Ambury Park Camping Ground

Ambury Park Camping Ground

Mangere

Reviews

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Nate

Ranking: 7/10

Wow! Great spot in the middle of Auckland. Close to airport.
The after hours check in process sucks. Took me about 20 minutes. The online check in had so many hoops to jump through. Was supposed to be charged $15 but was charged $20.36. There were several others struggling to get through the process too. As I finished checking in, another person showed up and opened the gate. Inside was a camp host that checked in several people, cash only. I wish I would have gone this route.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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QueeenBeee

Ranking: 10/10

This campsite is perfect, nearby the city and the airport. For $15/pp you will get access to hot showers, basic toilets, drinkable water and beautiful surroundings! Don't worry about the check in process, just enter the gate on foot and find the host.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Steve

Ranking: 10/10

Best park so fare! With all facilites you need (dish sink, water supply, toilets, showers, etc.)! 10 min from the airport and there is a small farm with a petting zoo, so a really great location (for kids) with a stunning view on the sunset!

Reviewed 9 months ago

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JL Canada

Ranking: 2/10

The place is nice, beautiful view, very quiet. But, the park’s gate close at 7 PM which way too early, and it’s written anywhere but in one of the three emails they send you AFTER you booked. We came out to have dinner at the city center and when we came back at 8 PM it was impossible to reach the campsite. So we paid for a site we did not use and they did not want to refund us. Very bad experience.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Emily

Ranking: 8/10

Hot showers and flush toilets are available in the day use area, electric bbq in campground. A pleasant place to stay when you need somewhere close to the airport

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Ben H

Ranking: 6/10

Difficult process to get in. Have to stay on hold a couple of times.
Toilet is okay. (Don't expect much.) There's a public shower in the park which is a ways away but other than that it was nice.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Nat

Ranking: 8/10

- great atmosphere
- everything is green here
- feels like a farm
- very spacious and with privacy for each vehicle (if there is no rain and you can spread out on the lawn)

- compost toilet, no soap
- no kitchen or community area
- nice outside area to clean cuttleries
- cleanliness was OK.
- you have to register via phone (20-30min booking process) - too complicated
- close to the Airport

- price 15ppn, unpowered
- feels like you pay the high price mainly for the overcomplicated administration

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Laura

Ranking: 5/10

Positive: 10 min drive from the airport, large grass area, farm animals nearby which you may encounter
Negative: dirty and stinky facilities, no shower, no light (even though you pay $15 pp). I was in line for about 30 min to get the booking (there is a phone with wich you need to call the city council, they were very friendly but you need patience!)

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Derek Gillard

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Lovely spot and close to airport for first and last night of a trip.
The only reason I did not mark 10 is that it’s so difficult to book we gave up after 30 mins on the phone when the ranger told us to stay but outside the camp ground.
For some mad reason you cannot book online

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Lewis Milnes

Ranking: 7/10

Stayed here for one night as our first stop after landing. Although the site is close to the airport, you wouldn't know it, it's very quiet and secluded. Nice coastal walk straight from the site and great views at sunrise. Only marked down due to the lack of facilities, has basic public toilets, but no showers on site.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Max Gunnarsson

Ranking: 7/10

Great location and fantastic landscape surrounding the campsite. But it took us approximately 1 hour before we got to talk to anybody at city council and when we were about to make the payment we were cut of and had to start over from the beginning... Luckily the park ranger came by and we could pay and get the code. So don't be in a hurry if you want to get in! Otherwise a pleasant stay.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Ernst Mayerhofer

Ranking: 8/10

We stayed there two nights with our NON self contained campervan. $30 per night for 2 adults including car. Very quiet beautiful place with scenic park to walk and hike. Sheep, pigs, cows, goats and chicken are there and you can wander around and pet them. Toilets and sink for washing dishes. Hot shower for $2 coin available but did only work on one morning. Booking over the Auckland City Council Hotline - take your time (15-30 minutes) and payment over secure payment line.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Michelle Smit

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Stayed in both the camping ground and the SCC car park. Both must be booked through the Auckland City Council. Telephone available at the info booth. Booking process can take some time.
The camping ground costs $15pp pn and is through a locked gate. Toilets are average long drop, no other facilities.
The SCC is available to certified self contained campervans for $8pp pn. Park in the bus parking area between 3pm and 9am. Toilets are flush, and coin operated hot showers available. No rubbish facilities.
The park is a great facility, many nice walks in the area and, as it is an open access farm, there are lots of the usual farm animals to be seen.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Gordon Lee

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Perfect place to drop into to sort yourself out if, like us, you've just arrived, picked up your rental & want to take stock of the situation. Beautiful location not far from airport, camping ground available or you can park in bus parking overnight ( a bit cheaper) if you're self contained. Just ring from small shed at entry (free phone) to book & pay.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Jeremy Wienert

Ranking: 7/10

Stayed here in April and absolutely loved it with the farm yard. There is a phone at the park you can use to ring the council to book (takes 15 mins) but worth the stay. Beautiful scenery and plenty of grass or gravel spots available. Close to Auckland and easy enough to find from the motorway. Showers aren't in the camp ground but in the entrance area.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Kirstyn Wallace

Ranking: 7/10

Great little place close to Auckland, and the cheapest in the area we could find ($15 each). Toilets are pit toilets and there is drinking water available as well. Cute little farm to wander around, great place to take the kids. Also a nice walk behind the campsite. Self-contained free spots available in the front parking lot as well. Didn't use showers, not sure if it is fixed yet or not.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Ken Balfour

Ranking: 8/10

The park gate really does close at 9pm so no going out at night from here. Many of the campervans park around the shearing shed area which is a good 200m from the tent camping field. The shower is up near the public carpark and shearing sheds with only a long drop toilet and running water in the camping field itself but it is a lovely place. The 4 digit code is just for the lock to the camping field, it doesn't work on the electronic gate at the park entrance, the one they shut at 9pm. The showers are $2 coin operated and the guys one was clean and functional with $2 providing plenty of time for showering. I booked this over the phone at 8pm on a Sunday... Well done Auckland Council! It did involve 20 minutes on the phone but impressed to have a phone line manned at that hour. Only one shower per sex so obviously not a site built for volume traffic.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Kresten Skak

Ranking: 9/10

Really beautiful location given the proximity to Auckland and the airport. A bit confusing there are actually two camp sites for self contained vehicles. The first you will see is inside the outer gate (closes 7pm in winter and 9 pm in summer) and costs $8 per adult. For the second you need to go through a second gate for which you need an access code, pick up the phone at the information booth to make reservations and get the code. Cost is $15 for adults. This site has cold showers and clean toilets.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Christina Sperling

Germany

Ranking: 3/10

We really struggled whether we should choose this campground because the last review said that the shower is not working and the toilets are stinky. But as it is a DOC site we hoped one month later everything is fixed. It's not. :( Womens' shower is not working (wouldn't take a shower there anyhow) and the toilets are dirty. Worse than on many free campgrounds we have stayed the last weeks. So for what kind of "service" are we paying 15$? Well, it's a nice scenery within the park - we have to admit that and those are the 3 points we are giving for this campground. Would not recommend it though it's very near to the airport.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Philipp Weber

Ranking: 4/10

$15 for stinky toilets and showers there are not working?? Shame..

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Ben Apellido

France

Ranking: 7/10

We stayed at this campground for one night, the place is very pleasant, but be careful with the door, as it closes quite early during the winter, make sure you are given the right code when you register.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Christine Slowiak

Ranking: 5/10

We called Auckland City Council to reserve a tent camp site for the same night, which cost $16 per person. It is overpriced for a quiet little farm setting close by to Auckland, with only drinkable tap water, cold water sink, sink station for dish washing, and clean drop toilets. There are no fires, BBQs or kitchen. There's a beautiful walking trail by the water. A padlock code was given to us over the phone for second gate vehicle access, otherwise the first gate/park entrance closes for the night and reopens in the morning. The sheep have free roam on the farm at night, which was a pleasant surprise for us. We navigated the gates ourselves at night, and saw no one until a farmer in the morning. It's a pretty site, but expensive for its simple amenities and few trails, which is why the rating is low. Stayed one night in June 2015.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Victoria Byrnes

Ranking: 7/10

We stayed here on our first night camping in NZ. We enjoyed the scenery and walking around to all the animals. Quick and easy enough to book on entrance to the park using the provided phone. We returned here after 11days for our last night. Was disappointed to find the showers/water had been shut off, and gates closed and locked at 7pm.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Lara Banane

Ranking: 8/10

I stayed there for two nights. The surrounding is nice, you can go on a few coastal walks or have a look at all those animals around there. The sunset is great. There is a toilet and drinking water. Near the park entrance there is a shower for 2 $.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Jean-Claude Escutary

Ranking: 7/10

DOC campsite where we spent our first night in NZ. Basic but clean toilets. Difficult to register (by phone) until we are told that the store that deals Park took the inscriptions. The walk around the campsite, which is also a school farm, is very friendly.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Ian

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Spent our first campervan night here in mid-Jan. Registered by phone - a tortuous but successful process and was given the combination code for entry. Great site, lovely sunset and good walks around about. A good place to start a trip and make sure the van is all working. Big recycling bins and toilets with showers at main building block.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Sidney Stokkers

Netherlands

Ranking: 8/10

The registration is really inconvenient (phone the council, fill in the details, get the gate number, etc.) but the campground is one of the best we stayed on. We spend our last night here, beautiful sunset, good facilities and well maintained

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Ian Watson

Ranking: 8/10

We arrived at this camp after a long drive to find it closed to the public to make way for a special function! So best to ring the number before planning visit, I must say that the location looked very good for basic no frills camping and so close to the city and airport. I would go back if ever this way again.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Hannah

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Great campground a quick 10- 15 min drive to the Auckland Airport but it feels like it is out in the middle of the country. It took a 5-10 minute phone call to make a reservation with the Ambury City Council (we had to talk to a few different people before finally getting transferred to the right place) but was able to pay ahead of time and get the gate combinations, allowing us to arrive later in the evening. Plenty of sheep, cows, and goats to keep you company in the surrounding pastures. Clean facilities and great scenery! Great place to spend our last night in NZ!

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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auré bis

France

Ranking: 7/10

Very quiet place, with lots of farm animals to see if you have children (or don't!).
Campground is located 300m on the right after the basement (where you will find showers (2$).

You need to see the warden or call the council to pay your night, 12$ pp (symbols on rankers map need to be updated ;) ) so they can give you the combination of the padlock to actually enter the camping area.

Enjoy the sunset over the sea!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Cymen Crick

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

A little piece of serenity so close to Auckland city. A very well managed park with lots of interesting farm animals on about. Plenty of space on hand and walks nearby. Excellent interpretation boards around the park that explain the good things happening here.
I have given this camping ground a 10 due to it's proximity to Auckland city and only a few minutes drive from the airport. There are more scenic camping areas in NZ but not many so close to the heart of our biggest city and busiest airport. I will certainly stay here again.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in December 2010

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Puravida

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A little paradise close to the city! You share the campground with sheep:-)
Very calm, lots of space, very cheap, stunning sundowners.

Reviewed over 8 years ago