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Camping in a self-contained vehicle or campervan

There are many scenic spots around Auckland where you can camp in a self-contained vehicle or campervan.

​Where you can camp in a vehicle

Ambury

This local farm park lies among the southern suburbs facing the Manukau Harbour.

Take in various farm animals as you wander around the open pasture and enjoy this significant habitat for shorebirds.

Book a parking space at Ambury campground

Ātiu Creek

A central location on farm land and close to native bush with easy access to many walks and horse riding and mountain biking tracks.

A horse holding paddock next to the campground allows riders horses to stay while they camp.

For the safety of campers, horses are not allowed in the campground.

Book a parking space at Ātiu Creek parking area

Āwhitu 

Peaceful Āwhitu lies on the southwest shores of the Manukau Harbour and offers parkland pastures, wetlands and safe, sandy beaches.

Book a parking space at Āwhitu parking area

Huia

Huia is a quiet settlement on the north shore of the Manukau Harbour.

It has tidal beaches, picnic spots, campsites, and a huge choice of walks.

Book a parking space at Huia Barn Paddock SCC parking area

Mahurangi

Sullivan's Bay is an easily accessed, vehicle-based campground.

It is very popular, so book early.

It is a great location for swimming, picnics, water sports, walking, and exploring.

Book a parking space at Mahurangi parking area

Ōmana

Ōmana Regional Park provides outstanding views of the inner Hauraki Gulf.

An ideal family park with a shelly beach offering safe swimming at high tide.

Book a parking space at Omana parking area 

Shakespear

Stay in Te Haruhi Bay Campground and experience an open sanctuary by night with the chance to see glow worms near the waterfall.

Te Haruhi Bay Campground is a great location for swimming, picnics, water sports, walking, and exploring.

Book a parking space at Shakespear campground

Tāpapakanga 

An attractive coastal farm park, Tāpapakanga offers an accessible, pohutukawa-edged beach on the western shores of the Firth of Thames.

Book a parking space at Tāpapakanga parking area

Tāwharanui

There are two campgrounds on the northern coast of Tāwharanui Regional Park, giving you the chance to stay overnight in an open sanctuary and hear the call of a kiwi:

  • Tāwharanui Tents-Only Campground, a stand alone tent-only campground with a capacity of 200 people
  • Tawharanui All Modes Campground, an all-vehicle (up to 8m in length) campground with a capacity of 80 people.

These are the most popular camping grounds in the regional parks network.

Book early if you are planning to stay over the summer months.

Book a parking space at Tāwharanui parking area

Waharau

On the eastern side of the rugged Hunua Ranges, Waharau extends from the range to the coast.

Enjoy farmland, river banks, and forest for camping, picnics, walking, and mountain biking.

Book a parking space at Waharau parking area

Wenderholm

Campers staying in the Schischka Campground enjoy peaceful views over the Puhoi Estuary.

It is an easy walk to the park's walking tracks, beach, and main grounds and there is good access to the Puhoi River for water activities.

Book a parking space at Wenderholm parking area

Whakanewha

This park, located on the western side of Waiheke Island, offers sheltered swimming on a long, sweeping beach with a bush-clad backdrop.

There are vehicle camping and picnic sites on the foreshore.

Book a parking space at Whakanewha parking area

Whatipu

You can park and camp at the Whatipu Lodge campground.

This campground is managed privately.

For more information, call 09 811 8860 or email info@whatipulodge.co.nz.

Book a parking space at Whatipu parking area