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.

Video

Campsite overview

Access

  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan

Landscape

  • Coastal

Category

  • Category
Scenic

Bookings

  • Bookings

Bookings required

Facilities

  • 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

Activities

  • 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 hygiene station when you enter and leave.
    • Always stay on the track.

    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.

Location

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

Fees

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

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 booking during the busy summer season.

Book Otamure Bay (Whananaki) Campsite online.

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.

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

  • 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.

Contacts

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
Raumanga
Whangarei 0110
Postal Address:   PO Box 842
Whangarei 0140
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