WAIKATO: COROMANDEL EAST

The Lost Spring

star rating of 5
Park-Over Property Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Thermal Spa Available Restaurant Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Entrance to The Lost Spring The Lost Spring is a 'Pacific Island Resort' offing thermal mineral pools in a luxurious setting. And self-contained motor caravanners can stay overnight.
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South End Reserve

star rating of 4.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Fishing Location
Parking on the reserve The South End Reserve in Pauanui is right on the beachfront and allows freedom camping for certified self-contained motor caravanners.
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Kuaotunu Rest Area

star rating of 4.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Fishing Location Excellent Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Beach front parking in the evening The Kuaotunu Rest Area is a small reserve just off the main road where freedom camping is allowed for certified self-contained motor caravanners.
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Whiritoa Surf Club

star rating of 4
Freedom Camping Location Toilets Available Pet Friendly Fishing Location Good Spark mobile reception
Barbeque overlooking the beach Whiritoa Surf Club has a small parking area with public toilets where motor caravanners can freedom park overlooking the beach.
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Coroglen Reserve

star rating of 4
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Good Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Access to the river Coroglen Reserve is nestled along the banks of the Waiwawa River and spans both sides of SH25. There are public toilets, swimming holes, and plenty of parking.
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Onemana Reserve

star rating of 4
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access
Reserve parking Onemana Beach Reserve sits at the junction of two streams as they come together to flow into the harbour. Freedom camping is allowed for certified self-contained motor caravanners.
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Esplanade Drive Carpark

star rating of 4
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Fishing Location Marginal Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Council Freedom Camping sign The Esplanade Drive carpark faces the Pacific ocean and has a large parking area where freedom camping is allowed for certified self-contained motor caravanners.
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Royal Billy Point Reserve

star rating of 4
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Fishing Location
Engine block recovered from the wrecked S.S. Wairoa Royal Billy Point Reserve is right on the waterfront at the mouth of the Tairua river and provides limited freedom camping for certified self-contained motor caravanners.
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Waiponga Reserve

star rating of 4
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access
Noticeboard at the entrance to the Wildlife Refuge
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Hot Water Beach Top 10

star rating of 4
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Internet Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available Restaurant Fishing Location Walking Tracks
Holiday Park Office The Hot Water Beach Top 10 Holiday Park is and excellent campsite near one of our most beautiful beach experiences.
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Cathedral Cove Carpark

star rating of 4
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Walking Tracks
Cathedral Cove freedom parking Cathedral Cove is one of the top destinations in the Coromandel Peninsula, and there is limited overnight parking available for certified self-contained motor caravanners.
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Cooks Beach Reserve

star rating of 4
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful Marginal Vodafone mobile reception Good Spark mobile reception
Freedom camping at the beach The northern end of the Cooks Beach Reserve has direct access to the beach, and is available for freedom camping in certified self-contained vans.
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Simpsons Beach

star rating of 4
Park-Over Property Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Fishing Location
Farm house and campsite office Simpsons Beach is a large beachfront paddock on the Simpson's farm that they have made available to campers for a small fee for two generations.
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Waikawau Bay - DOC

star rating of 4
Department of Conservation Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Showers Available Power Available Large Vehicle Access Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location Walking Tracks No Vodafone mobile reception No Spark mobile reception
Campsite office The DOC campsite at Waikawau Bay is in a beautiful sheltered location with access to a sandy beach, bush walks, boating, fishing and diving.
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Little Bay Reserve

star rating of 4
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access
Parking between the arrows Little Bay Reserve is right on the beach front in a small community in Little Bay. Motor caravanners can freedom camp if certified self-contained.
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Hahei Holiday Resort

star rating of 4
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
Hahei Beach Resort Reception Hahei is very popular for its beach with safe swimming. The Holiday Resort is located right on the beach front although only a few of the powered sites have a view over the beach.
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Opoutere Coastal Camping

star rating of 3.5
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Showers Available Power Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location Walking Tracks Marginal Vodafone mobile reception Marginal Spark mobile reception
Campsite reception Opoutere Coastal Camping is in a remote, untouched location, among ancient Pohutukawa trees, with access to 5 km of white sand surf beach.
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River Glen Holiday Park

star rating of 3.5
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Internet Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available Pet Friendly
Holiday Park Office The River Glen Holiday Park is in a quiet country campsite alongside the Waiwewa River. This is great location for fresh water swimming, or just chilling out.
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Seabreeze Holiday Park

star rating of 3.5
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Internet Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available Restaurant Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful
Holiday Park office Seabreeze Holiday Park provides good camping facilities next to the Hot Water Brewing Company, with craft beers to try and a nice restaurant.
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Island View Reserve

star rating of 3.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access
Parking between the signs Island View Reserve in Whangamata is on the beachfront and provides limited freedom camping for certified self-contained motor caravanners.
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Whangamata i-Site

star rating of 3.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only
Parking between the signs The Whangamata i-Site provides limited freedom camping in it's carpark for certified self-contained motor caravanners
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Ocean Beach Rd PDS

star rating of 3.5
Public Dump Station Large Vehicle Access
Public dump station The small reserve on Ocean Beach Rd has a public dump station, and also provides freedom camping for certified self-contained motor caravanners.
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The Abrahamson Drive PDS

star rating of 3.5
Public Dump Station Fresh Water Available Large Vehicle Access
Filling up with water at the dump station The Abrahamson Drive PDS is a well designed, modern public dump station that includes potable (drinking) water for motor caravanners.
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Whitianga Campground

star rating of 3.5
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Dump Station Available
Campground office Whitianga Campground is at the northern entrance to Whitianga and provides comfortable facilities in a park-like camping environment.
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Mercury Bay Club

star rating of 3.5
Park-Over Property Large Vehicle Access Restaurant Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Entrance to the Mercury Bay Club The Mercury Bay Club is just across from the New World supermarket, and provides for free overnight parking for self-contained motor caravanners.
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Whangapoua Store Carpark

star rating of 3.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Fishing Location
Parking between the signs The Whangapoua Store Carpark is right on the waterfront and provides limited freedom camping for certified self-contained motor caravanners.
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William Mangakahia Lagoon Reserve

star rating of 3.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Toilets Available Pet Friendly Fishing Location Walking Tracks Marginal Vodafone mobile reception Good Spark mobile reception
Picnic table The William Mangakahia Lagoon Reserve provides beach front parking for accessing the walkway to New Chums beach. There is also limited freedom camping available for certified self-contained motor caravanners.
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Flaxmill Bay Hideaway

star rating of 3.5
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Internet Available Large Vehicle Access Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location
Kitchen Facilities Flaxmill Bay Hideaway is aptly named - tucked away just south of Ferry Landing. This is a more up-market experience for those who enjoy a beautifully laid out garden setting, with facilities to match.
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Hot Water Beach Rest Area

star rating of 3.5
Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location
Public toilet at the Hot Water Beach rest area This is one of those unexpected locations, off the main road and with direct access to the hot water pools that form 2 hours either side of low tide. Freedom camping isn't allowed, but this is a great location to stop for lunch, or a soak in the hot pools - or both if you can get the timing right.
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Hot Water Beach

star rating of 3.5
Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Restaurant Fishing Location
Geothermal diagram copied from the public noticeboard Hot Water Beach is a very popular beach that is on the 'must visit' list for visitors to Coromandel. The main car park area provides direct beach access, as well as a local cafe, art gallery, toilet and outside showers.
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Tairua - Paku Drive Rest Area

star rating of 3.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Fishing Location
Paku Drive Parking Area just out of Tairua Paku Drive is a few minutes drive north of Tairua and allows freedom parking looking out over the inner Tairua harbour. On the other side of the road there is beach access to the ocean beach, featuring beautiful golden sand. Suitable for swimming and surfing with lifeguards on duty during the summer season.
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Whangamata New World

star rating of 3
Park-Over Property Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Grocery Shopping
Parking in the New World carpark Whangamata New World has plenty of parking for motor caravanners to stop for groceries, and also allows overnight parking for self-contained vans.
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Whiritoa Beach Store

star rating of 3
Restaurant Grocery Shopping Fishing Location Good Spark mobile reception
Access to the beach Whiritoa Beach Store serves the local community and has access to a fantastic beach.
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Coromandel Bird Caravan 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 Quiet and Peaceful
Campsite reception and entrance to the bird park The Coromandel Bird Caravan Park at Mill Creek provides basic camping facilities and access to a large aviary with birds and some pet animals.
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Coroglen Tavern

star rating of 3
Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Restaurant Pet Friendly Good Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Entrance to the tavern The Coroglen Tavern is something of an institution at the junction of SH25 and the Tapu-Coroglen road. Well known for the entertainment provided at it's pub evenings and events, customers will sometimes stay at the local campsite, or freedom camp at the reserve just over the bridge.
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Aiken Rd Sports Reserve

star rating of 3
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access
Parking between the signs The Sports Reserve at Aiken Road in Whangamata provides limited parking for freedom campers in certified self-contained motorhomes and caravans.
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Cooks Beach Marine Parade PDS

star rating of 3
Toilets Available Public Dump Station Large Vehicle Access Marginal Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Public toilets and dump station The is a public dump station at the southern end of the Cooks Beach Reserve.
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Pleasant Point PDS

star rating of 3
Toilets Available Public Dump Station Large Vehicle Access
The public dump station There is a public dump station at the Pleasant Point Reserve. It's an excellent location for a picnic, but you can't stay overnight.
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Pauanui Glade Holiday Park

star rating of 3
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Dump Station Available
Campsite office Pauanui Glade Holiday Park is right in the centre of Pauanui and provides for mainly long term campers, but with some powered sites available for casual visitors.
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Whitianga New World Supermarket

star rating of 3
Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Grocery Shopping Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
You can also top up with diesel if needed. The New World Supermarket in Whitianga has a spacious carpark making it easy to find parking catch up on grocery shopping.
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Mercury Bay Holiday Park

star rating of 3
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Internet Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Campsite office Mercury Bay Holiday Park is a large basic campsite on the outskirts of Whitianga, and is just a short walk into the town.
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Harbourside Holiday Park

star rating of 3
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Internet Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available
Campsite office The Harbourside Holiday Park is a large basic campsite on the outskirts of Whitianga, and is just a short walk into the town.
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Buffalo Beach Reserve

star rating of 3
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access
Council sign Buffalo Beach Reserve is a very large beachfront reserve at the northern entrance to Whitianga.
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Whangapoua POP

star rating of 3
Park-Over Property Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Showers Available Power Available Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Good Spark mobile reception
Parking with a view There is a Park Over Property at 57 Te Punga Rd for motor caravanners. It's not a large area, but does have spectacular views over Whangapoua and the bay.
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Whangapoua Holiday Park

star rating of 3
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Internet Available Large Vehicle Access Quiet and Peaceful
Access to the campsite Whangapoua Holiday Park is located at the junction of State Highway 25 and the Whanagpoua access road.
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Kuaotunu Campground

star rating of 3
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Internet Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location Excellent Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Campground office The Kuaotunu Campground is located near the beach in the small Kuaotunu community.
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Cooks Beach Resort

star rating of 3
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Internet Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location
Cooks Beach Resort is set inland, just a few minutes walk from Cooks Beach. Boasting some of the most modern, and upmarket facilities, and including a swimming pool, it caters for family groups - ideal for friends to bring the kids, where they can enjoy the pool and leave the kids to play in a safe environment. Fishing is well catered for as well.
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Martyn Rd PDS

star rating of 2.5
Toilets Available Public Dump Station Large Vehicle Access Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Parking by the dump station There is a public dump station in Whangamata's Martyn Road beside the public toilets
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Whangamata Motorcamp

star rating of 2.5
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Internet Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available Pet Friendly
Campsite office Whangamata Motor Camp is in the centre of Whangamata and just a short walk from the main shopping centre.
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Lee St Carpark

star rating of 2.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access
Parking between the signs The Lee St Carpark in Whitianga is across the road from the cinema, and is available to certified self-contained motor caravanners for parking overnight.
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Buffalo Beach Rd Carpark

star rating of 2.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Parking between the council signs There is a small carpark with public toilets overlooking Buffalo Beach where limited freedom camping is allowed for certified self-contained motor caravanners.
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Quarry Point Boat Ramp

star rating of 2.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Fishing Location Excellent Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Public toilet The Quarry Point Boat Ramp has a large gravel parking area and a small public toilet. While you can stop there during the day, you can't freedom camp.
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Skippers Rd Reserve

star rating of 2.5
Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Fishing Location Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Overlooking the beach Skippers Rd Reserve fronts onto a stunningly beautiful golden sand beach, and a small grass parking area - but freedom camping is not allowed.
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Black Jack Rd Reserve

star rating of 2.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Fishing Location
Access to the beach and council signs Black Jack Rd Reserve is a road side reserve alongside a beautiful golden sand beach. Unfortunately, freedom camping is not allowed.
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Stewart Stream Reserve

star rating of 2.5
Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Fishing Location Good Vodafone mobile reception Good Spark mobile reception
Plenty of parking Stewart Stream Reserve is yet another stunningly beautiful beach location, with clean toilets. But still freedom camping is forbidden.
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Opito Bay Esplanade Reserve

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 between the signs Opito Bay Esplanade Reserve is right at the end of Black Jack Road, and allows limited freedom camping to certified self-contained motor caravanners.
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Opito Bay Rd Reserve

star rating of 2.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Fishing Location Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Moderate Spark mobile reception
Access to the beach Opito Bay Rd Reserve stretches along the beachfront side of Opito Bay Rd. There is currently no sign one way or the other concerning freedom camping.
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Ferry Landing

star rating of 2.5
Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access
Waiting for the ferry at Ferry Landing in Whitianga Ferry Landing is just north of Cooks Beach in the Coromandel Peninsula. There is a general store at the top of the hill, with a large parking area, and a short walk down to the wharf where you can catch the ferry to Whitianga.
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Tairua - Tui Terrace Rest Area

star rating of 2.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location Walking Tracks
Beachfront parking between the signs Tui Terrace provides parking for the local fishing club and visitors wanting to enjoy the safe beach. A short pleasant walk to the town centre.
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Transfer Station PDS

star rating of 2
Public Dump Station
Transfer station public dump station The Transfer Station PDS is an old public dump station that is still in use, but has been superseded by the Abrahamson Drive PDS.
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Beach Road Reserve - Whangamata

star rating of 2
Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Fishing Location Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
No Freedom Camping sign The Thames Coromandel District Council have provided an grassed area between the signs for overnight parking for certified self-contained vans. Strictly one night only and must be vacated by 7:30am.
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Tairua Holiday Park

star rating of 2
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Internet Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available Pet Friendly
Tairua Holiday Park entrance Tairua Holiday Park is owned by the Thames-Coromandel District Council and provides basic, family-focused facilities for visitors wanting to enjoy the safe swimming and beach activities that Tairua is well known for.
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TCDC Carpark

star rating of 1
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only
Parking slots The Thames-Coromandel District Council provide limited freedom camping in their carpark for certified self-contained motor caravanners.
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