Bookable facilities


Please note that booking hours for regional parks campgrounds, SCC campgrounds, SCC parking areas, baches and bookable sites is as follows:

Daylight saving: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday through to Sunday
Non daylight saving: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday through to Sunday

No bookings can be taken over the phone (or in person on site) outside of these times.

No cash payments are available at any time on park. We strongly recommend that you call our contact centre in advance of your arrival on park on (09) 366 2000, option 1, to make your booking.

Animals (except aid dogs) are prohibited at all times.

Remember to be a tidy Kiwi!

All our regional parks are rubbish free. Whether you call it rubbish, trash or garbage, please bag it all up and recycle it or throw it away when you return home.

Important notice

As from the 1st May 2014 the maximum person limit for this bach is 6 persons.


About Big Bay Bach

Big Bay Bach is located on the eastern side of the peninsula that encloses the Mahurangi Harbour. It has a beautiful sandy beach and the bach is located in a clearing surrounded by cabbage trees and pohutukawa. Walk, kayak, boat or simply relax. Only accessible by boat.

Regional park: Click here for information about 'Mahurangi' (including gate opening hours)
Bookable: View availability calendar
  Oct to May Jun to Sept
All Year
Friday, Saturday and public holidays
Community cost $111.00 $66.00 $111.00
Commercial cost $222.00 $132.00 $222.00
Max persons: 6
Max stay (Oct to May): 7 nights
Max stay (Jun to Sep): 14 nights
Booking restriction period: Off peak period is June-September (incl). This bach can be booked up to six months from todays month. e.g. In June you may make a booking for a date in December.
Check in time:   2:00 p.m. 
Check out time:  12 Noon
Access by water only: Must have water craft appropriate for coastal boating.
Cleaning: Bach operates on a self-clean basis.
Bedrooms: Three bedrooms, one bedroom with one double bed, two bedrooms with one set of bunks in each. Please note: Top bunks are not recommended for children under 9yrs.
Bathroom: No bathroom. Outside long drop toilet at the rear of the bach. No shower, portable solar showers are allowed.
Kitchen: Fridge/freezer, stove, toaster, jug, cooking utensils, all cutlery and crockery provided.
Power supply: Standard domestic power supply

Untreated tank water. (gravity fed from roof ). The Ministry of Health recommend boiling untreated drinking water. Conserve water as there is a limited water supply.

Heating: Electric column heater provided.
Rubbish: Please remember to take rubbish home. It is a good idea to think about minimising packaging in advance.
You need to supply: Bed linen, blankets, duvets, sleeping bags, additional pillows, towels, tea towels, food, personal items etc.
Boat launching: There are a number of different boat launching options. Sullivans Bay at Mahurangi (West) Regional Park provides for hand launching of craft. Wenderholm Regional Park has a boat ramp available 3 hours either side of high tide. If leaving from a regional park please check park closing times. There are public boat ramps at Opahi Bay (suitable for 4-wheel drives, near Mahurangi West Regional Park) and Scott Point. Note these have limited vehicle and trailer parking.


For more information please contact us at the Auckland Council or email


Only accessible by water (boat, kayaking etc). Boat to the southern end of Big Bay. Note: The second bay travelling north on the eastern side of Mahurangi East. (The first bay is called Dairy Bay). Then 2 mins walk from beach to bach. Or boat to the southern end of Lagoon Bay.

Note: A shallow tidal bay. Then a 15 min walk from Lagoon Bay up and over the ridge to the bach at Big Bay. Kayaks or dinghies can be hand-launched from Sullivans Bay approx. 2.2km, or there is a boat ramp with boat trailer launching facilities at Wenderholm Regional Park. Scott Landing, Martins Bay, and Opahi Bay also have boat trailer launching facilities.

Check with Auckland Council for restrictions on these boat ramps, e.g. access, parking, tides that may affect the use of the boat ramp.

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