Whatipu Lodge Campground

Whatipu Lodge Campground



13 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

55 Basic Camping

27 Auckland




Camp near historic Whatipu lodge and breath in the history right near the furthest reaches of the mighty Manakau Harbour.


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North IslandAuckland RegionAuckland


  • Basic Camping





  • Unpowered Campsite

    Facilities are basic - composting toilets (x3), showers (cold) and water taps. Campers need to be fully equipped with camping stoves/cooking utensils...There is no electricity in the Campground. Campers need to take all RUBBISH home with them.

    Adult $7.50/day
    Child $5/day
    Family $20/day


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Andy and Julia

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

A massive thanks to Pete and his wife for the help and the beautiful campsite. The campground is after a 5km gravel road, which gave us a small puncture along the way. But Pete, our saviour, came along with a jack and wheel brace to help us change our wheel. $15 for 2 people was quite reasonable. Drop toilets, cold showers and small kitchen. So basic amenities. A short walk away from a beautiful black sand beach, perfect for a stroll. Amazing owners, would give them 10/10 if it wasn’t for the gravel road. Thanks again!

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Unbelievable place!! Amazing location, gorgeous views and very very reasonable price. 10/10 wow this place rocks.

Their staff are super nice and friendly as well.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Giulia's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

A real sweet spot. There's plenty to do at a walking distance with caves and beaches. It's at the end of a gravel road. I give a 10 for the facilities offered in relation to the price, $15 for two people for one night. A shower, a decent compost toilet and a small kitchen shed with a counter, a sink and a table. Finally a campsite where you pay for what you get - and the location is magical.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Kathy Maslin


Ranking: 8/10

First night in NZ and first freedom camping. Very scenic, 5 min walk to beach . Basic ammenities but ok. Very quiet.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Toby Danilo

Ranking: 10/10

Fun drive in. Plenty to do around the area - caves, beaches and spectacular lookouts. Clean drop toilets. Cold shower. Lots of space. Very friendly owner comes around in the morning to collect payment. $15 two adults unpowered campervan.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Darren Gordon

Ranking: 7/10

Close to the city and plenty to do in the area. Stayed with my partner and 2 kids for less than $20 and the kids loved it. Short 10-20min walks to caves and to the beach for fishing. Dangerous water though, not great for swimming. 3 clean toilets and a cold shower available. Camp can get a bit muddy in wet seasons and our van got a lil stuck, but owner is very accommodating and helpful, even helped push us out.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Mikayla Dimitiri

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful drive out to this quiet spot on the beach with great walks around the campsite. Friendly management, unpowered site $7.50 per person, no kitchen facilities but cold shower and drop toilets in relatively good condition.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Virginie Polguere

Ranking: 8/10

Good place to be! Next to the beach, $7.50 per adult. Toilets clean in the morning, one shower (cold), water must be boiled. The host was very kind, and saw us late in the afternoon. Good memories with my husband!

Reviewed about 4 years ago