While we may be a proud Australian business here at Royal Flair, we do love New Zealand for its breathtaking landscapes, stunning scenery and amazing campgrounds. As one of the major cities in the North Island, Auckland is filled with loads of fantastic sights and unique things to do. But sometimes we all need a break from a busy city life and to check back in with nature. If you’re looking for some advice on where to go this weekend, have a look at some of these amazing caravan spots you could hit up around Auckland!
1. Takapuna – For the city slickers
If you’re looking for a quick romantic getaway from the city over the weekend, you won’t have to go far. Takapuna’s Beach Holiday Park is home to some stunning waterfront powered sites that would be perfect for your Royal Flair Caravan. White sandy beaches will be just a short walk away for you to soak up some sun, before we move into the colder seasons. Relax and let life pass you by and watch the yachts and boats sail by or start exploring around the rock pools and fossils in the area.
Being only 15 minutes away from Auckland’s city centre does have its benefits too. You won’t have to go far for a great feed or drink at some of Auckland’s best restaurants, bars and cafés.
2. Kai Iwi Lakes – For the water sport extraordinaire’s
Nestled within the Taharoa Domain, the Kai Iwi Lakes Campground sits between a beautiful white sand beach and freshwater dune lakes. Known for its beautiful clear waters, this would be a perfect spot to park your mobile home. Stay at Pine Beach for great facilities like showers, toilet blocks and a playground for the little ones. The lake is known to be a great spot for any type of water sport activity you can dream up. Water skiing, canoeing, windsurfing, and fishing are all possible here for you to enjoy.
And if you get tired of being in the water (which we’re sure you won’t), explore some of the bush and open country walking tracks surrounding the lake. We promise that you’ll be getting some fantastic views of the area, and maybe even see some native wildlife in action.
3. Goat Island – For the underwater explorers
Don’t be misled by Goat Island’s name to think this is just part of farming country. This one is an absolute stunner! If you’re a person that loves to get up and personal with the weird and wonderful creatures of the sea, this is a campsite for you. The marine reserve in Goat Island the first of its kind in New Zealand and is home to some of the biggest and best fish! Snorkelling by Shag Rock is a great place to start, especially during high tide. You could be swimming through beautiful kelp forests and sea life in no time.
Set up your mobile home at Goat Island Camping and Accommodation. This huge 130-acre campground is equipped with barbecue pits, a kid’s playground (skateboard ramp included) and a snorkel hire if you are a novice and don’t have your own gear. But before driving down, be sure to call head to check if the water conditions are clear to avoid disappointment.
4. Muriwai – For the nature lovers
New Zealand bird watchers, this one is for you! Muriwai Regional Park is home to a wonderful array of birds and is home to the largest onshore gannet colonies. Head up to the special viewing platform to take a look at these beautiful creatures and far reaching views of this beautiful beach. Surfing and other beach fun is also very popular here ready for you to enjoy on the black-sanded beaches.
We recommend for you to settle in for the night at Muriwai Beach Campground. A range of new facilities are available for you to use and the campground is only a 40 minute drive from the city. Local daytime cafes and takeaway stores are also along the beach front, if you’re not interested in cooking up a storm on the barbecue facilities.
5. Mangawhai – For the easily bored
After an activity-filled camping trip? Mangawhai has got you covered. The hardest thing about you trip will be picking from the amazing activities in this area. If you’re a bird person, Mangawhai is home to some of the best bird sanctuaries. But if you’re more of a horse lover, you could also hop on for a ride along the beach. Olive farms are also not far away either, so you won’t have to go very far for a tasty snack.
Located 100km north from the Auckland Harbour Bridge, the Riverside Holiday Park in Mangawhai is a great spot to park your Royal Flair mobile home. You won’t have to do live without your creature comforts either because this spot is filled with impeccable facilities like guest laundry, TV and games room, a kids playground and even a trampoline, perfect for the young ones, or young at heart!
6. Tapapakanga – For the festival goers
Tapapkanga Regional Park is not only one of the most stunning camping spots in all of New Zealand but also home to a music festival! We know, talk about the best of both worlds. Head to the Tapapakanga Kaparanui Stream Campground, to park your Royal Flair caravan and you’ll soon be surrounded by lush forests, beautiful beaches and a bubbling stream. Outdoor activities like fishing, swimming and bird watching are all available for you here to enjoy year round.
Or plan your trip to line up with the Splore Music Festival and have a fantastic fun-filled weekend. The three-day arts and music festival will have you dancing the night away, immersing yourself in a wonderful arts trail, or getting engrossed in the spoken word at the Listening Lounge.