Freedom Campers - book ahead to avoid disappointment

Published on 24 November 2021

Camping in public places bylaw.

If you have friends or family planning to escape Auckland (or other parts of New Zealand) to freedom camp at Whangārei’s beautiful beaches, let them know there will be fewer places to stay this summer.

Our District’s ‘first-come, first-served’ freedom camping sites fill up very quickly so several will be closed over the summer peak to ensure day to day beach goers can find a place to park and to help protect the environment.

Our advice is to book a spot at a camping ground to avoid being disappointed.

Certified self-contained vehicle users may stay for three nights anywhere else in our District where parking or camping are not prohibited, provided they use their onboard facilities and are considerate of residents and other road users.

We recommend all other campers or those wanting the convenience of public toilets book at one of our wellappointed and wellprovisioned commercial or Department of Conservation campgrounds to be sure of a place to stay.

Freedom camping sites that are closing

Sites that will be closed to freedom camping from 18 December 2021 to 8 February 2022 are the designated sites at:

  • Whangaumu Wellingtons Bay
  • Kowharewa Bay
  • Matapōuri (Wehiwehi Road)
  • Woolleys Bay West
  • Sandy Bay
  • Reyburn / Finlayson House Lane Carpark was permanently closed to campers as it is now a prohibited site for all camping.

New freedom camping sites

New sites for fully self contained vehicles have been designated at Hātea East Carpark (year round), and at Tikipunga and Onerahi Sportsparks from 18 December 2021 to Northland / Auckland Anniversary day each year.

The designated sites in the main carpark at Ocean Beach will remain open, but the grass overflow carpark there is now permanently closed for all camping.

You can view a list of where you can and cannot camp on the Freedom Camping page.

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