NORTHLAND: FAR NORTH

Kauri Gumdiggers Park

star rating of 4.5
Park-Over Property Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Walking Tracks
Entrance to the museum and park The Kauri Gumdiggers Park is a real Kauri Gum Diggers camp which was active during our early pioneer history when the amber gold was the main industry in Northland. The campsite has been restored so that you can see how the pioneer gumdiggers lived and worked.. It is literally like stepping back in time. There are also some amazing examples of polished kauri gum. And, if you ask at reception, you can park overnight.
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Cape Reinga Lighthouse

star rating of 4.5
Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Walking Tracks
Cape Reinga public toilets Cape Reinga is one of New Zealand's iconic attractions, and coach loads of visitors arrive every day to walk down to the lighthouse. They peer at the small pohutukawa tree that is said to provide the steps to the sea for departing souls to leave New Zealand and return to their ancestral home in Hawaiki. And they watch the the turbulent intersection of the Pacific ocean and the Tasman sea at the northenmost tip of our country.
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Tapotupotu Bay

star rating of 4.5
Department of Conservation Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Large Vehicle Access Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location
DOC long-drop toilets Tapotupotu Bay is a stunningly beautiful and sheltered location. The DOC campsite is right on the beach, and is well maintained and caters for motor caravans of all sizes.
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Mobil Kaitaia

star rating of 4
Service Station Fresh Water Available Large Vehicle Access Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Water outlet on the side of the building Mobil Kaitaia provide fresh water as well as re-fuelling, Just check inside the Service Station first as there can be restriction over dry summers.
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Puwheke Marginal Strip

star rating of 3.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Toilets Available Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Good Spark mobile reception
Chatting to a local resident The Puwheke Marginal Strip is a small coastal reserve in Rangiputa, at the Northern tip of the Karikari Peninsula. It's a peaceful location next to a small community.
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Mangamuka Gorge Scenic Reserve

star rating of 3.5
Freedom Camping Location Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Large Vehicle Access
Parking at the front of the reserve, by the road There is a large reserve part way up the winding Mangamuka Gorge road, with a choice of open parking, or secluded parking alongside a river.
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Nofolk Motel & Campervan Park

star rating of 3.5
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Internet Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available
The swimming pool lit up at night Norfolk Motel & Campervan Park is strategically located in Awanui, at the crossroads of State Highways 1 and 10, and is well positioned to explore further north up to Cape Reinga, and down through Doubtless Bay, Whangaroa and the Bay of Islands.
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Ninety Mile Beach Holiday Park

star rating of 3.5
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Internet Available Dump Station Available Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location
Office reception at the entrance to the park The Ninety Mile Beach Holiday Park is under new management, and is getting a full makeover. Positioned within a short walk from the beach, it's a great location for fishing, and there is plenty of room to come with your friends.
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Henderson Bay

star rating of 3.5
Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location Walking Tracks No Vodafone mobile reception No Spark mobile reception
No camping sign overlooking Henderson Bay. Henderson Bay, just north of Houhora, is a beautiful golden sand beach that has been popular with the locals since the time of the early gum diggers. You can't stay overnight, but there is low cost overnight parking a short walk from the beach.
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Henderson Bay - Low Cost Parking

star rating of 3.5
Park-Over Property Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Showers Available Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location
Cottage with toilet and shower facilities The Maunsell property near Henderson Bay provides comfortable low cost overnight parking, with hot showers and toilet available in a sheltered and peaceful location. It's a 10 minute walk from the beach.
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Houhora Wharf

star rating of 3.5
Toilets Available Fishing Location
Fishing from the wharf Houhora wharf is famous for catching large kingfish, john dory and trevally directly from the wharf. And if all else fails, there is an excellent fish n chips shop across the road. You can't park overnight, but it's just a short walk to the Pukenui Holiday Park.
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Kaimaumau Recreation Reserve

star rating of 3.5
Rest Stop Large Vehicle Access Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location
Parking on the reserve near the harbour edge Kaimaumau Recreation Reserve is near the mouth of the Mangaunu Harbour. Right on the water's edge if has a great view across the harbour. Unfortunately, it is no longer available for overnight parking, but is still a greal location to spend a few hours, have a picnic, or go fishing.
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Wagner Holiday Park

star rating of 3.5
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Large Vehicle Access Restaurant Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location
The campsite reception The Wagner Holiday Park is one of the Houhora institutions. It offers a real NZ family beachside camping experience, whether for fishing, letting the kids run around, or just chilling out.
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Pukenui Holiday Park

star rating of 3.5
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location
Campsite office Pukenui Holiday Park is set back from the main road and is just a short walk from the Pukenui shopping centre and wharf. This is a prime location if you want to try you luck fishing from the wharf, or if you just want a really good meal in the local restaurant. Their fish n chips are pretty good as well.
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Houhora Tavern

star rating of 3.5
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Showers Available Power Available Large Vehicle Access Restaurant Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location
The Houhora Tavern The Houhora Tavern is New Zealand's northern-most pub, offering good pub meals, and the usual drinks, TV, and pool tables. It also provides low cost overnight parking for motor caravanners, including powered sites, and hot showers.
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Te Ahu Centre Carpark

star rating of 3.5
Park-Over Property Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Toilets Available Public Dump Station Large Vehicle Access Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Te Ahu Centre entrance The new Te Ahu Community Centre in Kaitaia has a large carpark behind the complex which also includes a dump station. Low cost overnight parking is available for self-contained motor caravanners. There is a library and museum inside which covers our early pioneer history.
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Lion Park Toilets and PDS

star rating of 3
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Toilets Available Public Dump Station Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly
The public dump station The Mangonui PDS is located in Waterfront Drive, at the southern end of Manganui town.
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Rarawa Beach

star rating of 3
Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location Walking Tracks
Sign at Rawarawa Beach entrance The fishing is good along Rarawa beach, and you can dig for Tuatuas, or just go for a walk - the beach is just over a kilometre long.
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Kaitaia RSA

star rating of 3
Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Large Vehicle Access Restaurant Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Entrance to the RSA Like many of the other Returned Serviceman Associations around New Zealand, the Kaitaia RSA provides roast dinner meals, and also allows overnight parking for certified self-contained motor caravanners, They have a large concrete carpark at the back, and also fresh water. Check in at the bar if you want to stay overnight..
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Kaitaia Pak n Save

star rating of 3
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Pak n Save Fuel The Kaitaia Pak n Save is a great place to stock up when heading north to Cape Reinga. There is plenty of parking for motor caravanners, and overnight parking is allowed if you ask nicely at the info desk.
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Spirits Bay

star rating of 3
Department of Conservation Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Showers Available Large Vehicle Access Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location
Campsite toilets and showers Spirits Bay (Kapowairua) is probably the most well known of the Far North bays, and is dramatically beautiful. The DOC campsite is a 5 minute walk from the beach. You need to drive along 16 kms of gravel road to get there, but this stunning location really is worth it.
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Rarawa Beach Campsite

star rating of 3
Department of Conservation Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Showers Available Large Vehicle Access Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location Walking Tracks
NZ Pied Shag overlooking the river Rarawa Beach, or Paxton Point, campsite is located along the banks of a river, and a short walk from a stunning white sand beach. A great location for a picnic, going for a walk, or just chilling out.
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Ahipara Holiday Park

star rating of 3
Holiday Park or Campsite Golf Club Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Internet Available Large Vehicle Access Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location
Beach buggy off to a fishing site Just a short drive from Kaitaia to the ninety mile beach, Ahipara is a seaside community with just a few shops, quality accommodation, and a beachfront golf course. Ahipara is famous for it's annual fishing competition which attracts enthusiast from around the country.. Ahipara Holiday Park.is the best place to stay for motor caravanners.
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Kaitaia Centre Park

star rating of 2.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Freedom Camping sign Kaitaia Centre Park is one of the Far North District Councils designated freedom parking areas for certified self-contained motor caravanners.
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Lake Ngatu

star rating of 2.5
Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Fishing Location Walking Tracks
Entrance to Lake Ngatu Lake Ngatu is a freshwater lake on the way to the Ninety Mile Beach from Waipapakauri. Popular in the summer for swimming, boating and family picnics, it's also a nice location for motor caravanners to roll in and take a break.
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Waipapakauri Hotel

star rating of 2.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Toilets Available Public Dump Station Showers Available Large Vehicle Access Restaurant
The bar inside the hotel - on a quiet day Waipapakauri Hotel is on the main road just north of Awanui. There is a large grass parking area behind the hotel that is available for motor caravanners to park overnight. Check at the bar when you arrive, or phone in ahead of time.
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Unahi Reserve

star rating of 2
Quiet and Peaceful
Fishing boats moored at Utahi Bay Unahi Reserve is a commercial fishing parking area, with a wharf and a boat ramp. Self-contained motor caravanners can park overnight.
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Mangamuka Gorge - Summit Carpark

star rating of 1.5
Rest Stop Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly
Memorial to Henry Havelock Thompson The public carpark at the summit of Mangamuka Gorge provide somewhere to take a break from the long drive up.
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