Otamure Bay, Whananaki North, where the DOC campsite is—just back from the dunes
PHOTO: Anne | Arty Green in Paradise ©


Camp in a beach-front setting with large pōhutukawa trees for shade. Relax on the beach or walk along the coast.


Campsite overview


  • Car
  • Motorhome
  • Caravan


  • Coastal


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Boat launching
  • Shower - cold
  • Water from tap
  • Wheelchair accessible
130 non-powered/tent sites


  • Diving and snorkelling
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

Seasonal restrictions

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

No dogs

  • Kauri dieback
    Help stop kauri dieback

    Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

    • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
    • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forest.

About this campsite

Getting there

Otamure Bay (Whananaki) campsite lies almost 30 km north of Whangarei, near Whananaki North on Northland's East Coast.

Go past Hikurangi on SH1. Turn off SH1 at Whananaki North Road, which becomes Rockell Road, and travel 27 km. The campsite is 4 km past Whananaki shop and school.


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1732719, N6071514
Latitude: -35.49228157, Longitude: 174.46135262


  • Adult (18+ years): $13 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $6.50 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free

Campers are required to purchase a $2.00 rubbish bag to assist with the disposal of rubbish and recyclable items.

Backcountry hut pass does not apply.


We recommend you make a booking during the busy summer season. Book online or contact the Otamure Bay camp office, phone: +64 9 433 8402.

Before you book:

Changes or alterations to bookings could incur a $10 fee per change.


Walk in the nearby Motutara Recreation Reserve or the Watkin Powell Track.

Out on the headland there are several small, secluded beaches and some good fishing and diving spots. 

Know before you go

  • Camp office hours are 7:30 am to 8:00 pm.
  • Camp gates and barrier arms are locked from 9:00 pm to 7:30 am.
  • Contact the campground on +64 9 433 8402.
  • Camp host on-site year round.
  • Leave gates as you find them.
  • Read the camp rules.
  • Northland reserve bylaws apply to Otamure Recreation Reserve.


Whangarei Office
Phone:   +64 9 470 3300
Address:   2 South End Ave
Whangarei 0110
Email:   whangarei@doc.govt.nz
Full office details
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