Sandy Bay Carpark, Whangarei

Sandy Bay Carpark, Whangarei

Overnight Campervan Parking


9 Rankers Reviews

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16 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.

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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


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Whangarei District Council

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Beachcamper's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Awesome scenic spot with clean toilets and running (not potable) water. Nice free BBQ to use.

Only thing annoying was the pesky seagulls!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Kara's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great spot with ocean views. I stayed here just before a storm hit and it was so windy and rainy.. so I don’t recommend to stay here if it’s bad weather.. lucky I was behind a big horse truck to shelter me! But I barely slept because the wind was rocking my van.. despite the weather this is a great spot and would be primo on a nice day!!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Great spot off the road, right in the beach near a nice little stream. Great surf. Highly recommend.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Aimee's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

There is a limited number of spots here and it was full so we stayed in the car park near by. (We had got quite sick and were unable to keep driving and there was no sign saying we couldn't??). The toilet was clean enough and the beach was beautiful.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Mike Smith

Ranking: 9/10

Small car park right by the beach. Clean toilets close by. Space for about 8 campers. Loved it.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Rachelle's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful spot to post up for the night. Clean toilets, free BBQ and picnic table. Watching the surfers was very cool. About 6 or so spots available and filled up by 6pm. Seagulls are a tad aggressive, but when aren't they. Would recommend!!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Jenny's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great freedom camping spot. Right on the beach which is gorgeous. Nice clean toilets plus picnic table and bbq. Was lovely and quiet and very peaceful. Would stay here again!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Andy and Julia

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful sunset spot by the beach. A pretty small camp place, so be sure to get there before the evening as we had to squeeze close together. Ok toilets, male and female separated, but no one really cared. We still really enjoyed our night, and who doesn’t love waking up next to the beach.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

Kay's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Surfspot, great view, one men+ one women restroom. Quiet clean for public ones. Campsite at the SH but not very much traffic at night. Nice for a stay

Reviewed about 4 years ago