Ruakaka Beach Reserve

Ruakaka Beach Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking


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One night maximum
Vehicles must be self contained
You must park in the designated site that is indicated by signage
If the site is full, you must move on


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North IslandNorthlandWhangarei


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


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Louise's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Felt extremely safe here. Overnight parking is on the opposite side to the toilets. Clean toilets. Lovely little cafe at the reserve entrance where we got coffee and hot chocolate the next morning. Friendly staff and residents. Beautiful place to wake up to the next morning. 4other campers there at the same time as us, one of these was a motor home, didn’t get moved on but this could be because it’s winter? Would definitely stay again.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Marg Dale

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Super clean toilets. Amazing beach where we watched sun come up. View of mar point refinery. Woken to yummy smells from cafe over road. One other van also using

Reviewed 5 months ago

Tessie's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

A great spot nestled behind the sand dunes right beside a gloriously long beach. Pohutukawa trees provide shade on one side. Beautiful sunrise views Stars overnight with the smelter flames firing up on the northern vista. Cars driving closely past on the gravel road throughout the day but mostly slowly and mindful Public toilet clean and available 24/7.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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John Russell

Ranking: 8/10

Great little spot handy to an awesome sandy beach with a toilet and cafe nearby. But we were moved on because the signage said vehicles must be less than 4 metres long ? I know no such thing . The Guy from the council was letting vans stay, just not motor homes. Was told the Council is soon to ban all freedom camping.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Debbie's avatar


Ranking: 4/10

Great site but we got moved on because the Max vehicle length allowed is 4metres. Not many campervans fit in that category! Have to say the council guy was very helpful and told us we could park at the domain down the road by the river.

Reviewed 11 months ago

Asia's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Very busy. Get there before dinner to get a spot and squeeze into one of the five spots available in a parking lot. A beautiful wild beach is on the other side a small sand dunes. Lovley cafe that closes at 3pm. Be careful of grumpy hotel owner/manager next door who feels he has the authority over the freedom campers.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Michael S

Ranking: 10/10

6 Stellplätze, genau markiert wo man stehen darf. Tolle windgeschützte Location hinter den Dünen. Platz ist in der Nacht beleuchtet und Toiletten sind vorhanden mit Waschbecken.
Strand ist in traumhafter Bucht gelegen!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Ashleigh's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice little car park behind the sand dunes with space for about 6 vans. Clean toilets which were open all night but no showers or water tap. Really quiet & lovely beach to walk along.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Dan's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Self contained campervans only! Great spot with spectacular beach!! No really leave spots to park, but nicely sheltered from the wind. Space for 6, the signs are on both sides of the parking lot opposite the washrooms. Residents in the area are pretty strict about the camping rules (don’t park even partially outside the signs!) but a great spot to walk the beach!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Steve Hirst


Ranking: 9/10

This was the first freedom camping we did. And it was a great experience.
There is only little space and the site is a little uneven. But at least this was for free.
The public toilets is also a plus.
Local people were nice and helpfull. We also got some information on freedom camping etc. for this region.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Sarah's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Nice little & quiet spot right behind the dunes of an very beautiful beach. Clean toilets with hand wash (might take your own toilet paper). One night max, space for about 6 vans of parked properly. Highly recommend to take a walk at the beach in the early morning. Beautiful and sooo quiet. Enjoy.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Amy's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice quiet spot nestled behind the sand dunes. Nice beach. Clean toilets. Only space for 5 vehicles and no large vehicles. No drinking water.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Olivia McConaghie

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

A great stop off. A few turns off the main road. This was our first stop of our trip and we arrived late at night. Beware the area for freedom camping is designated between arrows on the left side of the car park. 2 toilets. Both clean. Right beside the sea. Can hear waves at night. We got woken up at 730am by council as we were not parked in correct spot.

Reviewed over 3 years ago