NORTHLAND: TUTUKAKA

Whananaki North Boat Ramp

star rating of 4.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location Marginal Vodafone mobile reception Moderate Spark mobile reception
Parking overlooking the estuary. Whananaki North Boat Ramp has a stunning view over the Whananaki Estuary, and include a sealed parking area were self-contained motor caravanners can park overnight.
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Whangaumu Bay

star rating of 4
Freedom Camping Location Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Fishing Location Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Marginal Spark mobile reception
Parking in Whangaumu Bay Whangaumu Bay has a large beachfront reserve where overnight camping is allowed in motorhomes.
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Whananaki Beach Store

star rating of 4
Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Restaurant Grocery Shopping Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location Walking Tracks Marginal Vodafone mobile reception Moderate Spark mobile reception
Sign for the Whananaki Beach Store The small community in Whananaki North includes a country store with an outdoor cafe, and is also well known for providing access to the longest footbridge in the southern hemisphere.
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Kauakarangi Bay & PDS

star rating of 4
Toilets Available Public Dump Station Fishing Location Excellent Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Picnic table overlooking the beach Kauakarangi Bay is a stunningly pretty bay just off the main road at the northern end of Ngunguru. There is a small parking area with a public dump station.
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Matapouri Beach Car Park

star rating of 4
Freedom Camping Location Toilets Available Walking Tracks Excellent Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
The beach at Matapouri Bay Matapouri Beach is a popular Summer location in a small beach-side town. Beautiful beach with some stunningly beautiful walk over the cliffs to Whale bay.
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Pataua North Reserve

star rating of 3.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Toilets Available Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location Excellent Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Parking at the Pataua North reserve Pataua North has a small reserve overlooking the harbour inlet where certified self-contained motor caravanners can freedom camp.
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Kowharewa Bay

star rating of 3.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location Good Vodafone mobile reception Moderate Spark mobile reception
Beachfront parking Kowharewa Bay has a public reserve in a small community just south of Tutukaka.
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Pacific Bay

star rating of 3.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Marginal Spark mobile reception
Picnic table overlooking the beach Pacific Bay is the next bay past Kowharewa Bay just south of Tutukaka. It's a small beachfront community where self-contained motor caravanners can park overnight.
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Whangaumu Bay Carpark

star rating of 3.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location Moderate Vodafone mobile reception Marginal Spark mobile reception
Parking overlooking the beach Whangaumu Bay is also known as Wellingtons Bay, is a quiet beachfront community with a reserve at both ends of the bay.
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Whangaruru Beachfront Camp

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 Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location
Campsite reception Whangaruru Beachfront Camp is in the next bay north of Oakura, and provides a large level grass camping area directly on the beachfront.
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Sandy Bay

star rating of 3.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Fishing Location Marginal Vodafone mobile reception Marginal Spark mobile reception
Beachfront parking on the sealed carpark Sandy Bay, just north of Matapouri, is a stunning beach location where you can park overnight in self-contained vans looking out over the bay.
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Woolleys Bay Reserve

star rating of 3.5
Freedom Camping Location Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Excellent Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Entrance to Woolleys Bay Woolleys Bay Reserve is a large beach front car park with new public toilets and is available for freedom camping. Access to the golden sand beach is through tracks in the sand dunes.
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Whananaki North Motels & Holiday Park

star rating of 3.5
Holiday Park or Campsite Fresh Water Available Power Available Walking Tracks Marginal Vodafone mobile reception Moderate Spark mobile reception
Holiday Park Office The holiday park is a nice place to stay, with the general store/cafe next door and some walks around the estuary.
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Otamure Bay - DOC Campsite

star rating of 3.5
Department of Conservation Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Showers Available Large Vehicle Access Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location
Sign at the entrance to the Otamure Bay campsite Otamuri Bay is one of those truly special places - a peaceful, sheltered, and stunningly beautiful beach location. The campsite is basic, but very well maintained, with clean shower and toilets.
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Mimiha Recreation Reserve

star rating of 3
Freedom Camping Location Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location
Reserve parking area Mimiha Recreation Reserve is next to a tiny community of 5 homes at the end of Helena Bay. It has a more rugged beach that Teal Bay, which is the next bay along.
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Shoebridge Reserve

star rating of 3
NZMCA Campsite Power Available Large Vehicle Access Excellent Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Parking on the sealed parking area. Shoebridge Reserve is in the residential area of Ngunguru and has a large grass parking are that self-contained motor caravanners can use for freedom camping
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Whananaki School Summer Holidays Campsite

star rating of 3
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Power Available Large Vehicle Access
Whananaki North School Whananaki School is in a prime waterside location and offers campsite facilities during the Summer school holidays.
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Ngunguru Library

star rating of 2.5
Freedom Camping Location Toilets Available Large Vehicle Access Excellent Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
Roadside reserve parking T'he Ngunguru Library is beachfront parking area where freedom parking is allowed in the designated site or marked parking spaces. It's close to a busy road, with public toilets across the road.
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Tutukaka Holiday Park

star rating of 2.5
Holiday Park or Campsite Toilets Available Fresh Water Available Laundry Available Showers Available Power Available Large Vehicle Access Dump Station Available Fishing Location
Tutukaka Holiday Park entrance Tutukaka Holiday Park is a quiet location just a short walk from the Tutukaka village - renown for its diving and fishing.
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Elliot Bay Campground

star rating of 2
Park-Over Property Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location
Entrance to the farm house for registration Elliot Bay Campground is really just a farm paddock with an area for parking and access to the beach. Very quiet and about as country as you can get.
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Tutukaka Lookout

star rating of 2
Excellent Vodafone mobile reception Excellent Spark mobile reception
There is a lookout with off road parking about halfway between Tutukaka and Ngungaru.
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Ngahau Bay Reserve

star rating of 0.5
Freedom Camping Location Certified Self-contained Vehicles Only Large Vehicle Access Pet Friendly Quiet and Peaceful Fishing Location
Parking at Ngahau Bay Ngahau Bay Reserve is just south of Helena Bay. While self-contained motor caravanners can stay overnight, the road there is really not suitable for large vans.
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