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.

If you under the age of 18 you will be required to get parental consent to make a campground booking.
Please click here to download the consent form

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.


About Pararaha Valley Campground

The Whatipu area is a Scientific Reserve owned by the Department of Conservation and managed on behalf by the Auckland Council Regional Parks. It is a spectacular area of coastal dunes and wetlands.

Regional park: Click here for information about 'Whatipu' (including gate opening hours)
Bookable: View availability calendar
Cost per night:
Adult: $8.00 18 years and over
Child: $4.00 5 - 17 years
Infant: $0.00 Under 5 years
Max persons: 40
Max stay (peak): 7 nights
Max stay (off-peak): 7 nights
Potable water: Stream water, boil first
Toilets: Composting toilet
Booking restriction period: This site can be booked up to six months from todays month. e.g. In June you may make a booking for a date in December.


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


Accessible by foot only. Closest access is to park at Karekare main car park and walk around Karekare Point (low-mid tide only). Then walk along Whatipu Beach southwards and head inland when you reach Tunnel point. Follow formed track along edge of swamp near cliffs to boardwalk and follow Pararaha Valley track up to campsite. From Whatipu car park follow Gibbons track 3.5km to Muir track, 1.2km to campsite. There are many other tracks by which you can access the campsite.

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