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Tamaterau Rest Area

star rating of 4

by Chris Gaelic

near 676 Whangarei Heads Rd, Tamaterau, Whangarei, Northland

rvexplorer id: 20688

Lat-Long: -35.77981, 174.41333

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.

Waterfront parking

Kayaking in the Whangarei Harbour

Colourful Bus Stop

Colourful Bus Stop


The roadside rest area at Tamaterau provides spacious waterfront parking and is available for freedom camping in self-contained motorhomes.


Unlike the Tamaterau Reserve, there is no restriction on van length, or how long you can stay, just as long as you're self-contained. It is likely to be a bit noisy alongside the Whangarei Heads road, but this is the widest parking area, and there would be plenty of room for a group of motorhome friends to park together.


The location was popular with some local kayakers when we stopped by. It might also be a good spot to do some fishing...






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