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Mt Manaia Reserve

star rating of 3.5

by Chris Gaelic

cnr Whangarei Heads Rd and Bay View Rd, Whangarei Heads, Whangarei, Northland

rvexplorer id: 20674

Lat-Long: -35.82113, 174.50971

Certified self-contained vans can park overnight in any council parking area that is not sign-posted as prohibited.
For complete details check 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.

Overnight Camping sign

Cars parking in the designated motorhome parking area

Cars parking in the designated motorhome parking area

Campervans parking elsewhere in the carpark

Campervans parking elsewhere in the carpark

Mt Manaia Club sign

Public toilet

Public toilet


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

Mt Manaia Reserve and walkway





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