Auckland campervan parking

Auckland Regional Parks
that allow overnight Auckland campervan parking.

The following is a list of Auckland campervan parking areas. They are Regional Parks that allow self- contained camper vans, ( camper vans with built in toilets ) to park overnight.

Ambury

Nestled on the shore of the Manukau Harbour, Ambury Regional Park is a working farm, an important education centre and a birdwatchers paradise with a volcanic history – all just 15km from central Auckland.
Mangere Mountain is an extinct volcano, that provided ash covered lava flows that the park is created on. There are magnificent views over the Manukau Harbour to the heads and Waitakere Ranges. It takes its name from the Ambury Milk Company, which milked cows and ran a town milk supply farm here from 1893-1965.
You are free to wander through the park but requested to leave gates as you find them.
The farm animals at Ambury are family favourites. You can see sheep, cows, pigs, goats, horses, rabbits , chickens,turkeys, peacocks and pet lambs(in spring). You can get up close to the animals safely along grass lanes between the animal enclosures.
Alternatively you can go into the paddocks to mingle with them (except during lambing in late July and August).
Also, between the months of June and December, jersey cows are milked once a day at 10.30am. This milk is used to feed calves and pigs.
Auckland campervan parking access –
Self-contained Auckland campervans are welcome to stay in the Ambury carpark for a small fee.
How to get there –
Take the airport motorway and follow the signs from the Mangere Bridge and Coronation Rd off ramps to the park.
Distance from the CBD – 25 minutes.

Awhitu.

Awhitu Regional Park is a tranquil secluded location for Auckland campervan parking, on the south west shore of the Manukau Harbour. It has rolling pastures, peaceful bays and an interesting history.
The park has two long sandy beaches,(Brook Beach and Kauritutahi Beach) with modified wetlands behind them that provide a wonderful habitat for the rare fernbird (matata) and banded rail (moho pereru).
Auckland campervan parking access.
Self contained Auckland campervans able to stay up to 2 nights in carpark. When the ground is dry you can camp in campground.
How to get there –
Take State Highway 1 south, turn off at Drury and follow the signs to Waiuku. From Waiuku drive up the Awhitu Peninsula through Matakawau. About 2km past Matakawau turn right down Brook Rd into the park.
Distance from Auckland: 90 minutes.

Cascades.

Cascade Kauri, Lake Wainamu and Fairy Falls are located in the northern part of the Waitakere Ranges and offer great places to explore. See giant Kauri trees, huge sand dunes and spectacular waterfalls. Walk through ancient forests and along picturesque streams.
In the Cascade Kauri area you will discover excellent examples of large kauri, many over a hundred years old surrounding the Waitakere stream. Adjacent to this are pleasant and expansive picnic areas and a golf course.
You can walk the Montana Heritage Trail – an 8km track that provides access to the largest remaining stand of mature kauri in the Auckland region.
A partnership between Montana Wines Limited and the ARC has lead to a loop trail that is fast becoming an iconic Waitakere Ranges walk.
Auckland campervan parking access –
Self contained campervans can stay up to 2 nights in the Cascades Falls car park.
How to get there –
Head along Scenic Drive.
Fairy Falls are located on eastern slopes of the Waitakere Ranges about 5 km north of the Arataki Visitor Centre.
Cascade/Kauri and Lake Wainamu on the Bethells Road. Take Falls Road to Cascade/Kauri.
Distance from Auckland: 50 minutes

Huia

Huia is a tranquil settlement on the the Manukau Harbour with shallow tidal beaches, forest walks,a seaside park with childrens playground, picnic spots, a general store with takeaway food, and campsites.
Auckland campervan parking access –
Self contained Auckland campervans can stay up to 2 nights in the Barn Paddock car park.
How to get there –
Take the North-Western Motorway to the Great North Rd Exit. Follow Great North Rd onto Ash St which leads onto Rata St. Take Titirangi Rd right through Titirangi Village to the roundabout, take Huia Rd and follow through to Huia.
Distance from Auckland – 45 minutes

Hunua Ranges.

The Hunua Ranges frame the region’s southeastern skyline and make up Auckland’s largest forested landscape. More than 14,000 hectares of native forest filters about 2300mm of rain annually into four dams, which supply most of Auckland’s water.The park features tramping tracks, mountain biking, amazing scenery, fishing, swimming pools and waterfalls.
The Hunua Ranges are also home to the only mainland population of the kokako, one of New Zealands rarest birds, and is a habitat for the rare native Hochstetter’s frog (pepeke).
While parts of the Hunua Ranges are accessible to experienced trampers only, two key areas provide plenty of tracks, views and activities suitable for families. The first of these is in the west of the ranges and includes the popular Hunua Falls and Wairoa Reservoir. The other takes in the south and central part of the ranges around the Mangatangi and Mangatawhiri reservoirs.
Auckland campervan parking access –
Self contained camper vans able to stay up to 2 nights in car park.
How to get there –
Travel south on State Highway 1 and take the Papakura exit. Follow Beach Rd across Great South Rd and along Settlement Rd. Turn right by Edmund Hillary School into Hunua Rd. Follow Hunua Rd through the Hunua Gorge to the Hunua village.
Hunua Falls
Just before entering the village, turn left into White Rd, right into Falls Rd and follow this road to Hunua Falls.
To get to Wairoa Dam –
Drive through Hunua village, and continue on for approximately 8km then turn left into Moumoukai Rd.
Wairoa Dam is on the left, approximately 1km along this road. To get to Mangatawhiri Dam is the same as for Wairoa but follow Moumoukai Rd to its end in the Mangatawhiri valley.
Distance from Auckland to Auckland campervan parking: 60 minutes

Omana

Omana Regional Park lies on a gently contoured knoll from which visitors can enjoy expansive views of the inner Hauraki Gulf.
Located south east of Auckland city, between Beachlands and Maraetai, Omana is an ideal family park with a shelly beach offering safe swimming at high tide, picnic areas and barbecues. It has friendly, pet farmyard animals, which are always popular with the kids.
Camper van access – How to get there –
Turn off State Highway 1 at Highbrook Drive and bear left. Continue into Allens Road and turn left at Te Irirangi Drive. Turn right into Ti Rakau Drive at Botany Town Centre then left into Chapel Road. Turn right at the next roundabout (1.6km). You are now on Whitford Road, travel straight through the next two roundabouts (5.6km) Continue through Whitford Roundabout. Then follow the Whitford Maraetai road (10km). Just before you enter the township, the park turn off is on the left.
Distance from Auckland to Auckland campervan parking: Approimately 40 minutes.

Shakespear

Shakespear Regional Park is located on the scenic Whangaparaoa Peninsula, 40 minutes from the CBD.
The park offers a sanctuary with magnificent panoramic views. The inner Hauraki Gulf can be admired in all its glory and Auckland City can be seen on the horizon.
Birds from nearby Tiritiri Matangi Island sanctuary have traveled across the sea channel, to the regenerating native bush on the mainland at Shakespear. You can see the occasional kakariki and hear the courus of the renowned bellbirds. In the spring you are able to enjoy the newborn lambs amongst the open rural pastural setting.
At Te Haruhi Bay the resident peacocks display teir brilliant tail feathers. Stilts, Dotterels, and White-faced herons, visit the tidal flats.
Okoromai Bay, native pigeons and tui inhabit the regenerating native forest of Waterfall Gully.
Auckland campervan parking access –
Campervans can stay up to two nights in the Te Haruhi car park.
How to get there –
Follow State Highway 1 north and take the Silverdale off ramp. Go through Silverdale, turn right on to Whangaparaoa Rd and follow the signs to the end of the peninsula where you take a right turn.
Distance from Auckland to Auckland campervan parking: 50 minutes

Tapapakanga

Is located just south of Ōrere Point, beside the Firth of Thames, Tapapakanga takes you back to the world of the early settlers with its isolated beach front homestead and pohutukawa-fringed coast.
As well as its rich Maori and European history this beautiful park offers rolling farmland, a winding stream and expansive coastal view, all within easy reach of Auckland.
The beach is ideal for swimming. Other recreational opportunities at Tapapakanga include; fishing, kayaking, walks,mountain biking, picnics, barbecues, and camping.
Auckland campervan parking access –
Self contained campervans able to stay up to 2 nights in car park. Also 6 sites available in the Beachfront camp site. When it’s dry you can camp in Seaview camp site.
How to get there –
Drive south on Highway 1, take the Manurewa off ramp and head for Clevedon. From Clevedon follow the signs to Kawakawa Bay and on towards Orere Point. Just past Orere Point turn off the East Coast Rd down Deery Rd to the park.
Distance from Auckland to Auckland campervan parking:70 minutes

Tawharanui

Set on an isolated peninsula, Tawharanui Regional Park has some of the Auckland region’s most beautiful white sand beaches, shingled bays, regenerating native coastal forest and wetlands, and open grazed pastures.
The 588-hectare park is New Zealand’s first integrated open sanctuary (mainland island) where farming, public recreation and conservation of native species combine. The name Tawharanui refers to “the abundant bracts of the kiekie vine”. The iconic Anchor Bay is named after the anchor of the Phoenix, a vessel wrecked on the Tawharanui coastline in 1879.
Tawharanui Regional Park is also an Open Sanctuary, where native plants and animals including kiwi can live andbreed successfully without the threat of predators, due to the predator proof fence stopping re-infestation of feral predators.
Auckland campervan parking access –
Auckland campervans can park at Lagoon carpark for up to 2 nights.
How to get there –
Take State Highway 1 north to Warkworth. Follow the signs to Matakana. Just past Matakana turn right at the Omaha turn off, drive along Takatu Rd and the park is well sign posted. (Note: the last 6km of the route is a winding gravel road).
Distance from Auckland to Auckland campervan parking: 90 minutes

Waharau

Waharau stretches from the pebbly shore of the Firth of Thames (Tikapa Moana) into the eastern slopes of the Hunua Ranges. The coastal part of this park is between the sandy Waihihi Bay in the south and the Waharau Stream to the north. The inland section includes two campsites, barbecue areas and information. A series of loop tracks explore the foothills of the Hunua Ranges and link to some of the more rugged tramping tracks in the ranges.Waharau extends from the gravelly shore of the Firth of Thames (Tikapa Moana) into the eastern foothills of the Hunua Ranges. The coastal part of this park lies between the Waharau Stream in the north and sandy Waihihi Bay in the south.
The inland section includes two campsites, barbecue areas and information. A series of loop tracks explore the foothills of the Hunua Ranges and link to some of the more rugged tramping tracks in the ranges.
Waharau is the eastern gateway to the Hunua Ranges and a series of loop tracks traverse the foothills and link with some of the more rugged tramping tracks, which cross the Ranges.
Auckland campervan parking access –
Self contained Auckland campervans can stay in the carpark for 2 nights.
How to get there –
Drive south on State Highway 1 and to State Highway 2 before turning off on to Mangatangi Road. From there take Kaiaua Road to Kaiaua on the coast, turn left up East Coast Rd and the park is about 1km past Pukekereru Lane.
Distance from Auckland to Auckland campervan parking: 90 minutes

Whakanewha

On the south side of the Waiheke Island, Whakanewha Regional Park is known for its mature coastal forest with kohekohe, old kanuka trees, and taraire.
It also features a sweeping crescent-shaped beach cut in two by a bush clad headland and cascading streams.
The large wetland is home to some uncommon birds including the; banded rail, spotless crake, bittern and the New Zealand dotterel.
At shallow water at high tide, is warm in the summer and entertaing for children. Picnic spots on the foreshore are plentiful. At low tide a broad expanse of sandy tidal flats is revealed. The beach is divided into two sections by the pa promontory.
Auckland campervan parking access –
Self contained Auckland campervans are allowed to stay up to 2 nights in carpark.
How to get there –
Take the ferry from Central Auckland (car ferries from Half Moon Bay and a passenger ferry from Pine Harbour is also available) to Waiheke Island.
From the ferry catch a shuttle bus from Matiatia to the park or catch the Rocky Bay bus and get off at Gordons Rd to the park. From the Rocky Bay bus stop, walk up Omiha Rd to Upland Rd track and into the park.
Distance from Auckland to Auckland campervan parking:40 minutes

For bookings or more information on Auckland campervan parking contact the ARC on 09 366 2000 or parks@arc.govt.nz

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