New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, is surrounded by areas of natural beauty like the Ōmana and Wenderholm Regional Parks. For the perfect chance to escape city life, here are Culture Trips best places to go camping in the area.
If you’re using a camper van on Auckland Council campsites, you’ll need a self-containment certification (SCC). Most camping grounds are open to vehicle-based camping, tents and have basic bathroom facilities. Camping grounds situated in Auckland’s regional parks are usually closed over winter so check for availability before going.
If you’re looking for a family and pet-friendly camping ground, head 85km southeast from Auckland to Miranda Holiday Park. This camping ground has heaps to keep the children entertained with a BMX track, trike hire and a flying fox. After a day of fun, relax in the park’s hot thermal mineral pools.
Auckland’s west coast is a wild place to go for a camping trip for those who want to explore the rocky cliffs and enjoy the Tasman Sea’s black-sand beaches. Piha Domain Motor Camp, near Piha Beach, is just 39km west of Auckland city centre. This campground at the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges has a communal kitchen and barbecue, as well as bathroom facilities. You can explore the local waterfalls, forest and bushwalking tracks from here but make sure to check signs and follow instructions for cleaning shoes to protect the forest from Kauri dieback disease.
Situated 72km north of Auckland on the east coast is Martins Bay Holiday Park, a great place for a weekend getaway from the big city. This camping ground is situated at the end of a long white-sand beach and offers campsites on the beachfront. Look out for visiting dolphins in the bay and enjoy views of the Hauraki Gulf islands without even leaving your tent.