12 Rankers Reviews
53 Freedom Camping
All freedom campers must be certified self-contained.
Maximum stay of two consecutive nights, departure by 9am.
Location - Eastern side of the reserve against parcel boundary, grass area between pine trees.
Size - 20 metres north from the shingle road and 10 metres wide.
Look for the Freedom Camping signage and park where designated.
North Island ▷ Coromandel ▷ Whitianga
A limited area within a large parking facility mainly for boat owners.
Very peaceful with great views, a 10 to 15 minute walk to an area with shops, cafe and bar.
The boat launching activity started early but not too intrusive.
Great campsite by the water, basic toilets but clean.
Only space for 6/7 campers though, so when we arrived at about 5pm it was almost full. A warden came around and said we needed to be within the two signs and if we could squeeze our front end into a small gap she’d let us stay, but after she’d left loads of other vans turned up and just parked anywhere which is a shame as it’s not in the spirit of responsible camping.
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10/10 beautiful campsite!! We loved this place.
Very calm parking area in the middle of the nature, clean toilets, one of the best of our trip. Free ! Few camping tables facing the water and the mountains, beautiful sunset.
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Andy and Julia
This is an amazing hidden gem. Beautiful spot next to the water away from busy streets and car parks. A few people jetting off with their boats at the wharf, so good to watch. Flush toilets open all night and were clean enough. You can fit 6 in there comfortably, or 8 with a squeeze. Can’t complain about this spot. One of our favourites.
A great place to stay that is suitable for Motorhomes. We have found many freedom camping spots can only accommodate cars or small vans. You can fish from the wharf, watch the boats coming and going or be entertained by stingrays swimming in the shallows.
Nice spot near the water room for 6 campers, boat ramp very busy so good for people watching, clean toilets.
Can’t believe this place, arrived and looked great triangle area under trees. There were campers all squashed in corner and giving us funny looks. We ended up working out you're only allowed in one tiny corner so not much room and if too late all gone. Not room for more then say 6 campers. It’s crazy, someone does not like freedom camping their and pushed them all into a corner!
Awesome peaceful spot, nice clean loos (with paper) dogs welcome and the area is a dog exercise area, so ok off lead.
Great location, looks ideally placed for sea kayaking some of the rocky coast just north of here, easy to find just keep driving through new housing area. Toilets, BBQ points (total fire ban at the moment). Ideal for boat launching and sea kayaking.
View of the sea and mountains.
Luckily we got here at 5pm and took the last spot, though I'm sure with 20m x 10m area vans could go in the front of parked vans.
Company of other freedom campers was amazing, this really is what it is all about, switch off the TV and sit outside chatting to new people, no matter what their language.
Nice spot under some trees. There are clean flush toilets and a picnic table.
One of the best sites visited, and free! Quiet, and had the place to ourselves. Public toilet (flushing) on site which is cleaned daily. Could be busier at weekends and in high season with boat launching by local fishermen, but this would add to the interest. Pleasant walk along estuary to spit at river mouth.