Otamure Bay, Whananaki North, where the DOC campsite is—just back from the dunes

Image: 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


  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan


  • Coastal


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Boat launching
  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Shower - cold
  • Toilets
  • 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
  • Help stop kauri dieback
    • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
    • Clean your footwear and gear before and after visiting kauri forest.

    How you can help save kauri

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

Additional fees

Campers are required to purchase a $2 rubbish bag to assist with the disposal of rubbish and recyclable items.


The campsite pass for rental campervans cannot be used at this campsite.

The DOC/NZMCA Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite except between 20 December and the end of Waitangi weekend.

Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.


Summer 2019/2020 bookings open 10 am Wednesday 28 August 2019.

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

Before you book view a map of the campsite zones (PDF, 2,066K)

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

  • Wasps and wasp nests may be present in this area.
  • 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
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   whangarei@doc.govt.nz
Address:   2 South End Ave
Whangarei 0110
Postal Address:   PO Box 842
Whangarei 0140
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