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Matheson Bay West

star rating of 3.5

by Chris Gaelic

near end of Matheson Bay Rd, Leigh, Hibiscus Coast, Auckland

rvexplorer id: 20532

Lat-Long: -36.30066, 174.79723

The Freedom Camping Trial is now finished, and you might not be able to stay at this location
The Council is presently reviewing their Freedom Camping Bylaw
The freedom campling locations at Snells Beach and Algies Bay are still available

Freedom Camping area

Freedom Camping area


Freedom Camping sign


Matheson Bay West is a small parking area with on-grass reserve parking where self-contained motor caravanners can Freedom Camp.


It was mid-winter when we called in to check out the new Auckland Regional Council Freedom Camping locations, and the grass reserve was fenced off as it was too wet for driving on. This would be a great location in the summer though.


You are connected to the main Matheson Bay Reserve by a footbridge, or you can walk around the beach. 

Matheson Bay West




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06:47 PM 01-Feb-18 by Delta from Mangonui Public
Great spot been stormy all day and we had no trouble parking our motorhome and boat on the wet grass. Very sheltered and one of the best freedom spots we have stayed at. Finding fresh water for our tanks was the hardest thing.