Planning your next freedom camping adventure around Auckland? You’ve come to the right place!

From beaches to hidden gems, we’ve handpicked our top 5 freedom camping spots near Auckland, which offer a great selection of stunning locations, amenities and easy access to a range of activities.

Let’s get stuck right in!

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  1. Tawharanui Regional Park
  2. Gulf Harbour
  3. Hatfield’s Beach
  4. Hamilton’s Gap
  5. Takapuna Beach Holiday Park

Tawharanui Regional Park

1. Tawharanui Regional Park

Tāwharanui Peninsula, North Island

One of Auckland’s best kept secrets, the Tawharanui Peninsula is a finger of land projecting into the Hauraki Gulf from the east coast of North Auckland Peninsula.

As you make your way to the camping site you’ll pass through the rural area of Matakana, home to many craft studios, cafes and vineyards. The road continues through farmland and winds its way through to the regional park.

The campsite itself is located alongside a stunning white sandy beach within a protected wildlife area, plus you’ll find a variety of walks on offer – just a short distance from the campsite which caters for all fitness levels. It’s a popular campground afterall, so we recommend booking in advance through Auckland’s Regional Council website.



  • Toilet/long drop in each bay with 2 unisex cubicles.
  • Portable water taps in each bay.
  • There are no bins or rubbish disposal facilities, please take all rubbish and recycling with you when you leave.
  • There is no power supply at this camp site.

beach at stanmore bay

2. Gulf Harbour

Auckland, North Island

If you’re a lover of the outdoors then we’ve got just the spot for you!

The Gulf Harbour has recently opened up their car park for campervans to stay overnight, and they’ve given access to bathroom facilities as well – perfect for us campers.

This little seaside town is really accommodating and has everything you could possibly need for a little weekend getaway.

Why not set up a beachside picnic and watch the world go by?

The parking area is right next to the marina, which is a great spot for morning coffee or walks along the waterfront – plus you’ll find plenty of extra tracks along the harbour.

Due to its demand there’s a maximum of 2 nights stay at this site – so make sure you secure your next getaway!


  • Access to bathroom facilities
  • Large car park for overnight stay
  • No power/waste disposal facilities

Aerial shot of Orewa Beach

3. Hatfield’s Beach

Auckland, North Island

Hatfields Beach is on the northern end of Auckland city, around 40 km away. You’ll stay in Orewa, at the car park at Hatfields Beach, in a town with plenty of history and character.

This freedom camping spot does not offer much in the way of facilities, however it does provide an adequate area where you can stay for a maximum of 2 nights to enjoy some fishing and swimming. Along with some good water spots, there are a number of walks close to the camping site for you to venture on; mostly short walks perfect for a Sunday morning stroll!

There are no amenities at this site, please ensure to take all rubbish/waste with you when you leave.

black sand beach

4. Hamilton’s Gap

Awhitu, North Island

Stand in awe at the steep, black sand dunes while you walk along your own private beach at sunset, breathing in all the beauty. Hamilton’s Gap is a secluded slice of heaven along the Awhitu Peninsula, which will give you complete access to the unique west coast beaches.

The best part is the campsite is completely free!

Not far from your camping spot you’ll find some reserves, such as Te Toro scenic and Rays Rest. These reserves are sparse enough you will feel as though you will have the entire world to yourself.

Pack a picnic lunch and your swimmers, and seize the day!


  • Access to toilet and shower facilities.

takapuna beach

5. Takapuna Beach Holiday Park

Auckland, North Island

Takapuna Beach is dedicated to holiday makers with back-to-basics in mind, suitabled to most traveller needs.

The white sandy beach offers safe swimming where you can relax in the sunshine, watch the boats sail by or explore the rock pools and fossils nearby. It’s within walking distance to Takapuna’s vibrant city centre, where streets are lined with trendy restaurants, cafes and boutique shopping.

Traveling with younger ones? No problem!

There’s also a playground close by for all to enjoy. Essentially, you will be staying right on the beachfront sharing your space with beautiful Pohutukawa trees.

If this spot isn’t on your bucket list it’s time to add it!


  • Access to toilet and shower facilities.

Freedom camping is an excellent way for travellers to experience raw, untouched New Zealand landscapes and wildlife.

From pretty sweet seaside spots to epic, mountainous sand dunes, New Zealand’s freedom camping spots have a little something for everyone – especially our other favourites on the North Island.

Freedom camping is the best way to travel New Zealand on a budget! We have plenty of freedom camping tips, check them out or check out our Freedom Camping article library here…

With hundreds to choose from you’re bound to fall in instant love with New Zealand – just as we have!

What are you waiting for? Reach out to our Travellers Autobarn Auckland team, who are always happy to help you plan your next adventure.

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