Whatipu Lodge Campground

Whatipu Lodge Campground



16 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

81 Basic Camping

38 Auckland


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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





  • Whatipu Lodge Campground

    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.








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Irene's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Great camp site. Well tended, loads of space. Everyone else mentioned the amenities, but I want to warn larger campers. Approach has about 7ks of gravel road with quite a lot of vegetation overhanging the narrow winding road which scratched our van and windows quite badly. Fabulous for tents and small campers.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Backpack On Fire

Ranking: 10/10

Tons of space, so you can arrive a bit later. Beautiful black sand beach to walk to as well as the sea caves to explore. Be sure to stay long enough to check them both out. The black sand is much darker than in Piha. Composting toilets and cold showers with curtains for privacy. Worth the little extra money to stay here instead of in a car park.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Emily's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

10 dollars per night, big camping ground nice, organic toalets and a shower. Walk to the beach and the drive down is worth it! Good value for money!

Reviewed 10 months ago

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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 over 1 year 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 almost 2 years ago

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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 2 years 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 3 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 3 years ago