McLeod Bay Rest Area (opposite...

McLeod Bay Rest Area (opposite 1967 Whangarei Heads Road)

Freedom Camping



4 Rankers Reviews

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94 Freedom Camping

18 Whangarei


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This site is a suggested site only, meaning that it is not prohibited under the bylaw but also not designated.

Consider this an off-road overnight parking where you won't be issued an infringement notice by the Council, as long as the below rules are being obeyed:

Certified self-contained only, max three nights
No more than two vehicles per site at most – move on if you have to
Be considerate of other users of the space and don’t block access and exit points
All sites are very popular in summer, arrive early to avoid disappointment
Many sites are quite small and won’t accommodate large campers

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  • Freedom Camping
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Merle's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Only camper in large metaled area with grass and shade to sit under. Very close to road which is quiet at night. Stunning views to make up for it.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Adrian Tyrrell

Ranking: 10/10

Wow! Lovely views and sunset in this little spot just off the road. Not too noisy and we had it to ourselves at the end of January so not busy!
Toilet down the road 2 mins by car or walkable. Very clean.
Cafe and fish and chip shop 5 mins drive away.
A real highlight for us as a free camp spot.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Malin's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful camping right next to the ocean, very pretty view. There's a toilet in good condition very close but not right next to the camping spot. Right next to a road but it is not too busy.
Suitable for larger vehicles as well.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Ranking: 9/10

Good spot with a beautiful view. A bit close to the road. Short 1 min drive to public toilets near the playground.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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