Woolleys Bay, Western Carpark

Woolleys Bay, Western Carpark

Overnight Campervan Parking


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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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Jackson's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Out of the 3 free campsites here, this one is the best for roof-tents as this site is grass base and plenty of space compared to the rest. Also this beach parking seems to be the least busy of the 3 for day trippers

Reviewed 2 months ago

Dan's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Nice spot, very quiet. Nice beach, clean toilets. Ground a bit uneven though. But otherwise great

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Rapha's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Relaxed, quiet, clean toilets, behind sanddunes, really nice beach. Can be lighlty flooded when raining. Limited spots available, guessing 6 vehicles could fit.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Backpack On Fire

Ranking: 10/10

Cute place. Lovely beach on the other side of the dunes. Popular and fills up quickly. They do come around and check you are parked in the correct space. A bunch of people had to move on when security showed up because there wasn’t enough space for them to fit in so be sure to follow the signs. Good toilets. Nice and close to Matapouri.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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ilz's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Awesome spot; just a 30 secs walk to the beach. Can’t see the beach from the site but can definitely hear the waves.

Clean washrooms with water and toilet paper provided.

Small free camp area, approx 10 cars can fit so definitely get here before 5pm. They do come and check and ask you to move along to a different site if you are not parked in the designated area.

Downside? giant rats are everywhere at night so keep your food away!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Layna's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Parking lot with a section for campers. Quick walk over a hill to a stunning beach. Area for parking can fit at least 6 vans, we ended up with quite a few more. Basic bathrooms across the lot.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Shayne and cheyenne

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful beach, great fishing.... public toilets and picnic tables, get to listen to the sound of the ocean while laying in bed!! Awsome

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Calum Brash

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful beach, room for quite a lot of campers (easily 10). However there was a storm the night we stayed and so the toilets being a 2 minute walk away wasn't ideal haha

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Piluki's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Lovely place by the sea, not very close to the road. Clean toilets with paper.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Pierre-Yves's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

A passé une nuit parfaite , camping calme et toilettes avec lumière propre 👍

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Marion's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Very nice freecamp right next to a nice beach and access to a public toilet ! We were alone there

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Suze's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Fantastic wee spot. Pity about all the people who couldn’t follow the instructions and camp in the allowed area, which does only fit in about 8-10 small vans. Good to see they were moved along though and those who tried to sneak in after dark were fined $200 the next morning. Follow the rules people and don’t ruin the ‘freedom camping’ experience for others as this spot is beautiful. Please respect and keep it this way for others to enjoy.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

JT's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

lot of space. officially for about 10 cars or tents but as we were there more than 30 cars and 20 tents in the whole area.

Reviewed over 3 years ago