Te Arai Point

Te Arai Point

Overnight Campervan Parking



12 Rankers Reviews

3 Face-to-Face

74 Basic Camping

2 Mangawhai


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This is a Rodney District Council designated Overnight Campervan Parking Spot for self-contained vehicles. Max stay of two nights, please get active and vacate during the day.

From Maungawai Rd: Turn off onto Te Arai Point Rd, drive to end.


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North IslandNorthlandMangawhai


  • Basic Camping



  • Te Arai Point

    Self-Contained Motorhome Site

    Flat grassed and metaled area with all-weather access on the front half either side of the access gate. The SCC campground is nestled in behind the dunes, with the odd Pohutukawa tree around the edge.






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David's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Really beautiful and isolated spot. We were there with only one other van. It’s a rough road coming in but we did it a large motorhome so it can be done. Well worth stopping here

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Jess's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Was a really nice place to stay, the beach is really clean and nice with good surfing (no board hire) toilets were clean and spacious. The stars were absolutely amazing at night and the whole area seemed safe and peaceful.
Only issues were that it was down a long unpaved track, which our camper didn’t love. It was also a bit of a pain to pay to stay there as you have to log in online to get a code to the gate. Said it was $10 each but a lady next to us said the minimum for a camper was $20 even if it’s just one of you which is quite expensive for what you’re getting.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Teaghan's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Slight hassle for booking need to book online and then call council to get combo lock for gate but an absolute steal for $10 per person only facilities are toilets and dump stations but an absolute amazing spot right on the beach.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Iliana Tsimopoulou

Ranking: 7/10

$8 a night - for a simple car park a little bit too expensive!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Mike Merrick

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Great place to stay, right on the beach BUT it is no longer FREE! Apparently you're supposed to book in advance and get a code to park behind a locked barrier. Cost is apparently 6$ per person. Security guy came around but was fairly apologetic about the system! There's also very poor phone coverage on the site so very difficult to call the required no.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Marcella S

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Great site with incredible views. However, IT IS NOT A FREEDOM CAMP!!!!!!!! It used to be, but things changed. So, consider make your reservation within Auckland Council and pay the fee of $6 per person/night before you go. Yes, before! As the reception for mobile phones doesn't work properly on site. Furthermore, there is no administration or public phones to be used on site. Apart that, I had a great experience. Beautiful and peaceful beach... nice walks... amazing scenery.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Elise Graham


Ranking: 10/10

This place is beautiful!! Long sandy beach and nice walking paths. Toilets are clean and close to parking. Surfing is great when the tide is right and swimming is cold but nice is you have a wet suit.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Friederike Kranzin


Ranking: 10/10

Freedom camp direct on the ocean, with a long beach, more beaches nearby, good toilets, good sites, beautiful nature (dolphins, lots of mussels).

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in February 2014