As a wise Pinterest pin once said, “let’s wander where the wifi is weak.” Sometimes, when city life gets cray, you’ve got to dust off the tent, hop in the car and relish in a bit of one-on-one time with nature. If that sounds like exactly what you need to do, then you’ll be pleased to hear that there are a handful of beaut overnight camping spots in and around Auckland.
These slices of New Zealand nature allow you to unwind and reeeelax like a pro. From beachfront beauties to campgrounds that will have you on island time, here are the best overnight camping spots near Auckland. P.S. Don’t forget the marshmallows!
#1. Tawharanui Regional Park
For the ultimate weekend away, hit up the gorgeous Tawharanui Regional Park. Pitch your tent at the campsite by the beach and get amongst all that the area has to offer. There’s walking tracks and mountain bike trails, perfect waves for beginner surfers, and stellar spots on the dunes to watch the sun go up and down. It’s family-friendly, so no dramas bringing the sprogs, and it’s just an hour’s drive from A-town, making it the perfect Friday evening getaway.
#2. Waipu Cove
Ah, Waipu Cove, you gem of a spot. The Cove caters to all sorts of campers, from those who like to live the #vanlife to camping newbies who wouldn’t mind a flat white and a cafe feed in the morning. The campsite is situated right on the beach, where people frolic in the water and cook up a feast on the barbie (sausage sizzle, anyone?!). The beauty of this overnight camping spot is that you don’t have to rough it if you don’t want to. The Cove Cafe cooks up a delish breakfast, lunch or dinner and Camp Waipu Cove dairy will have your fish ‘n’ chips cravings covered. There’s even surfboard hire and lessons if you’re keen to pull a few shakas.
#3. Goat Island
Nope, you won’t find any goats here (a shame, we know), but you will come across some weird and wonderful fish. Goat Island is a marine reserve and home to masses of colourful fish, waiting for you to come and say hello. There’s a 130-acre campsite complete with barbecues, a playground and snorkel hire—basically everything you need for a night or two away from the city grind. Not too keen on getting your locks yet? Jump in a glass bottom boat and watch the creatures of the sea do their thing.
#4. Tapapakanga Regional Park
Didn’t make it to Splore this year? Not to worry! You can camp at Tapapkanga Regional Park, where it’s held, and have a wee festy of your own. This pretty camping spot features beautiful native forest, a tranquil stream and a golden beach. In short, you’ll feel like you’re in paradise. There are four campsites (with barbecues and loo facilities), so there’s no chance of being sardined in with other campers. Winning!
#5. Wenderholm Regional Park
If you’re looking to dabble in camping but don’t want to go too far from your stomping ground, Wenderholm Regional Park is your best bit. Just a 30-minute drive from Auckland, the Schischka Campground sits along the Puhoi River estuary, where the little ones can splash about while you can keep a watchful eye over a picnic and a cold beer from the chilly bin. The campsite welcomes all sorts of accom—from old fashioned tents to campervans and buses.
We’ve said it before but we’ll say it again, Aucklanders don’t have to leave the big smoke to get their nature fix. Takapuna Beach Holiday Park is a top choice for wannabe campers who aren’t ready to venture into the great outdoors yet. It comes with epic views of our beloved Rangitoto, a stellar beach and blue albeit slightly chilly water for an early morning dip. After that’s done, you have the luxury of heading into Taka for brekkie. Heck, you can even enjoy a sundown cocktail at one of the many bars.
#7. Waiheke Island
What’s not to love about Waiheke?! Gorgeous wineries, stunning Auckland views and unbeatable island vibes, it’s tempting to stay for a day or two. Pop onto the ferry and book your spot at Pouraraka Flats Campground. Sitting pretty at the end of Rocky Bay, this Waiheke campground is set on the beachfront, sheltered by native bush and is the perfect pozzy for kayaking, walks and soaking up the rays. Use it as a base and explore the rest of the island or spend a day or two with a good book and truly unwind.
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