On the road to nowhere


Sunday morning we had decided to leave Manganese Point and continue on to other places in and around Whangarei, we had however not taken notice of the warning signs at the entry to the camp site warning large vehicles and also front wheel drive vehicles about road conditions and after a rain storm Saturday night the road conditions where not great and we failed to get up the hill 3 times. the traction control was going crazy and the wheels where just spinning. Thankfully another camper who had arrived with his caravan and 4WD offered to tow us out, somewhat embarrassing but the tow hook was connected and he pulled us up the driveway. The bottle of wine offered in payment was refused so an extra glass of us tonight. What a nice man.


From Manganese Point we decided to proceed to Pataua South and the Treasure Island Camping ground. And what a treasure it has turned out to be, only $25 for the night for the 2 of us with power, water and a dump station. Finding a dry spot was not easy but the camp manager was most helpful finding a spot big and dry enough for the van. With the van parked we went for a walk to explore the area, firstly walking up the hill on the seaward side of the van


What a glorious view and although we did not walk all the way to the top we still climbed a fair distance up it. Back down for a spot of lunch and the off to explore the “town” A really peaceful coastal settlement with lots of locals and I guess visitors here for the weekend and school holidays. We saw an open home and decided to pop in and have a viewing of what turned out to be a really nice 2 bedroom batch that the agent told us would sell in the $200’s, but leasehold land with a ground rent of $16000pa, we thought that was quite expensive but glorious place. This was the view from the deck.


Pataua South is separated from the north side by a footbridge or a huge drive so you would want to be sure which side you wanted unless you where transporting all the stuff across the bridge.

Treasure Island (Pataua South)

Proximity to Attractions

Really handy being right on the beach, next door to the boat ramp and with it's own kids playground it's a well set up camp.

Nearest Supplies/Town

During summer it has it's own store but if you visit out of season then it's back by car to Parua Bay for the nearest shops.

Ground Surface

Flat firm spaces even when we visited after weeks of rain.

Proximity to Water/Dump Station

Dump station onsite with water available everywhere around the camp.

Outlook from Camp

None of the spots in the camp ground have views of the beach unless you secure a spot above the kitchen but nice views of the surrounding farms and the big hill at the mouth of the harbour.

Noise during Day and Night

Very quiet no noise at all

Cellphone Signal

Far signal a little intermittent at times

Walking/Cycling Tracks

No Cycling tracks but there is a walkway up the large hill at the harbour mouth it's a steep climb!

Overall Rating:

A nice camp with reasonable site fees especially during the off season when we visited. The owner/manger is a really nice lady. Well worth a visit.


Just a beautiful place, maybe we might spend a couple of days here

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One thought on “On the road to nowhere

  1. Thanks dear, for telling me about your blog. You have been to some very special places already and it’s only the beginning of your trip. I look forward to hearing more. Have you done any fishing yet or got the boat out?
    I look forward to reading the next installment. Good luck and happy driving. Love Mum xx

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