Ocean Beach Carpark, Whangarei

Ocean Beach Carpark, Whangarei

Overnight Campervan Parking


14 Rankers Reviews

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8 Freedom Camping

3 Whangarei

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

The overflow carpark at Ocean Beach is closed to freedom camping from Saturday 19 December to Friday 15 January, inclusive. Very limited freedom camping will still be available at the designated freedom camping area in the main Ocean Beach carpark.


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Wayne's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic spot. Beautiful beach, peaceful bush surrounds, flat hard stand parking and modern/ clean amenities.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Belen Ramirez


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful place close to an amazing beach. Nice clean toilets and cold shower. Start of some nice hikings 😍 Beautiful sunset!

Reviewed 12 months ago

Claudi's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Long windy drive from Whangarei but the reward is a beautiful beach. Carpark is surrounded by trees. There were 4 campervans practising social distancing so spread over the whole carpark. Beautiful and quiet.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Tizwaz Travels

Ranking: 9/10

Space for 4, but this site is well worth the trip. Beach is awesome, about 200 yards from carpark. There are quite a few tracks from here and surfing looks incredible. Toilets clean and tidy. Well worth drive and no view of oil refinery here.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Kara's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing!!! There is only space for about 5 vehicles however there were about 15 there last night, spread out around the carpark, including some that weren’t CSC. No one came to check on us. Beach is a 5 minute walk from the carpark, popular surfing spot. Waves were too big for me and my boogie 🤪 toilet is open all night although it seems the outside shower has stopped working.. Super quiet and peaceful spot!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Lea's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful spot!
But only 5 allowed spaces for campervans.
The toilets were okay :)

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Sleepwalker's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Pretty nice spot to stay. Calm, quiet with 2 toilets and a (cold) outdoor shower. Space for 4-5 campervans, depending on parking skills ;-) and van sizes.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Mika's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful site, 4-5 spots, have toilets and outdoor shower. We arrived at around 2pm and were the only ones there. It filled up by around 6pm (visited November 2019). One of our favourite spots.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Bartezz's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Location is great but only a handful of spots within a large carpark. Very stingy of the council. Why not more space for campervans in an otherwhise empty carpark at night?? Just tell campervans to vacate after 8.30am so'they can at least stay the night.

Toilets nearby but no drinking water.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

JT's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

space for 4 cars but at this day many other cars spent the night and nothing had happened. good Start for the te whara track and close to the beautiful beach

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Andy and Julia

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

One of our favourite spots on our trip. Only 4-5 places available for camping in a bigger car park, but people just camped close by anyway. Even for a car park, was an especially beautiful place. Trees, bushes, picnic benches all through the car park made it a scenic place. Just a small walk over the sand dunes to the beach. Was a little windy on the beach but we found our good spot to sunbathe and swim. Toilets were fairly new and clean, with a cold shower on the outside. Water is a tad murky, but it’s not meant to be drunk. Also this spot was a great place to see the stars. Loved it.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Jacqui's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Lovely spot off beaten track. Walk through dunes from car park spot to beautiful sandy beach. Great for surfing and walks with access to Te Whara Track.
Only 5/6 spots available so would need to get there early to avoid disappointment. Appears 4 drop toilets have recently been replaced by two toilets and cold shower facility.
Would recommend

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Casper's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

Alright spot, just parking spaces. Nice trees and bush around the big parking lot. Fits about 4-5 cars.
Toilets looked brand new, the tap water in there is very dirty and smells really bad.
Beach closeby is very nice and there are some bushwalks as well.

Reviewed over 3 years ago