Otamure Bay (Whananaki) Campsite


Otamure Bay (Whananaki) Campsite



37 Rankers Reviews

17 Face-to-Face

157 Basic Camping

25 Whangarei



Otamure Camping Ground - Whananaki


This PRIMO camping site in Otamure Bay is in a beach-front setting with massive old pohutukawa trees for shade. There are heaps of sites to choose from, and access is on a first come, first in basis. The camp hosts are on site from Labour weekend to Easter. The local shop is 4km down the road.

The local Whananaki area has a range of beaches from no surf, inlets and hot rock pools to well known surf beaches. The perfect spot to take the boat with great fishing, diving and all water sports, with sheltered islands for small boats and kayaks. Otamure Bay is the same distance to the Poor Knights Islands as Tutukaka.


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  • Basic Camping

Operating Season And Hours

The camp hosts are on site from Labour weekend to Easter.





  • Unpowered Campsite

    Number of tent sites - approximately 100. We recommend you make a booking during the busy summer season.

    Adult $15/day
    Child $7.50/day


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The big German family

Ranking: 10/10

What a wonderful place. For us it was the best camp ground ever. We had a place directly at the beachfront, woke up every morning with a great view. The beach is beautiful, the beach 10 min away even more. Come and enjoy!

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Zoe's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Amazing location and clean facilities. This time of year plenty of spots to pick that has a view of the beautiful beach. Only downfall was that there was only cold showers and for that it was overpriced for $13 per person a night. There was no reception what so ever.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Tam's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Fairly secluded part of the country away from tourists. Beautiful bays and swimming. Good price at $13 each unpowered. Cold showers, clean drop toilets. The place to go if you want to get away from busy road from Auckland.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Sabine's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

We had a big site next to the beach. But we made a reservation in advance. The campsite seemed to be full. It is actually not first come first served. Location is great.
Acceptable toilets and showers and drinking water.

Reviewed 12 months ago

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paul halliday

Ranking: 8/10

Stayed here many times over the last 10 years, the upgrades to the toilets and and shower facilities is most welcome.
Have stayed her with a large group of 40 + martial arts club and all loved the area, fishing in march/april is great and warm weather and calm seas.
Just one suggestion is that the shower head roses be replaced as some have been missing for a few years and maybe a bit of $$ spent on the showers for decent ropes and pulleys for those that use solar showers.
I don't mind the drive in as its not over crowded in the off peak season.

Reviewed about 1 year ago and experienced in October 2018

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Jaime MacLean

Ranking: 8/10

This beach was worth the drive, which actually wasn't that far 'out of the way'.
Unfortunately, the main beach where the campground is, you are advised not to swim due to the faecal contamination from the livestock. However, if you take the very short walk over the bridge on the road and up into the short hike to the next bay, it makes it all worth it.
The beach has amazing Pohutakawa trees and totally awesome tide pools where we saw an octopus! At super low tide the white sand is amazing, at high tide the beach is rather wild and I was too scared to swim then.
We spent all day at that bay, running back to the main camp for provisions.
I liked this place and can't blame it or DOC for the abundance of livestock which is ruining all the water ways in NZ.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Philipp Jahn


Ranking: 6/10

Make sure to get a site with beach view! Just 50 meters to the beach which probably makes it a great place for a summer holiday, but as a stop for one night it is too far off the highway-the road is winding and narrow for the last 20km. We stayed here in September and the prices had changed: $13 per adult and $6.50 per child plus an obligatory fee of $2.50 for a rubbish bag which was a lot in comparison to what facilities there were.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Miraz Tastula


Ranking: 5/10

Overpriced. We paid $13 each + $2 for the garbage bag (not optional) = $28 for one night sleeping in our own vehicle. The campsite is very tidy and the view is beautiful, but wouldn't pay that much just for the view, dry toilets and cold showers.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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