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Waikaraka Layby

star rating of 3.5

by Chris Gaelic

between 350-276 Whangarei Heads Road, Whangarei Heads, Whangarei, Northland

rvexplorer id: 20883

Lat-Long: -35.76425, 174.39105

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.

Rest area parking

Rest area parking

Waikaraka Reserve

The Waikaraka Layby is at Tamaterau, on the Whangarei Heads road, and overlooks the harbour. Certified self-contained motor caravanners can freedom camp there.


While it is alongside a reasonably busy road, the view over the harbour is stunning. There were tuis feeding off the flax bushes when we called by.

Rest area parking




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