BAY OF PLENTY: WHAKATANE

30-Nov-13

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Otamarakau Sandpit Reserve

star rating of 3.5

by Chris Gaelic

near 1338 SH2, Pikowai, Bay of Plenty

Phone: 07 571 8008

rvexplorer id: 17931

Campsite office

Campsite office

 

Campsite sign

 

Access to the ocean beach

 

Enjoying the beach

 

 

The Otamarakau Sandpit Reserve used to be used by the rail service for collecting sand, and is now set up as a low cost campsite located right on the beach.

 

It is quite a large campground, with plenty of room for large vans. All parking is on grass, and the beach is just a short walk over the sand dune.

 

At $5 per van per night, this is an excellent, low cost location for beach activities, fishing, or just chilling out.

 

However, it is only for self-contained vehicles, and their are no facilities provided apart from the parking area. 

 

A significant negative is the trains running past - both day and night.

 

There is a campsite manager at the entrance.

 

Parking area

 

Beach access

 

Freight train

 

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