Discover the Best Campsites in Auckland


A testament to Auckland’s explosive past, over 50 volcanic cones contour its dramatic landscape while also offering excellent vantage points for scenic selfies.


Auckland City TNZ

Bordered by the Waitakere Ranges in the west and the magnificent Waitemata Harbour to the east, Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city housing over 1.6 million people. It’s also one of the country’s most scenic — with a spectacular combination of sparkling waters, heavenly beaches and lush bush. 

The Auckland region also offers a range of accessible regional parks, campgrounds and holiday parks — making it ideal for exploring in a motorhome.



Why Auckland is a great place for a camping holiday

Known as Tāmaki Makaurau in Māori, meaning desired by many, Auckland is perfect for motorhomers and campers as it can provide the best of all worlds, including:

  • Stunning natural landscapes — both coastal and rural
  • Fine dining, sublime casual eateries, galleries, museums and entertainment
  • Outdoor activities — from ziplining and surfing to kayaking and canyoning to walking and cycle trails
  • All the urban amenities and diversions you’d expect from a major city.


Check out our top ten things to do in Auckland blog for more inspiration.


Dining out in Auckland


Most campervan hire companies have their main depots in Auckland. If you organise your campervan hire in Auckland, whichever direction you decide to drive, you’re barely an hour or two from a unique slice of camping paradise.



When is the best time of year to camp in Auckland?

Auckland is an excellent all-season motorhome destination because the weather is pretty consistent. The average low in winter is a not-so-chilly 14 degrees Celsius — while in summer the mercury sits at around 23 degrees.


woman looking out to Auckland city from a ferry

Warmer months lend themselves to beachside fun but you can still enjoy Auckland’s coast in winter — and popular spots will be less crowded. Imagine having a local beach and bush walk virtually all to yourself?

Take a read of our blog on the
best time to see New Zealand in a campervan.



Camping ground options in Auckland

Auckland offers a wide variety of accommodation for campervan travel — from basic cost-effective sites in rural areas to privately owned holiday parks with all the amenities.

It’s easy to travel from one place to another in under a few hours, which means you can experience a wide range of the city’s myriad charms.

But before you set off, if you haven’t rented a campervan before, or you need a refresher, check out our guide to motorhome camping in New Zealand.


West Coast campsite


Holiday Parks


Holiday parks are like more luxurious campsites. They tend to have higher quality facilities and a wider array of accommodation options. You may even find a swimming pool or barbecue area at these campgrounds.


Takapuna Beach Holiday Park


Takapuna Holiday Park 3


This laidback campsite is right by Takapuna Beach on Auckland’s North Shore — just 10km from the CBD.

With iconic Rangitoto Island on the horizon and close enough to kayak to, the bustling township of Takapuna is just a few minutes' walk away. There you can enjoy fine dining, bars, shopping and even a movie or live theatre.

This camping ground is renowned for:

  • Having spectacular city views — and being very close to central Auckland
  • Plenty of playgrounds — plus walks and bike paths nearby
  • A dog-friendly attitude.

As for Takapuna Beach Café right next door, they serve up an incredible selection of gourmet ice cream.


Highlight: Waking up to see the sun rising over Rangitoto Island
Location: 22 The Promenade — Takapuna
Booking: Takapuna Beach Holiday Park


Piha Domain Motor Camp


Piha is one of the west coast’s most loved beaches, and it’s only 40km from downtown Auckland. Accessed via winding bush-fringed roads, Piha Domain Motor Camp has all the amenities you’ll need — including a toilet and shower block that could win architectural awards.

At Piha Domain, you’ll also find a:

  • Playground and a basketball court
  • Skateboard ramp
  • Football field
  • Tennis court and a bowling green.

With the beach right in front of you, maybe borrow a bodyboard and hit the waves. Or with the bush directly behind you, enjoy a short stroll or longer hike through the forest. One popular walk will take you to picturesque Kitekite Falls.


Piha Beach 2

Be sure to take extra care on the drive over to Piha, as well as in the surf which has a notorious reputation for getting swimmers into trouble.

Highlight: Parking up only a hop, skip and a jump away from Piha Beach
Location: 21 Seaview Rd — Piha
Booking: Piha Domain Motor Camp


Martin’s Bay Holiday Park


Martin’s Bay is on the balmy east coast just 70km north of Auckland. Located just beyond the historic riverside township of Warkworth, try to book one of the powered beachfront sites. Then settle in to enjoy some of the best views in the world.


Martins Bay Holiday Park 2

Facilities are plentiful and include a:

  • Kitchen — along with barbecue areas
  • Playground — complete with a trampoline
  • TV lounge — for socialising when there’s a sports match on.

You can also hire kayaks, stand up paddle boards (SUPs) or pedal karts. And masks, snorkels and boogie boards can be borrowed from reception.

Regional parks in the vicinity include Scandrett, Mahurangi and pest-free Tāwharanui. All of them are paradise for bird lovers with non-powered sites bookable through the
Auckland Council.


Highlight: The long stretch of sandy beach at this remote coastal escape
Location: 287 Martins Bay Road — Mahurangi East
Booking: Martins Bay Holiday Park


Clarks Beach Holiday Park


Offering guests a warm welcome on the south side of Manukau Harbour is Clarks Beach Holiday Park. It’s located about 45 minutes drive south of Auckland Airport.


Clarks Beach 2

With all the amenities expected from a top-rated holiday park, you’ll have access to a:

  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue area
  • Playground and toys for the kids
  • Mini golf course for bigger kids.

The golf course next door will add to the attractiveness of Clarks Beach — especially if you’re into golf.

: The feeling of camping at the tip of a remote peninsula
Location: 226 Torkar Road — Clarks Beach
Booking: Clarks Beach Holiday Park


Miranda Holiday Park


Miranda Holiday Park is a relaxing stopover for a night or two and only an hour south of the airport. The park features:

  • Barbecue spaces
  • A playground and a flying fox
  • Mini golf and a tennis court
  • Trike hire and a BMX track
  • Mineral hot pools.

Be sure to make time to explore the astonishing avian wildlife at Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre. And if you love biking, cycle a stretch of the famous Hauraki Rail Trail.


Miranda Holiday Park 2

: Complimentary use of the park’s hot thermal mineral pools
Location: 595 Front Miranda Road — Pūkorokoro (Miranda)
Booking: Miranda Holiday Park



Regional Parks

In New Zealand, regional parks are owned and managed by regional councils. Expect them to have fewer facilities than commercial campsites or holiday parks.


Āwhitu Regional Park


Set on the western shores of the Manukau Harbour about 84km southwest of Auckland Airport is Āwhitu Regional Park. It provides unpowered campsites with basic amenities.


Awhitu regional park 2

Part of a working farm, Āwhitu Regional Park is open from October 10 to May 30 annually and is reached via pleasantly undulating rural roads. The basic campground has:


  • Beach access
  • Toilets
  • Barbecues
  • Drinking water. 

After you make camp, you’ll have options to set off and explore wetlands, swim at nearby beaches or ride mountain bike trails. For more New Zealand biking info, take a look at our North Island bike road trip itinerary.

: The idea of being far away from the city yet still within an easy driving distance
Location: Brook Road — Āwhitu
Booking: Āwhitu Regional Park


Ōmana Regional Park


Set on a working farm, Ōmana Regional Park offers panoramic views of the inner Hauraki Gulf Harbour. A mere 32km east of Auckland Airport, the park has basic facilities — but what’s lacking in modcons is made up for with scenic beauty.


Omana Regional Park 2

Play in the boughs of majestic pōhutukawa trees, swim in the ocean, or watch the kids frolic in the
excellent playground. Other facilities you’ll find include:

  • Orienteering and farmland walks one of which is a 2.5km perimeter walk that crosses paddocks, mangroves and estuary habitats
  • Seven gas barbecues
  • Basic toilets
  • Picnic tables.

Ōmana Regional Park is bliss for kayakers, bird watchers and beach lovers.

Highlight: The incredible 360 degree views from the high lookout point
Location: Ōmana Beach Road — Maraetai
Booking: Ōmana Regional Park


Shakespear Regional Park


Nestled behind the sand dunes of a sweeping white sand beach, Te Haruhi Bay Campground is in Shakespear Regional Park at the end of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.


Te Haruhi Bay 2

About 73km from Auckland Airport, the park is a super relaxed place to enjoy sheltered camping with views across the Hauraki Gulf towards the city. At Shakespear, you’ll find:

  • Cold showers and flush toilets
  • Changing rooms
  • Tap water — which should be boiled before drinking
  • Walks galore — plenty of trails to stroll the day away, ranging from 15min to two hours.

Shakespear Regional Park is only a short drive to the townships of Stanmore Bay, Manly and Gulf Harbour.

: The variety of walks available to you
Location: 1501 Whangaparaoa Road — Army Bay
Booking: Shakespear Regional Park


Whakanewha Regional Park


If you’re not daunted by the additional effort (and cost) of taking your motorhome hire on a ferry, travelling to Waiheke Island in the Hauraki Gulf is a great option.

One of the best motorhome camps is
Poukaraka Flats Campground in Whakanewha Regional Park — also managed by Auckland Council. It features:

  • A roomy sheltered camping area
  • Drinkable water
  • Toilets and cold showers
  • Barbecues.

From this campground, you can explore everything the island has to offer — from stunning vineyards to gorgeous white-sand beaches and incredible bush walks through regenerating native bush and forest.

Whakanewha is open year round and is perfect if you’re an explorer who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Highlight: The journey to get there is as enjoyable as the destination
Location: 75 Gordons Rd — Waiheke Island
Booking: Whakanewha Regional Park


Council-run regional park campsites

All regional park campsites need to be booked and paid for in order to stay in your designated camping area. You’re also required to take out all your own rubbish and waste.



Freedom camping

Responsible freedom camping is allowed in Auckland and you can park up for the night at specific council-controlled locations — as long as you have a certified self-contained (CSC) vehicle. Check with your rental operator that their campervans or motorhomes are CSC before hiring.


Freedom camping by a North Island beach


Gulf Harbour Car Park


Set amongst a little seaside town is this scenic freedom camping spot — right next to the local marina.

Although the maximum stay here is two nights, the facilities available include public toilets and the car parking space itself is large.

Highlight: Relaxing spot for early morning walks
Location: Laurie Southwick Parade Ferry Terminal — Gulf Harbour
Booking: Free — first in, first served


Hamilton’s Gap


Head south of Auckland Airport and take the road all the way to the west coast. This isolated freedom camping location will feel like pure bliss as you wander up and down the remote beach. Facilities include:


  • Toilets
  • Outdoor shower.

Highlight: The sheer isolation
Location: End of West Coast Road — Āwhitu
Booking: Free — first in, first served


Cox’s Bay Esplanade


Available to freedom campers in CSC vehicles, this small overnight park up is super close to the centre of Auckland. 

A simple car parking area, there aren’t any facilities here at Cox’s Bay — but there is access to the nearby bay for an early morning swim.

Highlight: The central location
Location: West End Road — Herne Bay
Booking: Free — first in, first served


It’s important to understand the local freedom camping bylaws before you decide to park up in a public park for the night in Auckland — to avoid getting fined.

In general,
to enjoy freedom camping in Auckland you must:

  • Be in a CSC vehicle
  • Stay no more than two nights in the same spot
  • Vacate your parking space by 9am on leaving day
  • Not return to the same road or off-road parking area within a two-week period
  • Comply with any special rules for freedom camping in restricted areas
  • Meet other rules about disposal of waste and responsible freedom camping.

Take a look at our complete guide to camping in New Zealand and learn about the Tiaki Promise to understand why these guidelines are in place.


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