TARANAKI: NEW PLYMOUTH

Lake Mangamahoe

star rating of 4.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Quiet and Peaceful
Mount Taranaki viewed over the lake Lake Mangamahoe has a small parking area with an absolutely stunning view over the lake to Mt Taranaki. It's down a long drive off the main highway.
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North Egmont Visitor Centre

star rating of 4.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Restaurant Quiet and Peaceful Walking Tracks
Entrance to the Visitor Centre and Cafe The North Egmont Visitor Centre is a stunning location at the base of Mt Taranaki. There are walking tracks, and a cafe for refreshments.
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Belt Rd Seaside Holiday Park

star rating of 4.5
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Internet Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available Fishing Location Excellent Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Holiday Park Office The Belt Rd Seaside Holiday Park is strategically located with excellent facilities and stunning views over the Taranaki Harbour.
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Pukekura Park

star rating of 4.5
Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Restaurant Quiet and Peaceful Walking Tracks
Waterfall within the park Pukekura Park is a beautifully landscaped, large public domain in the heart of New Plymouth city. Visitors can go rowing on the lake, walk through exotic gardens, attend public concerts, or just go walking through the many tracks throughout the gardens.
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Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park

star rating of 4
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available Pet Friendly Fishing Location Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Good Spark mobile reception
Holiday Park Office Fitzroy Beach Holiday Park is right next to the beach, with 100 sites and excellent facilities. The campsite is spacious,and you can park overlooking the beach, making this an excellent base for exploring New Plymouth.
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Kawaroa Park

star rating of 4
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Walking Tracks Excellent Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Slides down to the Coastal Walkway Kawaroa Park is a fun place to take kids, with an Aquatic Centre, Tennis and Squash Club, and magnificent views over the harbour. Overnight parking is allowed in self-contained vans
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Cape Egmont Boat Club

star rating of 4
Park-Over Property Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Fishing Location Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Entrance to the Cape Egmont Boat Club The Cape Egmont Boat Club is in a stunning location with views of Mt Taranaki, its own lighthouse, and spacious on-grass parking for self-contained motor caravanners
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Brooklands Zoo & Art Gallery

star rating of 4
Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Walking Tracks
Entrance to the Brooklands Park Zoo The Brooklands Park Zoo is free to visit and includes an adventure playground - a great location to bring children. It is part of the Pukekura Park complex, opposite the soundshell, and next to an art gallery and the Kumming Chinese sister city memorial.
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Lake Rotomanu Reserve

star rating of 4
Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Walking Tracks
Jet skiing on the lake Lake Rotomanu is in the Fitzroy suburb of New Plymouth. Alongside the Waiwhakaiho River, and connecting to the Coastal Walkway, this is a beautiful aquatic playground, used for water sports, fishing, picnics, or just going out for a stroll. The new bridge across the river is an attraction in it's own right.
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Pukeiti Domain

star rating of 4
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Public Dump Station Large Vehicle Access
Entrance to the gardens Pukeiti Domain is famous for its rhododendron collection, set in a 360 ha rainforest property located between Mt Taranaki and New Plymouth. Beautifully landscaped with stunning displays, it is a great location to explore. There is a very nice cafe, and you are able to park overnight in the parking area. There is also a sheltered extension to the car park, off the main road, which you can also use.
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Onaero Bay Holiday Park

star rating of 4
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Internet Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available Pet Friendly Fishing Location
Office and shop The Onaero Bay Holiday Park is a large campsite, straddling the banks of the Onaero river and nestled in an ocean bay. It is beautifully landscaped, with plenty of choice for parking, and is also a very popular location for whitebaiting in season.
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Tongaporutu Domain

star rating of 3.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Toilets Available Pet Friendly Fishing Location Walking Tracks
Parking area overlooking the river The Tongaporutu Domain is just north of New Plymouth and has a small parking area with toilets and a walk along the river to see the 3 Sisters on the beach.
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Mokau Rd Rest Area

star rating of 3.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly
Parking with a picnic table and a sea view The Mokau Rd Rest Area is on the coast along State Highway 3 just before heading inland at Mokau.
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AA Testing Station - Bell Block

star rating of 3.5
Public Dump Station
Public Dump Station The Bell Block AA Testing Station provides both a public dump station and drinking water for motor caravanners
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Inglewood Golf Club

star rating of 3.5
Freedom Camping Location Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Large Vehicle Access Restaurant Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Good Spark mobile reception
Parking area overlooking the golf course Inglewood Golf Club provides overnight parking for self-contained motor caravanners. With good facilities and a great view of Mt Taranaki, this is a good choice, especially if you are travelling with your own golfing gear.
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Len Lye Centre

star rating of 3.5
Restaurant Excellent Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Foyer entrance to the gallery The Len Lye Centre is part of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, and features an exhibition of some of Len Lye's more well known works.
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Waitara District Services & Citizens Club

star rating of 3.5
Park-Over Property Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Fresh Water Available Large Vehicle Access Restaurant Excellent Vodafone mobile reception Good Spark mobile reception
Entrance to the club and restaurant The Waitara District Services & Citizens Club offers overnight parking for self-contained motor caravanners. Meals are also available in their restaurant.
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Cape Egmont Lighthouse

star rating of 3.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Moderate Spark mobile reception
Stairs up to the base of the lighthouse Cape Egmont Lighthouse has a small parking area at the coast at the end of Cape Road where self-contained motor caravanners can park overnight. You can walk up to the base of the lighthouse.
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Volcano View Restaurant

star rating of 3.5
Park-Over Property Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Showers Available Large Vehicle Access Restaurant Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Good Spark mobile reception
Entrance to the restaurant Volcano View Restaurant features a stunning view of Mt Taranaki from its restaurant, and is also a Park Over Property for motor caravanners
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Mount Moturoa Domain

star rating of 3.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Quiet and Peaceful
Parking with a view Mt Moturoa Domain is a circular parking area on top of a local landmark with stunning views out over New Plymouth. On a clear day, Mt Taranaki is in full view. While self-contained motor caravanners can overnight here, it might be a bit exposed on a windy day.
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Hobson Street Rest Area

star rating of 3.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Walking Tracks
Looking out over the harbour and Coastal Walkway The public carpark at the end of Hobson Street overlooks the harbour and is a very popular location for local people to stop for lunch, as well as for some quiet time in the evenings. Overnight parking is allowed for self-contained vans.
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Tongaporutu Rest Area

star rating of 3
Freedom Camping Location Rest Stop Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly
Rest area parking The Tongaporutu Rest Area is immediately north of the road turning off to the Tongaporutu community and domain. It overlooks the river and is equipped with picnic tables.
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Whitebait Inn Motorcammp

star rating of 3
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Fishing Location
Campsite sign The Whitebait Inn Motorcamp is in the coastal town of Mokau, where SH3 leaves the coast to head inland towards Te Kuiti.
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Mahoenui Rest Area

star rating of 3
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only
Rest area parking The Mahoenui Rest Area is alongside the Mangaotaki Stream, and is available for freedom camping in self contained vans.
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Manukorihi Golf Club

star rating of 3
Park-Over Property Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Showers Available Power Available Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
On grass parking area Manukorihi Golf Club provides for overnight parking for self-contained motor caravanners.
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Fitzroy Golf Club

star rating of 3
Park-Over Property Golf Club Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Fresh Water Available Pet Friendly Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Good Spark mobile reception
Entrance to the Golf Club on a busy afternoon The Fitzroy Golf Club in right on the beach front, and provides overnight parking to self-contained motor caravanners.
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Marine Park Motor Camp

star rating of 3
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available Pet Friendly Fishing Location Excellent Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Camp Site Office The Marine Park Motor Camp in Waitara offers spacious parking and is opposite a large reserve that continues down to the beach and includes a nice cafe across the road in the reserve.
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Paritutu Centennial Park 1

star rating of 3
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access
Paritutu Rock and parking area The Paritutu Centennial Park runs along the coast just south-west from New Plymouth. There are 3 public carparks for accessing the park and each has a beautiful view out over the harbour. There is plenty of parking for motor caravanners, and it should be ok for self-contained vans to park overnight. However, there are no toilets. If you need these, then you should drive a couple of km further to the second parking area.
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Paritutu Centennial Park 2

star rating of 3
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Walking Tracks
Access to the walkway from the carpark This the second of 3 parking areas for accessing the Paritutu Centennial Park and the walkway that runs along the coastline. Complete with great views over the harbour and well maintained public toilets, this is a really nice location to stop for a break, or overnight if you ar self-contained.
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Oakura Beach Holiday Park

star rating of 3
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available Pet Friendly Fishing Location
Oakura Beach Holiday Park Office The town of Oakura is just 15 minutes south of New Plymouth, and the holiday park is located right on the beach beside a small public reserve. There is safe swimming and surfing, good fishing, and nature walks.
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Urenui Beach Camp

star rating of 3
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Internet Available Dump Station Available Fishing Location
Urenui Beach Reception and Shop Urenui Beach Campsite is located at the southern entrance to New Plymouth and offers spacious grounds with plenty of choice for parking, and access to the beach.
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Mike's Organic Brewery

star rating of 3
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Restaurant Pet Friendly
Entrance to Mike's Organic Brewery Mike's Organic Brewery has a large cafe and offers beer tasting daily between 10am and 5pm. Self-contained motorhomes can also park overnight at no cost.
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Paora Rd Beach

star rating of 2.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location No Vodafone mobile reception No Spark mobile reception
Parking overlooking the beach Paora Rd Beach has a grass reserve overlooking the beach where self-contained motor caravanners can freedom park.
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The Green Shed

star rating of 2.5
Park-Over Property Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Large Vehicle Access Fishing Location Walking Tracks Marginal Vodafone mobile reception Good Spark mobile reception
Possible motorhome parking area The Green Shed offers overnight parking for self-contained motor caravanners.
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Waitara Town & Country Club

star rating of 2.5
Park-Over Property Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Restaurant Good Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Entrance to the Waitara Town & Country Club The Waitara Town & Country Club offers overnight parking for self-contained motor caravanners. You can also take time off cooking and eat at the restaurant.
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AT&T Museum

star rating of 2.5
Freedom Camping Location Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Power Available Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly No Vodafone mobile reception Good Spark mobile reception
Entrance to the AT&T Museum The Taranaki Aviation, Transport and Technology Museum also offers overnight parking for self-contained motor caravanners.
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Meeting of the Waters Reserve

star rating of 2.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Quiet and Peaceful Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Good Spark mobile reception
Parking overlooking the river The Meeting of the Waters Reserve has a small parking area overlooking the river where self-contained motor caravanners can park overnight.
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Mobil PDS

star rating of 2.5
Service Station Public Dump Station Fresh Water Available Large Vehicle Access Excellent Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Signposted access to the Mobil PDS The Mobil Service Station includes a public dump station
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Cape Egmont Coast Rd

star rating of 2.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Moderate Spark mobile reception
Rest area parking There is a small rest area along Coast Rd where you could park over in a self-contained van.
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Corbett Park

star rating of 2.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Toilets Available Fishing Location Moderate Vodafone mobile reception
Exploring the river Corbett Park is a community sport and recreation area located along the banks of the Oakura river and the harbour. There are no signs forbidding overnight parking, but you should check with someone locally before you do.
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BP 2GO New Plymouth - PDS

star rating of 2.5
Service Station Toilets Available Public Dump Station Fresh Water Available Large Vehicle Access
Public dump station with fresh water The New Plymouth BP 2GO service station provides a public dump station, including fresh water.
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Lee Breakwater Parking Area

star rating of 2.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Restaurant Fishing Location Excellent Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Bach on Breakwater restaurant entrance The Lee Breakwater parking area is a very large public carpark right on the waters edge, and at the beginning of the Coastal Walkway. There is a very good restaurant, and clean toilets. And, in spite of the prominent No Camping sign at the entrance, self-contained vans are able to park overnight during the off-season between April and the end of October.
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Seaview Holiday Park

star rating of 2.5
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available Pet Friendly Fishing Location
The office-reception building Seaview Holiday Park is a traditional Kiwi campsite mostly catering for locals wanting to do some fishing, or to take a break at the beach. The beach is a typical west coast black sand beach, which should be good surfing as well as fishing. The campsite is spacious and reasonably sheltered from both the wind and road noise.
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Tainui-Wetere Domain

star rating of 2
Park-Over Property Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Public Dump Station Fresh Water Available Power Available Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly
Parking area on the campsite The Tainui-Wetere Domain is a small, low cost campsite with basic facilities. It's just off the SH3 north of New Plymouth, just before heading inland at Mokau.
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Stent Rd Beach

star rating of 2
Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location Marginal Vodafone mobile reception Marginal Spark mobile reception
Public toilet There is a small reserve with access to the beach at the end of Stent Rd. You can stop for a picnic, but are not allowed to park overnight
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Greenwood Road Beach Parking

star rating of 2
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location
Walking along the beach The beach front along Greenwood Road has a grass verge for parking and is available for self-contained vans to park overnight.
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Okato Domain

star rating of 2
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Quiet and Peaceful Walking Tracks
Okato Domain Okato Domain is a spacious community sports facility, with a sports field, squash courts and bowling green. There is plenty of sealed parking and self-contained vans can park overnight.
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Mount Messenger Rest Area

star rating of 1
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access
Picnic table The Mount Messenger Rest Area is a council managed parking area. It's not large and alongside a busy highway. Overnight parking is allowed for self-contained motor caravans.
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