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Tunnel Point campground at Whatipū, Waitākere Ranges Regional Park

Whatipu Road


Help protect our kauri trees

To prevent the spread of kauri dieback, large sections of the Waitakere Ranges are now closed. For more information see Protect our kauri trees.

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Help protect our kauri trees

You need to clean your footwear and equipment to help prevent the spread of weeds and plant diseases such as Kauri dieback.

We have closed large sections of the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park to prevent the spread of kauri dieback. For more information see Protect our kauri trees.

Tunnel Point Campground is only accessible by foot.

Booking information

You can book our campgrounds and baches up to six months in advance (12 months for lodges) from the day you intend to arrive up until the maximum stay limit for your chosen option.

Availability refreshes at 12am (midnight) daily. So for example, a 7 night campground booking from 13 to 20 December 2019, will be available to book from 12am on 13 June 2019.

Booking with an underage group

Campground bookings for an unsupervised group under the age of 18:

You will need consent to make a campground booking when your group is aged 16 years and 17 years.

You will need to:

  1. Download our Regional Parks: Parental Consent Form (PDF 87KB)
  2. Have your legal guardian complete and sign the form.
  3. Supply your completed form when you make your booking.

For health and safety reasons, bookings for groups of people aged 15 years and under are not allowed without appropriate supervision.

All other bookings for unsupervised groups under the age of 18:

Baches, lodges and bookable sites may not be booked by people under 18. You may only use these sites with appropriate supervision.

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.

Capacity and times



Maximum stay

7 nights



$8.00 (GST inclusive)


$4.00 (GST inclusive)







Map of Whatipu, Waitakere Ranges Regional Park

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