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

Image: Anne, Arty Green in Paradise | ©

Introduction

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

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Campsite overview

Access

  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan

Landscape

  • Coastal

Category

  • Category
Scenic

Bookings

  • Bookings

Bookings required

Facilities

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

Activities

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

Seasonal restrictions

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit only. Contact the relevant DOC office to obtain a permit.
  • 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.

Location

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

Fees

  • Adult (18+ years): $13 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $6.50 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.

Passes

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.

Bookings

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.

Activities

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.

Contacts

Whangarei Office
Phone:   +64 9 470 3300
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   whangarei@doc.govt.nz
Address:   2 South End Ave
Raumanga
Whangarei 0110
Postal Address:   PO Box 842
Whangarei 0140
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