Several of our District’s ‘first-come, first-served’ freedom camping sites will be closed over the summer peak to help protect the environment and ensure day to day beach goers can find a place to park.
Sites that will be closed to freedom camping from 18 December to 8 February are the designated sites at Whangaumu Wellingtons Bay, Kowharewa Bay, Matapōuri (Wehiwehi Road), Woolleys Bay West and Sandy Bay. The Reyburn/ Finlayson House Lane Carpark has been permanently closed to campers.
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 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.
Certified self-contained vehicle users may stay for three nights anywhere parking or camping are not prohibited, provided they use their onboard facilities and are considerate of residents and other road users. Campers wanting the convenience of public toilets, please book at one of our District’s commercial or Department of Conservation campgrounds to be sure of a place to stay.
Remember: camping is prohibited in 38 places, make sure you don’t stay at one of them! If you are planning to camp in a public place check your plans against our rules first.