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Alyssa Tresider
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The best holiday parks and campsites near Auckland.

Planning to rent an Apollo campervan to explore the awesome city of Auckland? Great idea! From beautiful beaches and peaceful bushwalks to award-winning restaurants and world-class shopping, Auckland has it all for motorhome travellers.


Tāpapakanga Regional Park

Located just an hour's drive southeast of Auckland, the Seaview Campground at Tāpapakanga Regional Park is a hidden gem worth adding to your travel itinerary. 

Tāpapakanga’s blend of coastal and forest landscapes means you can wake up to the soothing sound of the waves and spend a few hours exploring the lush walking trails or fishing along the shoreline. And, for history buffs, the park has several archaeological sites and heritage buildings that offer a look back into the region’s rich Māori and European past. 

The campsite offers well-maintained facilities including toilets, potable water, and dedicated barbecue areas. A stay here perfectly balances Auckland's urban buzz with nature's tranquil embrace. So park up, relax, and enjoy.

Note, there is no power supply at this campground, so be sure to charge up first.


Shakespear Regional Park

Escape the city's hustle at beautiful Shakespear Regional Park. This beachside campground is located within a pest-free sanctuary, making it a very special spot to enjoy. Although just 50 minutes north of the CBD, you’ll feel like you’re a million miles away. Set up camp and take in the panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf, listen to the birdsong, and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. Campers are spoilt for choice with beachfront spots or secluded sites nestled amidst native bushland. The park is a haven for outdoor activities too. Take a peaceful walk through the bush, indulge in birdwatching or photography, and enjoy a spot of stargazing at night. And in summer, cool off in the calm, sheltered waters.

The campsite here includes toilets, cold outdoor showers, and potable water. Note, there is no power supply at this campground.


Waharau Regional Park

Nestled in the heart of the Hunua Ranges, Waharau Regional Park offers a secluded, peaceful camping experience. Just an hour’s drive from the city, the park's campsite is nothing short of paradise. Take one of the challenging walking trails that weave through the landscape. Explore adventurous mountain biking routes. Or switch off for a few hours in one of the serene spots and simply relax. Don't miss a visit to the park's visitor centre – a treasure trove of knowledge about the region's diverse flora and fauna. 

The Tainui Campground within the park includes powered sites, flush toilets, and hot showers. Note, the campground may be closed during winter as the grounds sometimes are too muddy.  



Orewa Beach Holiday Park

Just a 40-minute drive from Auckland’s city centre, Orewa Beach Holiday Park is an excellent option for families. This Auckland holiday park is a dream for beach lovers, perched right on the edge of the expansive Orewa Beach. It offers a range of top-notch facilities including well-appointed communal kitchens, clean shower blocks, and barbecue areas. 

Beyond the golden sands of the beach, the Orewa town centre is just a short stroll away. Browse the shops, enjoy brunch at a cafe, and stock up at the local supermarket. The Orewa Estuary Walkway is a highlight for visitors to the area. This easy, flat trail winds around the estuary for around 7.5 km and showcases diverse birdlife and picturesque views of the water. 


Tāwharanui Regional Park

Situated just 90 minutes north of Auckland, Tāwharanui Regional Park is a captivating blend of pristine beaches, rolling pastures, and native forest. Campers at Tāwharanui can enjoy well-maintained facilities including toilet blocks, potable water, and spacious sites. This regional park is renowned for its marine reserve, boasting crystal-clear waters that are a magnet for snorkellers and divers. Tāwharanui is also a sanctuary for a diverse range of native New Zealand bird species, making it a great spot for birdwatching. 

Note, there is no power supply at this campground, so be sure to charge up first.


Piha Domain Motor Camp

Nestled on the wild and rugged west coast of Auckland, Piha Domain Motor Camp offers a unique camping experience surrounded by lush forests and dramatic cliffs. Just 45 minutes from the city, this campsite is equipped with essential facilities including clean toilets, shower blocks, kitchen amenities, and barbecues. Its prime location offers direct access to Piha's famed black sand beach, perfect for surfing and sunset gazing. Nearby Lion Rock and Kitekite Falls are must-visit landmarks, providing awe-inspiring views and refreshing nature walks. The camp's proximity to the Waitakere Ranges also offers some great hiking opportunities.

Takapuna Beach Holiday Park

Looking for the closest holiday park to Auckland? You’ll find it at Takapuna Beach Holiday Park. Located on Auckland's North Shore, just 15 minutes from the city centre, this popular campground offers an unrivalled urban beachside retreat. The campsite is decked out with essential amenities such as modern showers, kitchen facilities, and barbecue areas to ensure a comfy stay. While the beach is undoubtedly a prime attraction, the holiday park is also a stone's throw away from the vibrant Takapuna town centre. Park up and check out the bustling cafes, chic boutiques, and lively nightlife. For those keen on coastal walks, the trail from Takapuna to Milford is a must-do.


Martins Bay Holiday Park 

Just an hour north of Auckland, Martins Bay Holiday Park offers a tranquil coastal retreat. This campsite, nestled on the shores of the pristine Mahurangi Harbour, has everything needed for a memorable holiday. You’ll find laundry and cooking facilities, clean bathrooms, a covered barbecue area, and a playground for the kids. The holiday park’s prime position allows campers direct access to a sheltered swimming beach and opportunities for fishing and boating. Beyond the beach, nearby walking trails cut through native bush, leading to scenic viewpoints. If you’re staying here over the weekend, take the short drive to the nearby Matakana markets on Saturday morning. Enjoy the relaxed community atmosphere as you browse the craft stalls, sample fresh produce, and stock up on goodies for the camper cupboards. Other great attractions nearby include Morris & James Pottery, the Sculptureum, and the historic town of Warkworth, where you can explore the shops and cafes. 


Āwhitu Regional Park

Overlooking Manukau Harbour, around 1.5 hours from the CBD, Āwhitu Regional Park provides a tranquil retreat with expansive views and beautiful sunsets. This popular Auckland campsite offers a choice of camping areas nestled among ancient pōhutukawa trees. Take your pick of activities including swimming at the sandy bays, exploring the historic Brook Homestead, or trekking along cliff-top trails. 

Note, there is no power supply at this campground, so be sure to charge up first.


Miranda Holiday Park

Located on the picturesque Firth of Thames, Miranda Holiday Park is a haven for birdwatchers and nature lovers. Just over an hour’s drive southeast of Auckland, a key drawcard is the park’s thermal mineral hot pools. Guests have complimentary use of the pools, so be sure to set aside some time to soak and rejuvenate. The nearby Miranda Shorebird Centre is a must-do for nature enthusiasts, offering glimpses of unique migratory birds, especially during summer. The surrounding landscapes also offer picturesque cycling and walking routes.



Ready for an Auckland adventure?

As you can see, there are some truly unmissable campsites near Auckland. From secluded back-to-basics sites to holiday parks with all the bells and whistles, the choice is yours. Whether it's the coastal allure of Piha Domain Motor Camp, the thermal haven of Miranda Holiday Park, or the tranquil ambience of Āwhitu Regional Park, there's a campsite for every campervan traveller. 

Ready to discover everything on offer in Auckland? Don’t wait any longer, book your Apollo camper online today and set the wheels in motion!

Looking for more helpful information to plan your campervan holiday? Check out these great guides.

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