Just an hour north of central Auckland, you’ll find Auckland Council’s much beloved Martins Bay Holiday Park.
This coastal haven offers sheltered swimming, outstanding facilities, a range of excellent accommodation options - and not to mention picture-postcard vistas across to Motuketekete, Moturekareka and Motutara islands.
With activities to appeal to all ages, this popular holiday spot is right on the water, and visitors can choose between self-contained units and cabins, or they can opt for camping or caravan sites.
There’s even glamping, either by the water or further up the hill, where guests can enjoy panoramic views of the pristine coastline.
Martins Bay is perfect for family groups or friends, with beach lovers able to pursue all their favourite seaside activities here. Whether you’re into boating, swimming, bush walking, or snoozing, you can do it all here.
The top-rated facilities include a fully equipped kitchen as well as gas barbecues if you like to cook al fresco.
There’s a fabulous playground complete with a trampoline for letting off steam, and if the weather isn’t kind, there’s a TV lounge. You can also hire kayaks, stand-up paddleboards (SUPs) and pedal karts while masks, snorkels and boogie boards can all be borrowed.
For little day trips, enjoy the natural delights of the three nearby Regional Parks.
Walk the gentle meandering path to Scandrett Regional Park direct from Martin’s Bay where you can admire impressive regenerating coastal forest, the historic farm, or wander out to Mullet Point for stunning views across to Kawau Island.
Heading a little further afield, try Tāwharanui Regional Park where the surf is generally pretty sweet, and you can walk for miles along the curving sandy bay. Or how about Mahurangi Regional Park, with its sheltered coves and historic sites?
The historic Puhoi village is a short drive from Mahurangi and a nice day trip if you are interested in exploring some of the settler history. Kawau Island is another darling day trip, with regular ferries departing from Sandspit, taking manuhiri across to enjoy a day exploring the grounds around historic Mansion House. And if you’re fond of birdwatching, remember to pack your binoculars.
Conveniently close to the city, yet so far from the hustle and bustle of urban life, Martins Bay Holiday Park is ideal for a glorious weekend getaway that won’t break the bank.