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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John Russell 's avatar

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 21 days ago

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 21 days 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 almost 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 2 years ago

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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 2 years ago

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 about 2 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 about 2 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 about 2 years ago

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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 over 2 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 almost 3 years ago

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Jane Wilkinson

Ranking: 6/10

Pretty beach with public loos about 100m from the overnight parking bays - though warning we witnessed a local lady rudely yelling at some other freedom campers for using the toilets.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Patty's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Only in a beach car park, but nice and handy for a swim. Get quieter in the evening.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Jaap Kuik

Ranking: 7/10

The Beachfront reserve is a beaytiful spot and the beach is breathtaking. The space where freedom camping is allowed is miserably small and uneven. Our 7mtr. van filled the whole space between the signs and we had to use blocks to level it a bit. Pity because there is so much flat area next to it. Hope that the Council looks into it. Apart from this, we had a nice stay.
We just had a local man around who had received a nr of complaints of us using up the whole spot. But he agreed that we could not park otherwise as we would block through traffic.
We feel sorry for others, but we were in first. Heard from the local there were far more good flat spots in the past but the campers themselves stuffed it up by fouling up this beautiful place. What a shame.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago