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Coromandel Peninsula where to go camping, pitch a tent or park a motorhome

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Camp Whitianga, Thames, Coromandel Town, Hahei, Hot Water Beach. Papa Aroha, Shelly Beach and Cathedral Cove

Coromandel Peninsula is the quintessential summer beach destination offering plenty of choices of what to do and see from snorkelling Donut Island, getting the perfect shot of Cathedral Cove, digging for spa treatment at Hot Water Beach or taking a stroll on Coromandel Coastal walkways. For fishing buffs check out motels and camping grounds on the Firth of Thames and Thames Whitianga highway to Colville.



During the peak season it is unlikely your pooch will be allowed to join you at the beach.


For tips for your holiday destination on the Coromandel Peninsula be sure to check

Coromandel Peninsula frequently asked questions and our Guide to 16 Coromandel beaches.


Our guide does not include Department of Conservation campsites.

TOP 10 Holiday parks

  1. Shelly Beach Top 10 Holiday Park

Five minutes from Coromandel Town with direct beach access and a resourced play area for kids. Jumping pillow, volleyball and extensive lawns for impromptu cricket matches with your new mates. During the summer peak season the park organises a kids programme. There is a BBQ rotunda for your catch of the day.

  • Powered and non-powered camp sites
  • Cabins and motels

What to do nearby Shelly Beach Top 10 Holiday Park

  • Diving Creek Pottery
  • Visit Whangapoua and New Chums beach, check What’s so great about Whangapoua (Coromandel).
  • Stamp Battery walk to a lookout point. Track Description: 410 Buffalo Rd, Coromandel; 2 km northeast of town (dogs okay) – 15-min return.

Remember to check What’s so great about Coromandel Town.

  1. Coromandel Top 10 Holiday Park

An excellent holiday park with a swimming pool, playgrounds, bike hire, go karts and basketball courts. A consistently high maintenance standard makes this top ten very popular. Located within five minutes of Coromandel Town. Does not have direct beach access.

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  • Cabins
  • Delux motels and premier apartments

What to do nearby Coromandel Top 10 Holiday Park

Remember to check What’s so great about Coromandel Town.

  1. Hot Water Beach Top 10 Holiday Park

A short 700m walk to the famous Hot Water Beach the extensive grounds and bush setting is very picturesque.

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Cabins and family apartments with their own private gardens.

Self contained log cabins with either 3 or 2 bedrooms. Excellent maintenance.

The location is approximately 15 minutes drive from Whitianga and the buzz of the resort town.

What to do nearby Hot Water Beach Top 10 Holiday Park

  • Cathedral Cove walk
  • Explore Hahei shops
  • Visit Whitianga and Mercury Bay Museum

Remember to check Hot Water Beach, Cathedral Cove, Hahei Beach, Tairua Estuary, Whangamata Beach, and New Chums Beach.

  1. Hahei Beach Resort

Offers camping to 4 star resort accommodation. Nestled between Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach it is the perfect beach location. Forward bookings are essential for this hot favourite spot.

What to do nearby Hahei Beach Resort

  • Premier summer resort village with prime access to Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach
  • Cafes, shops and galleries showcasing Coromandel Peninsula talent
  • Glorious safe swimming beach and estuary
  • New Zealand’s only Snorkel Trail to get visitors into the marine world
  1. Te Puru Holiday Park

A classic holiday camp grounds with powered and non-powered sites, cabins and standard motel units. Situated on the Thames – Coromandel highway it is a favourite spot for fishing buffs with easy access to the Firth of Thames.

What to do nearby Te Puru Holiday Park

  1. Whangamata Motor Camp

Whangamata’s only campgrounds provide easy access to the beach and resort town. There are no self-contained cabins.

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What to do nearby Whangamata Motor Camp

  • A surfing mecca with one of the best breaks, the world-class Whangamata Bar. The legendary left-hand break attracts surfers internationally.
  • Beach holiday family favourite with 6km of white sandy beach patrolled by lifeguards
  • Voted the best beach in New Zealand by Bookabach customers
  • Kayaking, SUP, water sports especially to Donut Island. Whenuakura, Donut Island is a sunken volcano with a glorious lagoon at its centre.
  • Coromandel Forest Park & Wentworth Falls walks
  1. Dickson Holiday Park

A classic holiday park located in the historic part of Thames. The park is beside a stream, surrounded by native bush and the old Tararu gardens. The campgrounds have their own pool, playgrounds and extensive public facilities.

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  1. Long Bay Motor Camp and Cabins

Superb beachfront access to Long Bay and Tuck Bay. Both are sheltered beaches suitable for families. There are over 57 acres of native bush surrounding the campsite. The campgrounds are approximately 10 minutes drive from Coromandel Town. Long Bay Motor Camp has an on-site boat ramp, fishing charter, playground, kayak hire, Paddle Board Hire, easy access to fishing, water sports and safe swimming beaches. A very popular campgrounds forward bookings are essential.

  • Powered and non-powered sites
  • Cabins and self-contained studio beach units

What to do nearby Long Bay Motor Camp and Cabins

  • Diving Creek Pottery
  • Visit Whangapoua and New Chums beach, check What’s so great about Whangapoua (Coromandel)
  • Stamp Battery walk to a lookout point. Track Description: 410 Buffalo Rd, Coromandel; 2 km northeast of town (dogs okay) – 15-min return.
  1. Papa Aroha Holiday Park

A superb location on a scenic beach defines the summer spirit. There is a boat ramp, fishing cleaning area as well as camp tractors to launch your boat. There is a boat taxi to access inner and outer islands however check for up to date information about availability. Kayak trips you will need to supply your own canoes and equipment. Due to the remote location, check road conditions before departing. The camp grounds are beyond Coromandel Town on the way to Colville.

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  • Cabins, chalets and self-contained motel units

What to do nearby Papa Aroha Holiday Park


Excellent location for Coromandel Coastal Walkway.

  1. Tidewater Motel & Tourist Park

A range of budget options from backpacking to standard motel units. The well maintained property is an excellent choice for visitors wishing to base themselves in Coromandel Town.

What to do nearby Tidewater Motel & Tourist Park


  • Long Bay, a loop track past an old kauri grove, along the beach and beneath cliffs. The trail is steep in parts.
  • Coromandel Coastal Walkway is a shared walking, cycle trial from Fletcher Bay to Stony Bay For walking buffs Success Mine Track starting at the former hospital building and along the old Colville Rd follows mining paths in the hills behind town
  • The School of Mines Museum is a cute Victoriana chocablock with heritage photographs and intriguing memorabilia. Check opening hours to avoid disappointment as it is managed by volunteers.
  • Gravel road experience the locally famous 309 ROAD is a journey through time with the winding narrow gravel road hugging the bushline and river. There are well signposted lookout points and sights along the route.
  1. Kuaotunu Camp Grounds

The camp grounds are owned by shareholders with families owning their own patch of holiday magic.

There are several self-contained chalets as well as premier apartments for rent.

What to do nearby Kuaotunu Camp Grounds

  • Black Jack Reserve a perfect place for a family cricket match
  • Ice creams and Luke’s Kitchen
  • Estuary and bird life, from dotterels to petrels
  • Kuaotunu Bird Rescue
  • Kuaotunu Backyard Trappers Group (to eliminate mammalian pests)
  • Boat ramp for fishing buffs
  1. Harbourside Holiday Park, Whitianga

A classic campground that has received some adverse comments. The location is superb directly opposite the harbour on the main street in Whitianga. The little sandy beach across from the camp is a good place to launch a kayak or take the children to explore the estuary at low tide. With the town centre just 450 metres along the road, you can leave your car at the campground and stroll to the cafes and Whitianga shops. The camp has recently had an ownership change. Refurbishments have been undertaken for the 2021 summer season.

What to do nearby Harbourside Holiday Park

Explore Kuaotunu and beyond as a day trip.

  1. Seabreeze Holiday Park

A backpacker delight with reasonable prices for basic shared accommodation. There are powered and non-powered sites. The camp grounds are located on SH25 near the turnoff to Hot Water Beach.

What to do nearby Seabreeze Holiday Park



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