Get to know your Northland Winter Campsaver campgrounds

Great view from the Twin Coast Cycle Trail
Great view from the Twin Coast Cycle Trail

Beautiful Northland

Steeped in New Zealand history and home to some of the country’s most dramatic coastline, the ‘winterless north’ is a favourite with motorhomers.

With two Motorhome Friendly towns – Kaikohe and Whangarei – and four NZMCA Parks, New Zealand’s warmest region has much to offer members keen to learn more about our past while appreciating miles of golden beaches and unspoilt natural beauty. The multiple highlights include Tane Mahuta (the world’s largest kauri); Waitangi – truly the birthplace of NZ today; and Cape Reinga – the northern tip of our beautiful land. For outdoor enthusiasts there’s great fishing spots galore; many, many walking trails – including the start of the 3,000km Te Araroa Trail; and one of the country’s best bike trails – Pou Herenga Tai, The Twin Coast Cycle Trail, which traverses Northland from Coast to Coast.

We'll be featuring all Campsaver Campgrounds by region over time, keep an eye out for further articles! For more information about the Campsaver Program, visit:

Banner image (above) of Twin Coast Cycle Trail; Tile image of Riverside Haven (#8284)

Northland Campsaver Campgrounds

Pukenui Holiday Park (CDS, #48)

34 Lamb Rd, Pukenui, Kaitaia

An ideal place to stop while you explore the Top of NZ, only an hour from Cape Reinga and the Giant Te Paki Sand Dunes. Walk to the famous Pukenui Wharf and go fishing, with a strong current known to bring in Kingfish, John Dory, snapper, trevally and kahawai. Play golf at NZ’s most northern club or drive to 5 different beaches, including 90-mile where you are likely to see the Aupouri Wild Horses.

“Had 2 great nights here. Basic campground with good facilities and friendly staff. Handy to shops wharf etc.” - Rae

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Seaview Campervan Park (CWO, #292)

52-54 Seaview Rd, Paihia

In the bustling seaside town of Pahia, right in the heart of the Bay of Islands lies this small-scale campervan park. It’s humble nature and convenient location (off the Twin Coast Highway) provides the perfect excuse to get out of your motor caravan and explore. Enjoy golden sand beaches for safe swimming, sunbathing, and sailing. For a bit of adventure, swim with the dolphins, kayak out around the islands, or experience a scenic walk in the area.

“Very convenient to Paihia and free wifi too.” - Paul

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Bay of Islands Park (CDS, #295)

678 Puketona Rd, Paihia

It’s only 7 minutes-drive to Paihia or 15 minutes to Kerikeri and - with a whole 4.2 hectares - it’s perfectly situated for exploring the Bay of Islands. There’s plenty of trees for shade and the Waitangi River running along one boundary is safe for swimming and kayaking. Sites to accommodate any sized vehicles, free hot showers and wifi, friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

“Lovely place to stay, overlooking the Waitangi river, friendly staff.” - Janna

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Baylys Beach Holiday Park (CWO, #469)

22-24 Seaview Rd, Baylys Beach, Dargaville

This boutique camp boasts a kitchen, covered BBQ & outdoor seating, laundry, WiFi, kids play area, and local takeaway Sharkies (open 7 days). It’s a short walk down and longer walk up from a spectacular long remote beach - ideal for 4-wheel drive, paragliding, parasailing and land yachting...or for getting married! Enjoy coastal walks, surfing, surf casting, horse trekking and playing a round of golf. Dog friendly (at an extra cost), with NO dump station.

“Stayed here for 4 peaceful nights. Great hosts. Lots to do - walking and biking.” - William

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Pouto Marine Hall Campground (CWO, #499)

16 Signal Station Rd, Pouto

At the end of Pouto Peninsula is the Pouto Marine Hall Campground. Offering hot showers, flush toilets, a full kitchen, backpackers rooms and a large lounge. Powered and non-powered sites overlooking the Kaipara Harbour. Activities are fishing, walking, swimming, horse treks, lighthouse tours or just relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity.

“John and Janeen are awesome! What a beauty spot way off the beaten track! Thanks for having us guys! The quad tour was awesome!” - Royce

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Ruakaka Beach Holiday Park (CDS, #657)

21 Ruakaka Beach Rd, Ruakaka

It’s halfway between Auckland and the Bay of Islands, seconds from SH1, and right by the Ruakaka estuary entering the sea (safe for swimming and kayaking). Boasting 13ha it’s one of the largest campsites in NZ, with 264 powered sites. Ruakaka Town Centre is only 4km away, Marsden Cove Marina is nearby and Oasis Dairy backs onto the park. Enjoy a stroll along the estuary and our long sandy beach.

“Great place to stay, beachside sites have views across the estuary and out to Manaia and Bream Head.” - Tineke

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Tinopai Community Camping Ground (CWO, #747)

13 Komiti Rd, Tinopai

Sitting right on the scenic Komiti Bay, Tinopai’s Community Camping Ground doesn’t promise scenic water views- your motorhome is literally a stone’s throw away from the water itself. Make this rural hideaway your base for some great marlin fishing on the West Coast or some exploring of the vast Kaipara Harbour. Take a short walk to the wharf to catch dinner across the well-maintained grounds. Has a clean and tidy kitchen & well-equipped hot showers and laundry.

“Almost in the water, great weather too. Very well run, thanks.” - Cara

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Te Puni Tapora Campground (CWO, #776)

711 Okahukura Rd, Tapora, Wellsford

Only 30 kms from Wellsford and 1.2 km to Kaipara Harbour is Te Puni campground, home to bittern fairy tern and many other native sea birds. Take a four-wheel drive or walk to the beach for great fishing and kite surfing. There’s also a washing machine and fish cleaning station, at this dog-friendly campground with a nine-hole golf course next to it.

“A lovely small-isolated site close to the Kaipara harbour. Next door to the Tapora golf club. Very clean and tidy. Edith was friendly and had useful local information.” - Tim

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Riverside Holiday Park (CDS, #820)

41 Black Swamp Rd, Mangawhai

Located 100km north of Auckland Harbour Bridge, make Riverside your place to stop before (or after) your travel through Auckland. It’s a tucked away paradise, set in manicured grounds fronting a private sandy beach. A few minutes’ drive from Mangawhai’s many restaurants & cafes, a championship golf course, magnificent sand dunes, a bird sanctuary and the world famous Mangawhai Tavern –one of the best venues for Kiwi pub bands.

“Short walk to town. Great staff. Waipawa butchery in town is really nice.” - David

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Pakiri Beach Holiday Park (CDS, #838)

261 Pakiri River Rd, Wellsford

Situated 90 minutes (100km) north of Auckland, the Holiday Park offers the best of the picturesque north. Superbly located alongside the tranquil white sands of Pakiri Beach, this well-established seaside camp offers an abundance of activities, such as swimming, surfing, beach fishing and kayaking. Nestled within a peaceful rural landscape, the perfect environment for a family holiday or the chance to relax and rejuvenate.

“The facilities are clean and well maintained and the beach is just stunning in any weather” - Travel app

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Three great years of giving members savings and camping-grounds additional business when they need it the most, is definitely worth celebrating.

And in celebration of that, we're giving away amazing prizes that would certainly come in handy for your winter journeys ahead.



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