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Mt Manaia Reserve
cnr Whangarei Heads Rd and Bay View Rd, Whangarei Heads, Whangarei, Northland
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Certified self-contained vans can park overnight in any council parking area that is not sign-posted as prohibited.
For complete details check wdc.govt.nz/camping. Check for onsite signs on arrival.
You risk a $200 fine for ignoring the rules.
Whangarei District Council also provides four designated freedom camping areas for self-contained vehicles
as well as 18 sites that permit non self-contained camping options.
Parking spaces and van length are limited at these sites and they are very popular, so be sure to arrive early
if you want to park overnight. We recommend you avoid these during the summer season.
Cars parking in the designated motorhome parking area
Campervans parking elsewhere in the carpark
Mt Manaia Reserve has a small sealed parking area where self-contained motorhomes can park overnight for a maximum of one night while exploring the walks around Mt Manaia and the Whangarei Heads
The parking area is next door to the Mt Manaia Club, which has a bar open for visitors from 4pm daily - a nice way to finish off an active day's walking, especially if you plan to stay overnight.
Once again, the council sign allocates just a small area of the carpark for motorhomes to park overnight. However, this appeared to be ignored by the visitors parked there when we visited. Maybe that was because the designated area was already occupied by cars.
Likewise, the maximum motorhome length is 6 meters, even though larger vans could easily park there. Presumeably, this only applies to motorhomes parking overnight.
Mt Manaia Reserve and walkway