Wellingtons Bay, Main Reserve...

Wellingtons Bay, Main Reserve (Whangaumu Reserve)

Overnight Campervan Parking


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18 Whangarei

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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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North IslandNorthlandWhangarei


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Anna Swain's avatar

Anna Swain

Ranking: 10/10

We drove here to check it out. Beautiful sweeping beach with camping at north end for 4 campervan. Peaceful. Lovely beach walk to south end then climb up to view point. You can walk down to next Bay or loop back down the street of beaches. Really lovely spot. Toilet block nearby.

Reviewed 9 months ago

Sandy's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

We stayed over a Monday night. Very calm and beautiful spot. Space for 4 campers but some users are very selfish and tried to get us to park away from them. Plenty of grass and benches for picnic. The bay is pretty and sheltered. It seems very safe for swimming and even saw afew surfers but not sure where the waves are.
The toilets in shady spot are in great condition with flush, tap, soap and even working hand dryer.
In the morning many locals walk their dogs on the beach and the grass. Very genteel location where everyone says good morning to you. Doesnt seem like the kind of place for parties and drinking. Perfect for contemplation and a book.
If this site is full, it’s short drive back up the hill to other sites. This is a cul de sac road so no through traffic which is nice.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Mortlandz's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Lovely quiet beach, with 4 parks right there. We got there too late for those parks and the Northland Freedom camping ambassador came along and said in January there’s overflow parking allowed on the grassy park 50m along passed the boat ramp. Great spot, again on beach, see view, nice tree to park under. Climb up steep hill (bit of gorde) but nice view at the top, only 5 mins.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Aimee's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Limited number of spaces but people were parked outside the designated area. Beautiful beach to wake up next to. Toilet was all good - what you’d expect for a public toilet.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Jason's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great freedom camping spot for 3 - 4 self contained vehicles. Pristine location right on the beach, so close you’re almost sleeping on it. There are public toilets close by which are about what you expect for public toilets. In peak season I suggest you get there relatively early on in the day to make sure you get a spot as space is limited. A local freedom camping ambassador approached us with flyers about local dump stations etc and mentioned that there was a spill over parking location further down the reserve, so maybe they can handle more campers. This is not a secluded spot so be prepared for some noisy cars hooning past and not too much privacy.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Jackue's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Toilets are close. Space for about 4 vans shorter than 6 meter.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

John's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Very nice vibe as you drive into the area. As you drive along the rd you'll notice the pines and toilets. Not so far after the toilets is the designated spaces. Very limited spaces however when you have one the beach is very relaxing and quiet.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Adam's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Awesome spot, right on the beach! Super busy, so we had to park just outside of the designated camping spot (room for about 4-5 vans). A lot of people were camping outside of the designated spots. Public flushing toilets. Great spot to watch the sun rise/set!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Kerik's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Very lovely spot to stay the night when we were making our way north. Picnic tables next to camping spots to cook dinner. The view of the beach was nice and the bathrooms close by.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

Dan's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Good for self contained and non-self contained campervans!
Busy beach on the weekend, but empties out by early evening. Spectacular views of sunset, and safe beach to swim!
Super flat spot to park and camp, right at edge of beach. 10min drive into Tutukaka for diving and snorkelling!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Izzy's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

This is a lovely quiet spot right next to the beach. Very scenic, with public toilets that were clean and open 24hr. No designated spaces and a fair bit of space for everyone to enjoy.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago