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The 12 Best Campgrounds in Auckland (& Regional Auckland)

April 4, 2022

Discover the best campgrounds in Auckland and those within easy reach of the city.

Auckland is a multi-cultural hub with tasty cuisine, art, and music so it’s no wonder millions of people visit our city each year!

Whether you’re looking to explore the Hauraki Gulf, hike the coast to coast walk, or simply relax – this diverse city has so much to offer.

With so many fun things to do in Auckland, it can be difficult to decide how to curb your spending.

There are plenty of awesome hotels and airbnbs in Auckland, but campgrounds are the way to go if you’re looking to cut back on your expenses.

Plus, camping can provide plenty of entertainment in itself and help to form life-long memories.

So, let’s save you some cash and dive into the best campgrounds in and around Auckland!

This post first appeared on Exploring Auckland.

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Martins Bay Holiday Park. Photo credit: Auckland Council.

The Top Campgrounds in Auckland

To help you make the most out of your stay, we’re pleased to share these recommendations with you.

This list includes top-of-the-range holiday parks and campgrounds with simpler facilities, so you can choose from the best of both worlds.

These are what we consider to be the best campgrounds in and around Auckland!

1. Ambury Park Campground

The Ambury Park Campground is one of the more basic campgrounds on this list. It’s in a beautiful park setting though, which makes it a pleasure to stay at.

There, you’ll find 10 hardstands available on a first-serve basis. Plus, if it’s dry, campervans, motorhomes, caravans and tents can be placed anywhere, providing a lot more capacity.

The site also has toilet facilities, water (though you’ll need to boil before drinking it), picnic tables and barbecues. There are no bins there though, so you’ll have to take your rubbish with you when you’re done.

If you’re looking for a cheap and simple campground in Auckland, then this is the one for you! It’s the perfect way to save some cash whilst visiting this awesome city.

43 Ambury Road, Māngere Bridge, 2022

Pro Tip: Ambury Farm is home to one of the best petting zoos in Auckland, making this a great options for families!

Make use of the free BBQs at the Ambury Park Campground. Photo credit: Auckland Council.

2. Takapuna Beach Holiday Park

The Takapuna Beach Holiday Park is situated on the shores of Takapuna Beach, offering a fairly central location for campers.

There, you’ll enjoy waking up to stunning views of the Hauraki Gulf and Rangitoto Island, which is truly something else!

Although this holiday park has a ‘back to basics’ approach, they have several facilities including a communal kitchen, laundry facilities, an outdoor dining area, and a BBQ for guests to use.

One of the best things about this site is how accessible it is. There is public transport available nearby, which will take you right into Auckland’s city centre, or you can easily walk into Takapuna.

This holiday park is also pet-friendly so you can take your pooch with you.

22 The Promenade, Takapuna, Auckland 0622

Book: A comfortable room at the Takapuna Beach Holiday Park.

Photo credit: Takapuna Beach Holiday Park.

3. Orewa Beach Holiday Park

The Orewa Beach Holiday Park is located north of Auckland on the scenic Orewa beachfront.

With powered campsites, motel rooms, cabins, and glamping sites, this campground has something for everyone.

Orewa Beach Holiday Park also has plenty of facilities for guests including a children’s adventure playground, a shop, a games room, and a boat ramp. If you’re feeling adventurous you can also hire paddleboards and pedal karts.

Surprisingly though, that’s not even the best part about this holiday park.

It’s location is second-to-none if you’re wanting to relax within the boundaries of Auckland. It’s close to several restaurants, mini-golf, the Waiwera Thermal Spa Resort (we’re patiently awaiting its reopening) and of course the beach..

It’s also a great base for taking a trip out to Tiritiri Matangi Island, as the Gulf Harbour Marina is relatively close.

265 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa, Auckland 0931

Book: Your stay at the Orewa Beach Holiday Park.

Photo credit: Auckland Council.

4. Poukaraka Flats Campground

The Poukaraka Flats Campground is a quiet, basic campsite that is located in a stunning part of Auckland.

On the beautiful Waiheke Island, within Whakanewha Regional Park, this campground is set back from a scenic bay.

On-site facilities are simple but include toilets, outdoor showers, BBQs, and drinking water.

Now it may seem like this site doesn’t have a lot to offer. However, what it lacks in facilities, it makes up for with the experience.

The beach is located only a stone’s throw away, and this campground is an awesome place to spot native birdlife.

With that in mind, we think Poukaraka Flats is one of the best campgrounds in Auckland if you’re looking to be surrounded by nature.

Plus, it’s another really affordable camping option!

75 Gordons Road, Waiheke Island 1971

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Photo credit: Auckland Council.

5. Avondale Motor Park

The Avondale Motor Park is Auckland’s most central holiday park.

With several awesome facilities, a range of accommodation options and public transport, links it’s a great choice for those wanting to camp close to Auckland.

They offer a variety of low-cost options including powered and unpowered sites, cabins, flats and on-site caravans. This means there’s something for everyone wanting to stay over.

You will, of course, find plenty of facilities on-site including kitchen and laundries, a TV room and library, and a children’s playground to keep the little ones entertained.

If you’re looking for a low-cost campground in Auckland, then the Avondale Motor Park is a great option.

46 Bollard Avenue, New Windsor, Owairaka 0600

Book: Your stay at the Avondale Motor Park.

Photo credit: Avondale Motor Park.

The Best Campgrounds in Regional Auckland

These campgrounds are situated within Regional Auckland and are located a further out from the city.

They provide a great opportunity to enjoy our stunning natural setting, all whilst still being within fairly easy reach of the city.

6. Big Bay Holiday Park

If you’re looking for a tranquil campground in a beautiful setting, then Big Bay Holiday Park is the perfect choice.

It is, without a doubt, one of the best campgrounds close to Auckland, thanks to its scenic bay views and plentiful facilities. This holiday park is also a great base to explore the Awhitu Peninsula.

The Big Bay Holiday Park has a range of accommodation styles available. You’ll also find plenty of creature comforts there including WiFi, barbecue areas, an on-site camp store and clean and tidy bathrooms.

Want to know the best part though? There is a free wood-fired pizza oven for all campers to use!

With spectacular scenery, awesome facilities and the chance to make your own pizza, what else do you need?

The Big Bay Holiday Park is located 1.5 hours from Auckland’s CBD.

271 Big Bay Road, Āwhitu 2684

Enjoy fishing locally. Photo credit: Big Bay Holiday Park.

7. Martins Bay Holiday Park

Martins Bay Holiday Park offers a unique coastal escape for campers with breathtaking views and plenty of swimming opportunities.

The holiday park is located on the Mahurangi Peninsula and faces Kawau Island and the Hauraki Gulf.

Whether you’re looking to camp or stay in cheap accommodation, you’re in luck here.

The Martins Bay Holiday Park offers a variety of different accommodation options including camping and glamping sites, cabins, tourist flats and on-site caravans.

Plus, there are plenty of things to do here including relaxing on the beach, swimming, and fishing. Kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are also available to hire.

If you’ve got little ones, there is a children’s playground on-site, a trampoline, and a foosball table too. All in all, plenty to keep them entertained.

Martins Bay Holiday Park is located an hour’s drive from Auckland’s CBD.

287 Martins Bay Road, Mahurangi East 0982

Leave your camping gear at home and book a glamping tent. Photo credit: Martins Bay Holiday Park.

8. Whangateau Holiday Park

Whangateau Holiday Park is located right on the water’s edge of Whangateau Harbor.

It’s a large site with over 80 waterfront and standard powered sites, and an array of accommodation including cabins, on-site caravans, and family rooms. So if you don’t fancy camping, there are other affordable options there too.

The holiday park has several facilities including a communal kitchen and dining area, a TV room, laundry facilities and free WiFi.

However, the main draw for campers is the location. With beautiful sea views and its close proximity to Goat Island Marine Reserve (with its fabulous snorkelling), this is a spot you don’t want to miss!

Whangateau Holiday Park is an hour’s drive from Auckland’s CBD.

559 Leigh Road, Whangateau 0985

What a place to relax! Photo credit: Whangateau Holiday Park.

9. Tāwharanui Campground

The Tāwharanui Campground is located on the coast, just beyond Matakana.

Tāwharanui itself is a beautiful spot with incredible birdlife (including the opportunity to see saddleback, takahē and kiwi in the wild) and bush just waiting to explore. It’s hard to believe that such an incredible natural spot exists so close to the city!

The campsite is located behind sand dunes, where you’ll also fund access points to show you how to get onto the stunning beach.

If you’re in a tent you can camp in this area, but there is a separate vehicle-based campground just to the left.

This is one of the simpler sites on the list with only drinking water (that you’ll need to boil) and toilet blocks, but trust us with views like this, you won’t need anything else!

If you’re looking for cheap campgrounds in Regional Auckland, then this may be the place for you.

Tāwharanui Campground is a 1 hour, 15-minute drive from Auckland’s CBD.

1181 Takatu Road Tāwharanui Peninsula, Matakana 0986

Photo credit: Auckland Council.

10. Pakiri Beach Holiday Park

Pakiri Beach Holiday Park is a beachfront park that offers campers the chance to head out and enjoy the local beach.

There, you’ll find beachfront cottages and cabins, as well as sites for tents, caravans and motorhomes. With such a wide variety of options, they have something for every type of traveller.

Whether you’re staying for the weekend or a week, you won’t run out of things to do at this holiday park.

If you’re an experienced surfer you can hire out a surfboard, or families can take up kayaking together.

There is also plenty to entertain the children on-site, including a playground, games room, a pétanque court and giant chess too.

This holiday park has been the background of many happy family memories – could it be the same for you?

Pakiri Beach Holiday Park is a 1.5 hr drive from Auckland’s CBD.

261 Pakiri River Road, Pakiri 0972

Book: An incredible stay at Pakiri Beach Holiday Park.

Photo credit: Pakiri Beach Holiday Park.

11. Cliff Top Campground at Ōmana Regional Park

Ōmana Regional Park is a beautiful area, and during your stay here you’ll be treated to stunning views of the inner Hauraki Gulf.

The cliff-top campground at Ōmana Regional Park is a popular choice for campers looking to save some cash whilst still enjoying a wonderful part of Regional Auckland.

This simple (but beautiful) site offers drinkable water (that needs boiling) and toilet blocks on-site, as well as plenty of things to do in the area.

You can take a wander along the perimeter walk which is a 2.5km path through native forest, mangroves and estuaries, or you can head down to the beach.

There are also a number of BBQs that you can use (at no charge), along with a playground and a petting farm (including rabbits and goats).

It’s important to note that there are no rubbish disposal facilities at the cliff-top campground so you’ll have to take your rubbish with you. Fires are also prohibited here, as in most parts of Auckland.

Ōmana Regional Park is around a 45-minute drive from Auckland’s CBD.

2 Omana Beach Road, Maraetai 2018

Photo credit: Auckland Council.

12. Whatipū Lodge and Campground

Whatipū Lodge and Campground is located on the edge of the Waitakere Ranges, which is one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Auckland.

When it comes to accommodation there are a couple of choices there. You can choose to stay in Whatipū Lodge, Whatipū Bach (which is a small cottage), or on the campground.

There is no electricity or water on the campground, but the location more than makes up for that!

Although a ‘back to basics’ experience, you’ll have the chance to pursue a variety of activities during your stay here. That includes swimming, fishing, hiking, birdwatching, star gazing and photography – so don’t forget your camera!

Whatipu Lodge and Campground is an hour’s drive from Auckland’s CBD.

Whatipu Road, Huia, Auckland 0604

Photo credit: Whatipū Lodge and Campground.

Whether you want to stay as close as possible to the centre of Auckland or you’d prefer somewhere a bit further out – there are plenty of campgrounds in Auckland to choose from.

Some are only a 15-minute journey into the centre of the city, whilst others are situated further out within regional Auckland.

Each campground on this list offers a great alternative to expensive hotel accommodation.


Have you visited any of these campgrounds before?

If you have, we’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below…

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