We woke to the sounds of nature outside, with the local birds calling to each other amongst the trees. We rose slowly, with the help of freshly brewed coffee, and cooked up breakfast as the sun rose. With food in our bellies, we decided to make our way over to Sullivans Bay, in the Mahurangi Regional Park.
We headed West through Whangaporoa, and then North past Orewa and Puhoi. Then, we found ourselves winding down Mahurangi Road to the small campground at the base of the Sullivans Bay peninsula.
It was a beautiful day to be following the coast, and when we arrived we were ready for a swim! We had ample space to park up, and we chose a grassy spot right above the beach to pull up. We got changed quickly in the van, then ran down and jumped into the sea. The water was warm and clear, and further out, yachts sailed across the Gulf. Because this bay is protected by small islands a short distance off-shore, the surf here is small, and perfect for swimming.
We got chatting to some other happy campers as we cooked lunch on the BBQs provided at the grounds. This facility is fantastic, especially if you bring a group of friends and want to cook a big shared dinner. Bring your own wood or source it here at Sullivans Bay and you’re away laughing! A big grassy reserve at the campsite makes the perfect cricket pitch or frisbee field for after-dinner games.
Worlds away from Auckland city, yet less than an hour’s drive, this place is ideal for a weekend away or a quick re-boot. The various walks across farmland provide stunning views, and the ever-present nature and birdlife will restore you.
You have to be 21 years old or over to rent a car. Feel free to contact us, if you have any questions.