Otamure Bay (Whananaki) Campsite


Otamure Bay (Whananaki) Campsite


45 Rankers Reviews

17 Face-to-Face

12 Whangarei


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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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DOC Northland

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  • Basic Camping

Operating Season And Hours

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


Showing 13 reviews of 45.

Philip Green's avatar

Philip Green

Ranking: 10/10

Just spent a week there.....very quiet & peaceful with hardly any campers. Caretakers very welcoming....a really nice place to visit.....especially if you hope to catch a fish or two

Reviewed 23 days ago

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Daisy Rivers


Ranking: 10/10

Definitely a 10 no complaints from us that's for sure 😁 very tranquil setting 😀 lovely interesting walks and interesting shaped rocks 😆 nice tidy place with awesome cold showers 🚿 that were a true blessing 🙏 as it was hotter then we expected. Swimming was bliss and 30 seconds walk to the water 🏊‍♀️. absolutely a great place to stay with wonderful hosts.

Reviewed 6 months ago

Frankie's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Awesome place great for swimming and fishing or just relaxing family orientated camp with lovely hosts insuring we were safe and happy though out our stay
we will definitely be returning thank you kindly 🙏 😊

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Raewyn Smith

Ranking: 10/10

Fresh clean and tidy. We had a very peaceful week with swimming, walking and fishing. We enjoyed a short drive to the local store to pick up milk and a paper. Our hosts are friendly professional and hospitable.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Kiwicampers's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

Beautiful beach and great place to camp. However extremely unhelpful and hostile doc host on arrival made us skeptical. (This experience brought our rating down). Also note the gate is strictly only open 2-9pm during summer.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Tee's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Such a beautiful place to camp! From a family of 6 we rate this beautiful spot a 10/10. Clean facilities and easy beach access made it awesome for our whanau, thank you for having us...

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in December 2020

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N&J Moseling

Ranking: 7/10

A fantastic site and a fantastic location, and one that I have visited before. The only downside this time was the proliferation of flies....

I strongly suspect that someone has binned into the wrong bin, but the sheer number present and getting into our van, especially compared to all of the other sites we attended during 3 weeks, says to me that there is something not quite right here.

That said, the bay and venue is fantastic, the staff very helpful and if you want a bay to yourself, trek over the hill to the other beach and find another NZ gem. It's paradise...

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Rapha's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

We loved this place. Nice DOC ranger with helpful tips. Super clean amenities. Beach within reach, front row you can listen to the waves. Secret bay beach at 10 minute hike.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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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 over 3 years ago

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 over 3 years ago

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 over 3 years ago

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 over 3 years 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 over 3 years ago and experienced in October 2018

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