Peering over the dunes at Uretiti Beach

Image: Brandon Koger


This is a scenic campsite in the Whangārei area. Camp behind the sand dunes of Uretiti Beach, a sandy surf beach.


Campsite overview


  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan


  • Coastal


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Shelter for cooking
  • Shower - hot
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from tap - treated, suitable for drinking
  • Wheelchair accessible
300 non-powered/tent sites


  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

Seasonal restrictions

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

No dogs
  • Stop kauri dieback and protect kauri
    • Kauri dieback disease is spread through soil.
    • Scrub soil off shoes and gear and check it's all removed before you go.
    • Use a cleaning station when you enter and leave.
    • Always stay on the track.

    How you can help save kauri

About this campsite


  • Hot showers are $2 coin-operated.
  • Recycling facilities available.
  • Camp office hours are 8:30 am – 9:00 pm. Contact Uretiti campsite on +64 9 432 1051.
  • Camp gates and barrier arms are locked from 9:00 pm – 7:00 am.
  • Camp hosts are on-site all year.

Getting there

Uretiti Beach lies between Whangārei and Waipu on Northland's East Coast.

Drive on SH1 5 km north of Waipu or 34 km south of Whangārei, turn off at the signpost. Follow road to beach and camp.

View a map of the campsite zones (PDF, 2,178K).


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1731842, N6022426
Latitude: -35.93379305, Longitude: 174.45998112


  • Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $7.50 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free


The DOC/NZMCA Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite except between the Friday before Christmas and the end of Waitangi weekend. In 2020/2021, this is 18 December 2020 to 9 February 2021.

To pay with your NZMCA pass, create/update your account on our booking system. Under 'Apply for a discount', select 'NZMCA Pass Holder' and upload a scan of your pass. Once we've verified your pass, it will be automatically applied when you make a booking.

Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.


2020/2021 bookings

Bookings are open for stays from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.

Bookings are required all year. Book well in advance for the busy summer season. There is a minimum three-night stay from 28 December - 1 January.

Book Uretiti Beach Campsite online

A $10 service fee applies to all phone, email and in-person bookings.

Your booking will be for the number of people in your party – there are no designated sites. Find space for your party on arrival.


Surf, fish or swim at the beautiful sandy surf beach. Walk along the stunning coastal track at Mangawhai Heads, only a 20 min drive south, or explore the nearby Waipu Caves.

Know before you go


Whangarei Office
Phone:   +64 9 470 3300
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   2 South End Ave
Whangarei 0110
Postal Address:   PO Box 842
Whangarei 0140
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