road and there is one picnic table and a small grassy area too.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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John and Jan

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Fab walk through forest to a wonderful deserted beach with spectacular waves.

Reviewed about 3 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Dennis Wilson's avatar

Dennis Wilson

Ranking: 10/10

Great free camping but as indicated on the signs and in the site information, you must be self contained. They do check!!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Celine Romanin

Ranking: 10/10

Great location! Isolated. Short trail and beach nearby! Loved it.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Gayle Campbell


Ranking: 10/10

Small car park next to the Waiponga Reserve where there are several a walking trails. We did the ten minute walk through a pretty forest to a massive beach where we watched some surfers having fun. One picnic table. Views look onto a small body of water with lovely sunsets. There are public washrooms with sinks available. We were the only campers at the site the night we were there. Awesome spot! Thanks.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago