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Tunnel Point campground at Whatipū, Waitākere Ranges Regional Park

Whatipu Road


Help protect our kauri trees

We have closed large sections of the Waitakere Ranges to prevent the spread of kauri dieback.

When you visit our parks you need to clean your footwear and equipment to avoid transferring disease from one area to another. For more information see Protect our kauri trees.

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Booking information

Bookings can only be made six months in advance for campgrounds and baches, and 12 months in advance for lodges. Availability refreshes at midnight daily.

Booking with an underage group

Baches, lodges and bookable picnic sites cannot be booked by people under 18 years of age. You can only use these sites with appropriate supervision.

Camping sites can be booked by groups of people under 18 years of age, but you need parental consent. Read the rules about getting a camping pass for unsupervised groups under the age of 18.

How you can dispose of your waste

All our regional parks are rubbish free. Take all rubbish and recycling with you when you leave.

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About Whatipu - Tunnel Point campground

This campground is only accessible by foot.


Start from the main car park at Karekare. Walk around Karekare point at low to mid tide only. Then follow Whatipu Beach south and head inland at Tunnel Point. Walk along the edge of the swamp, then follow the Pararaha Valley track to the campsite.

Learn more about Whatipu, Waitakere Ranges Regional Park before your visit.

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Maximum stay

7 nights



$8.00 (GST inclusive)


$4.00 (GST inclusive)







Map of Whatipu, Waitakere Ranges Regional Park

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