Best Campgrounds in Auckland

Camping is a great way to spend quality time outdoors in beautiful locations, while getting some fresh air and exercise too.

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If you are planning a family camping holiday, a weekend break away, or a solo camping trip, we have listed some of the best campgrounds in Auckland. Whether you will be staying in a tent, motorhome, campervan, caravan, campermatic/pop top camper, or light trailer, these campgrounds are the perfect places to set up for that adventure travel getaway.

We have listed some of the best campground in Auckland, situated in the most beautiful and secluded spots.

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1. Ambury Regional Park Campground

Location: 43 Ambury Road, Mangere Bridge

Ambury Regional Park Campground is a basic campsite located 35 minutes from the Auckland CBD inside a working farm on the Manukau Harbour. Bookings can only be made six months in advance for campgrounds. There are ten hardstands available on a first-come first-served basis. Ambury Park is a working farm, so kids will love getting up close and personal with the sheep, pigs, cows, and horses. If you are a keen bird watcher, you can discover around 86 species of birds at Ambury Park. Ambury Campground is a great place for camping in Auckland.

Facilities:

Drinking waterParkingRanger OfficeRanger Contact Phone
Mobility ParkingToiletsBBQMobile Phone Coverage

Activities:

Bird WatchingDrones Art In The ParkFarm
Horse RidingLamb FeedingMountain BikingPicnics
WalkingSightseeingVolunteeringWeddings (Permit Needed)

2. Ātiu Creek Campground

Location: 414 Run Road, Tapora

Ātiu Creek Campground is a vehicle-based campground on the northern side of the park. Ātiu Creek is a great place for camping in Auckland, New Zealand. There is plenty to see and do such as picnics in a picturesque spot of your own, strolls where you can watch the sheep and cattle at the working farm, exploring different walking tracks, as well as cycling and horse riding tracks. If you have a horse, they can actually stay overnight too with a particular holding paddock on site.

There is parking for up to 25 cars at the end of the park entrance road, with overflow parking to the west of the main car park. Drinkable water is available from four taps located at the campground, along with one toilet block with three unisex toilets.

Dogs must be on a leash at all times in all other areas the park, unless otherwise stated in the dog walking section.

Facilities:

Boat rampMobile phone coverageMobility access (partial)Parking
Picnic tablesWater supplyRanger contact numberToilet block

Activities:

Horse RidingBoatingKayakingMountain biking
OrienteeringWalkingBird watchingFishing
PicnicsWeddings  Permit Needed)ExerciseFarm 

3. Cliff Top Campground At Ōmana Regional Park

Location: Omana Beach Road, Maraetai

Cliff Top Campground At Ōmana Regional Park is a grassed vehicle based campground. The campground sits on the eastern side of the park a close range from the beach. Ōmana Regional Park is a perfect family park with a beautiful beach that is safe to swim at high tide. There are two designated car parks below the main toilet block. You may need a permit to hold a wedding or civil union ceremony at this regional park. There are seven gas BBQs with electric starts at the campground. Cliff Top Campground At Ōmana Regional Park is a great camping spot for everyone to enjoy.

Facilities:

4 SitesBBQBeachBoat Ramp
Mobile Phone CoverageParkingMobility access (partial)Pedestrian Access

Activities:

WalkingPlaygroundBeachWeddings (Permit Needed)

4. Craw Campground

Location: 202 Anawhata Road, Anawhata

At Craw Campground you can stay in a tent, campervan, motorhome, or bus that is shorter than 7m. Anawhata provides beautiful views over the west coast, northern Piha, and down to Whatipu. If you are going there to surf, you will need to prepare yourself for a walk. The beach isn’t patrolled, so be careful and check the waters beforehand. Fishing on the west coast can be dangerous and waves are changeable, so always wear a lifejacket. There is only a single toilet located at the main car park area.

If you are an avid bird watcher, you will find fantail, grey warbler, shining cuckoo, long-tailed cuckoo, tui, morepork, waxeye, fern bird, and kereru.

Facilities:

ParkingToilet block

Activities:

Bird WatchingSwimmingFarm animalsFishing
SightseeingSurfingWalkingWeddings (Permit Needed)

5. Piggott’s / Hunua Ranges Campground

Location: Falls Road, Hunua

Hunua Ranges Campground is a perfect camping spot where you will discover bush clad ranges with streams, waterfalls, and magnificent landscapes. You can enjoy the largest native forest with your family whilst tucking into a tasty picnic by the Hunua Falls or on one numerous walks. Picnic tables are supplied at Hunua Falls, Wairoa, and Mangatawhiri. It is not advised to swim at the falls due to the many safety risks at this particular site. There’s a car park which allocates around 40 cars, with additional parking in paddocks in the valley. There are two toilet blocks. Trout fishing is available on the Wairoa river from beyond the falls, via private land, which is always advised beforehand.

Facilities:

ParkingPicnic sitesDrinking fountainToilets

Activities:

Bird watchingFishingMountain bikingWeddings (Permit Needed)
PicnicsHorse RidingVolunteeringWalking

6. Tāwharanui Regional Park

Location: 1181 Takatu Road, Tāwharanui Peninsula

Tāwharanui Regional Park is set on the eastern end of the Peninsula, with beautiful white sand beaches, fields of animals, shingled bays, and native coastal forest. There are four white sandy beaches to choose from on the northern coast, with the picturesque Anchor Bay being very popular. The bays at Tawharanui are great for swimming.

Tawharanui is a working sheep and cattle farm. There’s a few car parks to choose from: one large on site Car park; a designated car park at Anchor bay; Jones Bay car park which has 90 spaces; and Lagoon car park which is smaller at only 12 spaces for vehicles.

Facilities:

BeachesMobility parkingParkingToilets

Activities: 

KayakingPicnicsDivingSwimming

7. Shakespear SCC campground at Shakespear Regional Park

Location: 1501 Whangaparaoa Road, Army Bay

Shakespear SCC campground at Shakespear Regional Park is without a doubt the most visited. A great way to explore Shakespear is walking. There are several tracks that offer stunning views or a close-up nature experience within forest, bush, and wetlands, or animal spotting at the working farm. You can also have a fun day out whether its a relaxed picnic lunch or a dip in the sea at one of the beaches, Shakespear’s is suitable for swimming. Okoromai Bay is very tidal, advised to only swim at high tide. Shakespear is a popular spot for kite and windsurfing. There are several car park spaces available at: Army Bay, Waterfall Gully, Okoromai Bay, Lookout, and Te Haruhi Bay. There are drinking fountains at the designated picnic sites, at the lookout, and several along the three beach fronts.

Facilities:

ParkingWater SupplyRanger Contact NumberRanger Office
Picnic tablesToiletsMobility accessMobility parking
Bus StopBeachesBarbecuesBoat Ramp (Army Bay)

Activities:

Bird WatchingBoatingDivingMountain biking
ParaglidingWalkingSurfingFishing
PicnicsSightseeingSwimmingKayaking

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