Marsden Bay Reserve

Marsden Bay Reserve

Overnight Campervan Parking



6 Rankers Reviews

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137 Freedom Camping

30 Whangarei





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


Feature Value Info


North IslandNorthlandWhangarei


  • Freedom Camping
  • Free


Lisa's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great spot with playground right next to it if you have kids. I'm traveling with 2 littlies and they enjoyed the playground and the beach. The toilets are basic but clean.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Zoe's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Perfect for a free stop over spot only thing it didn’t have was any showers but apart from that it was decent. Had a lovely view of the bay which was nice to wake up too. Easy 10 spots available.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Jess's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Area was lovely, not much going on but the bathrooms were clean and the sea was lovely for a walk along. Was also not especially noisy in the morning.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Asia's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Over all one of the best freedom camping spots. It seems to be far from Hwy 1 but it really isn't. Quiet, peaceful, beautiful bay that's good for swimming, good play ground and good toilets. Large flat parking lot right next to the water, play ground and toilets.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Dan's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Good for Self Contained and Non-Self Contained campervans (no tenting). Large open parking lot right on the side of the beach. There are no signs to park between like most other spots, but if you read the sign at the entrance it shows the whole gravel lot is open. Washrooms are open all night, no lights in them so use a headlamp, also very basic/not high end!
Overall great spot, and easy to get to!

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Ewan Evans

Ranking: 6/10

Free spot with a public toilet next to it. Toilet was ok, not great. View of bay was nice though you do see the oil refinery! Can’t complain too much for free.
When we were there we had two guys sitting around slightly weirdly. Turns out they were intending to camp the night but it just felt odd - they kept glancing over and driving off and coming back. Not sure what it was about, and I’m sure it was just a one off.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago