Restricted and Prohibited Areas

Prohibited Areas

The following roads, areas, towns and reserves do not allow freedom camping.

THAMES
Albert Street Turning Circle
Kauaeranga Valley Toilet Block Pull-Over Area
Kopu Boat Ramp
Kuranui Bay Reserve
Rocky's Track Car Park, Dickson Park Reserve, Tararu
Tararu Beachfront South Reserve
Tararu Creek Reserve
Tararu Cultural Art Centre Reserve
TCDC Thames Office and Library Car Parks
Te Puru Boat Ramp and Parking Area
Te Puru Domain Car Park
Te Puru Reserves
Te Puru Beach Front between Tatahi Street and Aputa Avenue
Te Mata Creek Boat Ramp Launch Area
Waikawau Reserve
William Hall Reserve Car Park

COROMANDEL-COLVILLE
Amodeo Bay Boat Launching and Parking Area
Fletcher Bay Road
Furey’s Creek Boat Ramp and Netball Court Area
Kennedy Bay Road, Kennedy Bay
Kikowhakarere Reserve (Shelly Beach Reserve)
Long Bay Road to Wharf Road Including Coromandel Wharf
Oamaru Bay, Colville
Otautu Wharf Road, Coromandel
Port Jackson Road, Port Jackson
Pottery Lane, Coromandel
Sugarloaf Wharf
Te Kouma Road and Hannafords Wharf
TCDC Coromandel Office Car Park
Tuateawa Boat Ramp Road Reserve
Carey Road Esplanades and Foreshore Area, Port Charles 

MERCURY BAY
All Black Jack Road and Otama Beach Road, including all pull over areas
Dundas Street Boat Ramp
Hahei Settlement
Hot Water Beach Settlement
Te Puia Reserve
Kuaotunu Coastal Reserves
Matarangi Beachfront Reserves
Opito Bay Road and Skippers Road Reserve and Jack Mills Reserve, Opito Bay
Robinson Road Reserve and Boat Launch Area, Whitianga
Shakespeare Cliff Reserve, Cooks Beach
The Esplanade and Wharf, Whitianga
The Village Green Reserve, Matarangi
Whangapoua Beach and Wharf Including Associated Areas
Winiata Place, Wharekaho
42 Albert Street, Whitianga

TAIRUA-PAUANUI
Gallagher Park Lane, Pauanui
Hikuai Hall Reserve, Tairua
Kennedy Park, Pauanui
Paku Summit, Tairua
Pauanui Waterways Esplanade Reserves
Pauanui Waterways Parade Car Parks
Pleasant Point Reserve and Access Way, Pauanui
Sailors Grave, Te Karo Bay
9 Harvard Court, Pauanui
91A Pauanui Boulevard Pull-Over Area

WHANGAMATA
Beach Road Reserves
Hunt Road Beach Access Route
Library and TCDC Area Office Car Park
Otahu Point Reserve
Te Titoki Reserve

Restricted Areas

The following areas do allow freedom camping. Only certified self-contained freedom camping is permitted in restricted areas with the following restrictions and any further specific restrictions to that area.

  • Vehicles to freedom camp only in the designated area
  • Departure by 9am
  • Maximun stay of two consecutive nights

THAMES
Danby Field Car Park and Entrance
Rhodes Park Reserves (all campers must depart on Saturday mornings)
South of Waikawau Reserve 
Tapu Domain and Beachfront Reserves
Tararu Beachfront North Reserve
Te Mata Point Reserve 
Brown Street and Esplanade Reserves from Walter Street to Thames Squash Club
Waiomu Domain - Beachfront
Waipatukahu Point Reserve, Tapu 

COROMANDEL-COLVILLE
Kapanga Road 
Little Bay Recreational Reserve
Woollams Avenue

MERCURY BAY
Beachfront Reserves, Cooks Beach
Buffalo Beach, Whitianga
Car Park off Tangiora Avenue, Whangapoua
Egans Park Reserve, Kaimarama
Flaxmill Bay, Ferry Landing and Front Beach, Mercury Bay
Lee Street Car Park, Whitianga (Area available from 5pm)
Omara Boat Ramp Reserve, Matarangi
TCDC Mercury Bay Area Office Monk Street Car Park (Area available from 5pm)

TAIRUA-PAUANUI
Royal Billy Point Reserve, Pauanui
South End Reserves, Pauanui
Tui Terrace and Wharf Road, Tairua
Waitoko Stream Esplanade (Grahams Creek), Tairua
Corner of Ocean Beach Road and Manaia Road Causeway
25 Paku Drive, Tairua

WHANGAMATA
Aickin Road Sports Reserve (All campers must depart on Saturday mornings)
Information Centre Car Park (Available from 5pm)
Island View Reserve (All campers must depart on Saturday mornings)
Onemana Beach Reserves, Onemana
Waiponga Reserve, Opoutere 

If you want to camp in any of these areas remember to park in the designated area which is sign-posted.