67 km from Dargaville with 10km of good gravel road, Pouto Point is at the
end of the road, but well worth the trip. Peaceful camping with 8 power
points, on a flat grassed area that has commanding views over the outer
Kaipara Harbour. Here you can watch the sunrise, go swimming, kayaking
and fishing or, for landlubbers, hire a quad and explore the thousands of acres
of sand dunes. Guided sand safaris are run from the camp. Facilities are
in the restored 1879 kauri building, which was New Zealand’s first Custom
House. A common room with tables, TV and stereo, plus a well-equipped
clean kitchen that has everything you will need. There are very modern
clean showers with hot water cost a $1 for 2 minutes. Laundry is $3 per load. New compositing
flush toilets have recently been installed. No shopping, fuel or Eftpos here,
so come prepared. For intrepid 4 wheel drivers, enquire from John how you
can get away from civilization along the 100 km of pristine beach at low tide.
Your hosts Janeen and Robin in the house next door will make you very welcome.
For current prices, refer here.
This site offers Family rooms in the hall...
Only in use for campers in the school holidays and weekends, you’ll find level
sites and some shady trees here. There is excellent child safe play equipment
for children and use of a tennis court. The harbour estuary is easily accessible.
There are no sites with power and no hot water but stalls for solar showers.
Facilities are limited to toilets and hand basins. There is a tennis court available
for a game, payment by a donation. No smoking and no dogs please. Check
availability at Xmas. Tent sites are $10 per person, children $5 up to 15 years.
Preschoolers are free.
The entrance to Whananaki North Holiday Park is just before the local general store. This shop is well stocked, plus you can get dive tank fills. The level camp grounds extend to a safe harbour estuary at the back and also have a rural outlook. The trees and gardens offer shady spots. The modern communal building houses a roomy kitchen with small appliances for cooking and a fridge and freezer. Outside there is a gas BBQ with pizza oven and smoker with plenty of dining room under the pergola. You may be tempted to cool off in the swimming pool. The roomy ablutions are very clean with metered showers, liquid soap and hand dryers The laundry has an automatic washers and dryers. There are 28 power sites and 16 non powered sites, all with taps, and plenty of room for tents. Pet friendly by arrangement. Take a walk on the longest footbridge in the southern hemisphere from here to Whananaki South. The Camp is on the Te Araroa walk trail. Your welcoming hosts are Matthew and Tracy. Sites are $15 per person, non-powered and $18 per person powered.
Turn off the coastal road from Russell. Nothing bland about this camp, which
dominates both bays on each side of the isthmus. Water taps are at all 40
power sites. There are 2 blocks of clean basic ablutions. The showers have
$1 tokens. The kitchen is small but clean. Automatic laundry equipment is
provided. The camp store has Eftpos and is open longer hours, during peak
season. Extra charges apply for waterfront sites: beachfront powered sites $22 per person, non
powered $20 and rear tent sites are $21 for power and $19 non powered.
Seasonal Rates apply. Wayne and Tupou are your hosts. Small friendly dogs
35 non-powered tent sites/bookings required. Bookings are essential in peak season.
Adult (18+ years): $13 per night
Child (5 - 17 years): $6.50 per night
Infant (0 - 4 years): free
Camp beside a sandy beach among pōhutukawa trees. A great spot for water activities.
Closed after Easter to Labour weekend.
Fires are not permitted at any time.
A magical spot this is ‘real Kiwi camping’. The camp stretches over a promontory
and gives access across two beaches. One cliff has sites with spectacular views,
with access right down to the water in the second bay. You will be spoiled for
choice here; take your pick, sea view, green valley or beachside. Many sites are
hewn from the hillside where you will be quite a distance from your neighbour.
This camp is a working farm so please leave your dog at home. You will need
to be self-sufficient as there are just cold water showers, but numerous taps
and pit toilets are dotted around. There is no power, but freezer space may
be hired in the building near the entrance which also has a recharge centre for
all those gadgets. No fires are allowed, use gas only.
Your hosts, the Barron family live at the camp entrance. Charges for adults are $15 and for children
(5 to14 years) $7 with a minimum site charge of $30 in peak season.
No bookings required _ first come/first served. Camp hosts on site from Labour Weekend to Easter - +64 9 433 8402 Self-registration during off-peak period Back-country hut pass does not apply Campervan access / eligible for NZMCA pass (except during peak period) View the camp rules
Take the Kellys Bay turnoff as signposted from Pouto Rd. The next 6 km is metal (slow down and take quietly).
This is home to spectacular flocks of oyster catchers, stilts, terns and other sea birds. The camp is a tidy level grassed area across the road from the waters of this quiet sheltered bay.
There are 14 power and 10 non powered sites. Facilities are minimal, water taps and clean long drop toilets only.
A two cubicle shed is provided so you can use your own solar shower.
There is good shell and boat fishing, while the children have a safe swimming beach and colourful play equipment.
Eftpos is provided (Debit card only) and the last stop for petrol is Dargaville, so make sure you have plenty to get you back. The last shop is at Te Kopuru. So please ensure you have plenty of food. Terry and Jenny are your hosts.
Charges: available here, half way down the page.
Look for the big bright roadside sign on the main Whangarei to Tutukaka Road. Located a stone_s throw from Whangarei Falls and close to local orchards, this camp is laid out in treed bays around the services. Centrally placed is a good size round swimming pool, a gazebo style spa pool, shower blocks, separate toilet blocks, a kitchen and laundry. The kitchen has all cooking facilities including utensils. A help-yourself herb garden is a bonus. The showers are clean, with plentiful hot water. Automatic machines, (plus a hairdryer, mirror, and ironing board) are in the laundry. A large alfresco dining area is most appealing. The lounge is divided, one area to spend a quiet time with the Internet or reading a selection of books from the extensive library and the other has an adjacent attractive TV lounge with big comfy chairs. This is a small but well sheltered camp with some private sites. The housekeeping is excellent. Ask about diving at the Poor Knights or take in some of the good walks in the area. Close by are Whangarei Falls and the Canopy circle where you can see some mighty kauri trees. Your friendly hosts are Graham and Alison. All sites are from $18 per person, $9 for children.