18 Rankers Reviews
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Three night maximum
Vehicles must be self contained
You must park in the designated site that is indicated by signage
If the site is full, you must move on
North Island ▷ Northland ▷ Whangarei
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Perfect spot, and you can stay a max of 3 days! We only stayed for one night but were lucky to get a spot. Very much luck of the draw as a popular spot. Really nice area very pretty at night when you walk through the basin. Supermarket right round the corner too which is handy. Public toilets are a bit of a walk to use at night but we had self contained camper so we’re all right. Very clean public toilets! Friendly residents. We did have a little noise but that was for approx 10 mins and than just a perfect quiet night. Highly recommended spot.
Backpack On Fire
One of the best places in town to stay. There are 8 designated spots at the corners of the car park. Nice and close to walk into town. No parking in the one corner when the market is on (Friday night till Saturday early afternoon). 24hr toilets are a bit of a walk away so he sure to use the closer ones before they close (between 8-830). Nearby there is a cool glass blowing studio to check out and a free outdoor gym to use.
Nice spot to stay overnight, only disadvantage was that the public toilets are closed from 9pm.
Stayed on a Saturday/Sunday. No space in the few allocated spaces when arriving at 19.00 but stayed in the carpark anyway like many others due to lack of freecamp spots in the area. Luckily no tickets. Very noisy due to local youth blowing up car stereos. Security guards patrols keeps it safe. Public toilets nearby but filthy in the morning, faeces all over the mens. Location is good however. Playground and supermarket in close distance.
2nd stay in Whangarei district and it is the worst district we've freecamped. Hardly enough spaces around.
Nice and quiet spot! You gotta be quick tho because it's a popular place and limited spots. Additionally, the toilets close around 8pm.
* Well situated and walking distance of shops.
* Felt like a normal car parking lot in town.
* We took the walk around the Basin the late afternoon and thoroughy enjoyed it. We repeated it the next morning in the opposite direction. About 6 km one direction.
* Found great coffee along the way at some street vendor.
* Very clean ablutions about 300m away. Although it closes around 21:00.
* Slept in quietness the whole night.
* There was security qaurds who past there while we were still sitting outside.
It's more of a commercial parking lot feel in the middle of a town, so we felt a bit weird pulling out our stove and chairs, but a beautiful harbor and walking path, and immaculately clean toilets nearby. Convenient spot on the way up the Island!
Andy and Julia
This one is a mixed one. Close to the centre and next to the water which was pretty sweet. We parked in the bays next to the walkway, so many passers by and runner. Toilets were a little walk away and were closed in the night, but they were clean and look quite new. We arrived at 5pm after our walk around the Falls and there were not many places left. Not a bad spot for staying a night.
Nice spot before going to Abbey caves :) The location is very good as it’s really close to the center. There is also Pak N Save only 5 mins walk from the camp site. The public bathroom was not too far, but it was closed at night.
Great spot for a free site. There is actually power however an adaptor is needed. Lovely clean bathrooms about 200m away. Limited spots so make sure to come early. Great spot for passing by.
Isabel van Megen
It‘s a nice spot with lublic bathrooms in walking distance. It gets pretty busy as it is the nicest spot in the area, close to the harbour. Make sure you get there early (before 5 pm) to get a spot. The centre with shops, cafes, bars and restaurants are within walking distance (10-15 min).
This is a nice safe spot in the middle of Whangarei - so good access to amenities. There’s limited space for campers in the car park. There are good clean public toilets nearby but they are closed at night. Just along the river front is a playground with an electric barbecue and picnic bench which is a nice place to eat on a sunny day.