Kowharewa Bay

Kowharewa Bay

Overnight Campervan Parking


18 Rankers Reviews

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6 Freedom Camping

2 Whangarei

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Absolutely no tents are allowed

Closed to campers between 18 December and 8 February inclusive each year. Open to day trippers only during that period.

Covid19 information can be found here: http://www.wdc.govt.nz/FacilitiesandRecreation/ReservesandOpenSpaces/Pages/Camping-in-public-places.aspx

One night maximum
You must park in the designated site that is indicated by signage
If the site is full, you must move on


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Whangarei District Council

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  • Freedom Camping
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Anna Swain's avatar

Anna Swain

Ranking: 10/10

Camped here in August. Perfect waterfront location. Room for 4 campers. Tidal estuary with sheltered cove. Lots of bird life. Clean toilet block. Peaceful. Outrigger canoe riders came after work.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Marg Dale

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Great spot. Only 2 others here. Toilets clean

Reviewed 12 months ago

Dan's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Really nice location although gets a bit busy with locals after work. They all bugger before dark though. Toilet was average but cleaned first thing in morning.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Chris's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

If there is heaps of space, DO NOT park right next to another camper. It's selfish and I will crank my music until you leave. Just had to do that now and they just left

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Kara's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing spot!! Bay is so calm and tranquil. Gets busy with locals on the weekends with water sports and day trips. Perfect place to paddle board when it’s calm!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Janelle's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

The campsite is situated just beside the beach. Best views and the bay is very warm to swim.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Dave's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Loved it here, cute little bay. Nice and peaceful

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Backpack On Fire

Ranking: 10/10

Very popular. Fills up early. They do come around and check you are in the allocated location. A bunch of people had to be moved for parking in the wrong spot. Good toilets, beautiful view. Great close place to Tutukaka. Highly recommend for a night.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Layna's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

First Freedom Camping spot we stayed at and we were SO happy. Absolutely lovely bay with rock sand beach. Secluded area, so way less people. Enough room for 5 vans in the area. Basic toilets present, no other amenities. Would definitely recommend as this site was so beautiful and peaceful. Get there before 3 or 4pm if you're hoping to get a spot

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Calum Brash

Ranking: 9/10

One of our favourite places, amazing beach and views. Clean toilets, no showers or anything. Space for 5 easily.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Lake's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Our favourite sport so far! Beautiful beach and bay. clean bathrooms.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

Carol's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Wonderful free camping spot in a calm bay. We even heard Kiwis at night. Amazing bays and beaches around in a 15 min drive.
We give only 9 stars, because the female toilet was blocked.
End of May all 5 spots were occupied.
We can highly reccomend to stay here

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Sheryl Mackintosh


Ranking: 8/10

We would have loved to stay here but it was already full at 4pm. It’s beautiful but the designated camping spot is really small and the vans were all parked really close together. Nice place to stop for the day though.

Reviewed about 3 years ago