Wild Woolley and Lost

So after 2 days at Treasure island and supplies running low we ventured into Whangarei to stock up on essentials, making the first stop at the Warehouse I should have taken a photo of the van parked across 4 car parks, just as well the car park was fairly empty. It is something I am going to have to get used to with a vehicle that’s almost 9 metres long and 2.3 wide it does not exactly fit into the standard car park.


In fact car parking became an issue at our next destination the Whangarei Falls (above) whilst there is a great parking area with clean toilets etc, there was nowhere to park our beast so we ended up parking on the road, there was another campervan also circling the car park with a similar issue and that was much smaller than ours. You would think that with tourism exploding and campervans becoming common place on the road that local councils would look at this and try to set aside areas for us to park.

The lost part of the blog relates to a 5 year old by the name of Liam who Sarah and I found at the the bridge pictured above. He had become separated from his family, thankfully Sarah had the mothers touch and she managed to calm the poor boy down, and we set off to find his family. As we had not passed them coming down the side we descended they had to be on the other side, and sure enough when we reached the top there they were, and very glad to have the young fella back.


Wolley relates to Woolleys Bay our first ever night spent freedom camping, The beach is just past Matapouri Bay and was devoid of people when we arrived but now (5.30pm) there are about 10 vans here of all sorts. The camp area is set back a little from the beach just behind a small sand dune. Both of us put our feet into the water and whilst they did not turn into instant ice blocks, its still far to cold for a swim. The sea is also full of a red weed making the breaking waves appear blood red in some areas on the beach.


I don’t know what it is about Sarah and walking up hills to get a photo but it’s worth it once we get there and this photo sort of shows how glorious the beach is. 3 days in a row now I have easily achieved my 10000 steps. We are close to the road but I don’t think that will matter tonight as it seams like quite a quiet back road.

Woolleys Bay - Freedom Camp

Proximity to Attractions

Just walk over the sand dune and you are at the beach with surfing, fishing or swimming right there.

Nearest Supplies/Town

There are no shops in Woolleys Bay but you could walk back over the hill to the dairy in Matapouri or drive back to Tutakaka.

Ground Surface

Firm sandy area but very squashed in by freedom campers.

Proximity to Water/Dump Station

Toilets on site (blocked) nearest water and dump station is back at Nugaruru.

Outlook from Camp

Somewhat blocked by the sand dune and the freedom campers but really nice if you walk on top of the dune

Noise during Day and Night

Very quiet, just a few cars cruising past during the night.

Cellphone Signal

Decent signal

Walking/Cycling Tracks

No tracks at the camping area but if you walk along the beach and up the road you can then follow the walk down to Whale bay and Matapouri.

Overall Rating:

It\'s a bit hard to complain when it\'s free but it certainly was a squash with all the freedom campers other than that a great place to stay.


From here we will head >>>>>>that way, who knows we will see when we get there
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