Campervan Collected

So after a little delay we finally got to collect the campervan Thursday 06/10/2017, there always seemed to be another thing we wanted to add to the van, but finally plans settled and we were on our way. Thanks Jonas @ Acacia Motorhomes for your patience with us but the Dethleffs XLi is just fantastic, although I must confess to a few nervous moments as I drove it out of the driveway. Even though I have driven plenty of trucks and large vans the feeling of spaciousness in the cab of the A Class was a bit scary to start but I soon got used to it.

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We decided to make the first stop Otamauri Bay about an hours drive out of Whangarei at the DOC camp as that’s the very first place we took the old Mitsi Canter and thought it would be a great place to spend our first night in the XLi. However around 3pm I started to develop tooth ache and ending up having a terrible nights sleep so the following morning it was off to the camp managers office to see if they could help me find a dentist in Whangarei that could see me that day, as there is no phone signal at Otamauri Bay I was very thankful for their help and I found somewhere with an appointment made for 2pm.

Otamure Bay (Whananaki)

Proximity to Attractions

If you are coming for fishing, swimming, sunbathing then it's right here a few metres from the beach.

Nearest Supplies/Town

Make sure you are well stocked as the nearest shops are in Hikurangi although the camp store in Whananaki about 4kms away carries basic stuff.

Ground Surface

Level spots in the middle of the camp but if you want sea views then all these spots are on a slight slope.

Proximity to Water/Dump Station

Nearest dump station is in Whangarei and all water taps are the push button sort making it impossible to connect a hose and fill your camper.

Outlook from Camp

If you can grab one of the waterfront spots then terrific views otherwise you are in a bit of a dip making views of the water non existant.

Noise during Day and Night

No traffic noise just the sounds of other campers and the waves rolling into the beach.

Cellphone Signal

Non existant

Walking/Cycling Tracks

No specific tracks from the camp just nice walks along the beach and over the headland to the right of the camp.

Overall Rating:

A fairly stock standard DOC camp with a year round camp manager. Long drop toilets and I believe they now have hot showers available for a cost. Really nice beach.

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We drove the XLi into Whangarei parking in the freedom camping area down by the Bridge on Port Rd and a good friend of mine Peter Baker popped down to say hello he had only moved to Whangarei about a month ago but used to live there as did I and we ended up talking about a mutual acquaintance Murray among other things.

2pm rolled around and off to Team Dental and whilst i was sitting in the waiting room in walks Murray talk about a small world. Anyway turns out I had a badly decayed lower wisdom tooth that needed to be extracted 1 hour and 7 injections later the tooth was out and I walked back to meet Sarah at the camper and we decided that we would spend the night at Manganese Point about 15 minutes drive from the carpark, and with my tooth having been removed I did not feel like driving much further.

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Glorious spot well and truly worth the short drive and after the first night decided that would spend a second………….

NZMCA - Manganese Point

Proximity to Attractions

It's a bit remote with not much here other than fishing from the shoreline or a walk along the coast.

Nearest Supplies/Town

A 15 minute drive into the nearest shops so make sure you have what you need as it's to far to walk.

Ground Surface

Limited amount of spaces but all with water views on hard firm gravel.

Proximity to Water/Dump Station

No water on site so top up at the nearest dump station in Whangarei about 30 minutes away.

Outlook from Camp

Really pleasant view from almost every space in the camp over Whangarei harbour towards the refinery, worth coming just for this.

Noise during Day and Night

Very quiet just a small amount of noise drifting down to the camp from the road above

Cellphone Signal

Decent signal

Walking/Cycling Tracks

No tracks here but you can walk along the rocks/waterfront at low tide.

Overall Rating:

Despite what might seem a low score on my ratings system we enjoyed our time here, fishing and walking.


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