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
  • Shelter for cooking
  • Shower - cold
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
  • 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
  • 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

 View a map of the campsite zones (PDF, 1,263K).

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


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.

Book Otamure Bay (Whananaki) Campsite online.

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

Your booking will be for your chosen site.


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.
  • Northland reserve bylaws apply to Otamure Recreation Reserve.
  • Camp host on-site year round.
  • Check in from 2 pm.
  • Camp office hours are 8:00 am to 8:00 pm.
  • Read the camp rules.

Gates: Camp gates and barrier arms are locked from 9:00 pm to 7:30 am. Only one vehicle at a time through the gates. Do not share your barrier arm code as it will only work once in either direction.


Otamure Bay Campsite Office
Phone: +64 9 433 8402 
Email: otamure@xtra.co.nz
We respond to messages Monday to Friday.
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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