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13 best places to camp in the Far North (Northland), tips

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Tapotupotu conservation campsite @Rankers NZ

Hokianga is an underdeveloped tourist destination without the flush of motels lining the small settlements. The Hokianga has a number of airBNB options however camping grounds are few and far between. Ahipara is a gateway to Ninety Mile Beach and Cape Reinga. Northland is renowned for its warm dry summers making it a very popular summer camping destination. There is plenty of choice from rivers to beaches, from holiday parks to rustic classic campsites where there is not much except Northland’s spectacular charms.

Ngapae Holiday Park 90 Mile Beach

Family owned campgrounds non-powered, powered, cabins, chalets and motel style units available. Part of the local community, located Waipapakauri Ramp is identified as a site of significance and key access point for the iwi of Ngai Takoto onto Te Oneroa a Tohe / 90 Mile Beach. For bookings or further information check out Ngapae Holiday Park.

What to do near Ngapae Holiday Park:

  • Cast surf fishing
Ngapae Holiday Park, 90 Mile Beach @TripAdvisor
@Ngapae Holiday Park
Utea Park CampGround

Basic, clean campgrounds with powered and non-powered sites.

Cabins with shared bathroom facilities. Communal kitchen is well maintained. Payment by Koha which means donation. For further information check out Utea Park.

Utea Park CampGround @motorcamps
Utea Park CampGround @motorcamps
Tokerau Beach Motor Camp

Classic camp grounds powered and non-powered sites with a dump site for campervans. The camp grounds are located on the beach. To book or further information check out CampSite Directory for Tokerau.

What to do nearby Tokerau Motor Camp:

  • Kite Surf School, fun for everyone
  • Shellfish gathering
  • Swimming
Tokerau Beach Motor Camp
Tokerau Beach Motor Camp @TripAdvisor
Tokerau Beach Motor Camp @Holiday Parks NZ
Whatuwhiwhi TOP 10 Holiday Park

Whatuwhiwhi TOP 10 Holiday Park meets the standards of a TOP10 holiday park with park-like grounds for non-powered, powered tent sites, cabins, chalets, motels and villas. The facilities are fish filleting, dive fill, BBQ, playgrounds, on-site shop, car and boat wash down. The site is a summer temporary village with the atmosphere of a school playground. To book or further inquiries check out Whatuwhiwhi Top 10 Holiday Park.

What to do nearby:

  • Visit Karikari Estate Winery
  • Carrington Estate World Class Golf Course
  • Deep Sea fishing charters
@Whatuwhiwhi Top 10 Holiday Park
@Whatuwhiwhi Top 10 Holiday Park
Whatuwhiwhi TOP 10 Holiday Park @booking
Pukenu Holiday Park

Pukenu Holiday Park is known for its spacious campgrounds where you can enjoy the extra designated space for each site. There are powered, non-powered tent sites, cabins and chalets with ensuite. Forward bookings are recommended in peak season. For bookings or further information check out Pukenui Holiday Park Far North New Zealand – Stay in our cabin accommodation, tent or powered campsite in beautiful Pukenui in the Far North of Northland New Zealand.

What to do nearby:

  • Visit in Awanui 30 mins from the holiday park, Kauri Kingdom is a multi-award winning business that has pioneered the commercial extraction, milling and manufacture of Ancient Kauri wood
  • 4WD Ninety Mile Beach
  • Relax on Rarawa beach. Walk on the crystal white silica sands shell hunting, or enjoy the clear blue waters. A great surf beach, or if you enter from the southern end the calm waters of Rarawa Creek offer sheltered quiet swimming, ideal for young families.
Pukenu Holiday Park @TravelTrooperX2
Pukenu Holiday Park @TripAdvisor
Matauri Bay Holiday Park Bay of Islands

Matauri Bay Holiday Park is extensive with powered, non-powered tent sites, cabins, chalets, motels and villas. There is a village atmosphere in the peak season. The motor camp has a wide range of facilities The Local Northland Area at from a  general store, petrol station, LPG swap a bottle, dive bottle filling station, communal toilet & shower block, large communal kitchen, washers, dryers, washing lines, recycling centre and filleting bench.

What to do nearby:

  • Dive famous Rainbow Warrior Memorial (built by Chris Booth) with a large stone compass indicating where beneath the ocean the Rainbow Warrior Boat wreck is submerged
  • Short walk on a sealed footpath to the Cape Reinga LightHouse
  • Go shopping for Mangonui Fish N Chips.
Houhora Heads (Wagener) Holiday Park Northland Cabins & Camp Sites

The camp grounds are described as back to basics camping. Situated on the harbour entrance we have powered and non-powered, caravan, motorhome and tent sites, secluded or  harbour view sites, a pet friendly area set aside for campers with pets, and cabins with fabulous views of the Houhora harbour entrance. Powered, non-powered tent sites, cabins and chalets. There are extensive grounds with mature trees and a kitchen garden available for guests.

What to do nearby Houhora Camping Grounds:

  • Climb Mt Camel
  • Swimming options are; close to the camp, surf/open sea, harbour, the Motutangi River or our pool
  • Cockles, pipi and kokotua are readily available at low-tide in front of the camp but the most popular are the tuatua. To get these you have to cross the estuary and walk to the beginning of the east beach (about 10 minute walk) which is where the tuatua beds are.
Houhora Heads @wagenerholidaypark
Houhora Heads @wagenerholidaypark
Houhora Heads @wagenerholidaypark
Tauranga Bay Holiday Park

You can’t get any closer to the beach with some sites actually metres away from the safe swimming beach. Log Cabins, Ensuite Cabins, Kitchen Cabins and plenty of Powered and Unpowered tent sites (140 sites). Facilities include Dump station, camp general store, kitchens, BBQ area and laundry facilities. The beach is at the end of a wide, flat valley, surrounded by steep, bush-covered slopes. A significant stand of ancient ti kouka (Cabbage trees) lies beside the lower end of the valley road. The estuary is an important breeding ground for Pateke (brown teal).

Remnant terraces and kumara pits on the western slopes of the valley are evidence of a long history of occupation and cultivation by Maori. An estuarine river at the far eastern end of the beach provides ideal safe swimming conditions for smaller children. With a public reserve at one end of the beach, and a camping ground at the other, Tauranga Bay is a classic summer holiday at the beach. For bookings or further information check out Tauraunga Bay Holiday Park.

What to do nearby:

  • Relax on the adjoining beach reading a book
  • Visit Cape Reinga
  • Tauranga Bay is one of the best beaches in the Far North. It lies immediately south of the entrance to Whangaroa Harbour.
Tauranga Bay Holiday Park @First Light Travel


Rarawa beach conservation campsite Te Paki, Northland region

Rarawa Beach is located in the Paxton Point Conservation Area at Te Paki. Camp along a river bank nestled amongst trees a stone’s throw away from Rarawa’s beautiful white sandy beach. For beach conditions remember to check as there are strong currents, Rarawa Beach is Unpatrolled beach, Never swim or surf alone.

What to do nearby:

  • Classic beach holiday
  • Chill out
  • Relax on the river bank



Bookings not required – first come, first served


  • Shower – cold
  • Toilets – flush
  • Water from tap – not treated, boil before use
  • Wheelchair accessible with assistance
  • 65 non-powered sites
Rarawa beach campsite @DoC
Rarawa beach campsite @Rankers NZ
Pandora conservation campsite Te Paki, Northland region

Just around the corner from Kapowairua (Spirits Bay) and the outstanding Waitahora Lagoon, this is a stunning spot for an overnight getaway or as part of the scenic Te Paki Coastal Track.



Bookings not required – first come, first served


  • Toilets – non-flush
  • Water from tap – not treated, boil before use
  • 30 non-powered/tent sites

What to do nearby:

  • Te Paki Coastal Track: The track follows the coastline from Kapowairua (Spirits Bay) on the North Eastern Coast, past Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga) and Cape Maria van Dieman, and finishes at Te Paki Stream on the West Coast. From there, you can continue along 90 Mile Beach all the way to Ahipara.
  • You can attempt the whole track or choose one or several track sections that suit your fitness level and areas of interest. Track sections range from 45 minutes to several hours duration.
Pandora campsite @Auckland i-SITE
Pandora campsite @TRAVLR NZ
Tapotupotu conservation campsite Te Paki, Northland region



Bookings not required – first come, first served


  • Boat launching
  • Shower – cold
  • Toilets – non-flush
  • Water from tap – not treated, boil before use
  • Wheelchair accessible with assistance
  • 45 non powered tent sites

What to do nearby:

Stay at New Zealand’s most northern campsite and experience the scenic wonders of Tapotupotu, from lush forest to breaking surf and breath-taking views. Camp with the beach at your doorstep, and awaken to the sweet sound of white water breaking on the sand. Tapotupotu is the perfect place to relax, enjoy and explore the great Far North. Tapotupotu is part of the four-day Te Paki Coastal Track. Tapotupotu campsite is a wilderness camping area accessible by road with minimal facilities. This is a scenic campsite with a nearby lagoon suitable for swimming and kayaking. Visit Cape Reinga/Te Rerenga Wairua only 5 minutes drive away or 3 hours via the walking track.

Tapotupotu conservation campsite @ Rankers NZ
Tapotupotu conservation campsite @DoC
Maitai Bay conservation campsite Karikari Peninsula, Northland region

Walk around the coast or relax on the picturesque white sandy beach.

Tracks and walks

The campsite is a handy starting point for some family friendly walks. Get stunning views from the Fig Tree Track or walk along the Maitai Bay Headland Track. Take a longer walk from Karikari beach to Rangiputa along the coastal marginal strip via the Karikari Bay Track.


Other activities

A day use area and boat launching facilities are available.

Enjoy diving, snorkelling and swimming at the beach, a short walk away from the campsite. Note: A rahui is in place so fishing is not permitted.

Explore historic sites.

Keep an eye out for endangered bird species like the New Zealand dotterel and oystercatcher. If you find a nesting area, do not disturb and take special care.



Bookings not required – first come, first served


  • Boat launching
  • Shower – cold
  • Toilets – flush
  • Water from tap – not treated, boil before use
  • Wheelchair accessible with assistance
  • 100 non-powered/tent sites
Maitai Bay campsite @Pierre Roudier
Maitai Bay campsite @Rankers NZ
Kapowairua (Spirits Bay) conservation campsite Te Paki, Northland region

One of the Far North’s renowned surf breaks, Kapowairua can turn it on when the swell is right. Indulge yourself with a stroll along the beach, listen to the waves and local wildlife while enjoying the scenery. A perfect place for fishing, swimming and walking. Take a day trip to historical Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga).



Bookings not required – first come, first served


  • Shower – cold
  • Toilets – flush
  • Water from tap – not treated, boil before use
  • 45 non-powered/tent site
Spirits Bay campsite @DoC
Spirits Bay campsite @Benhi Dixon
Spirits Bay campsite @DoC

Know before you go:

  • Mosquitoes prolific – take insect repellent.
  • At all other times remove your rubbish. ‘Take in, take out’ policy. Food scraps attract vermin.

Read the camp rules.

Freedom Camping IN NORTHLAND.

Top 5 tips for all campers:

Keep your campsite clean and tidy – leave no sign of your stay when you leave.

Dispose of waste correctly – use a transfer station or dump station.

Care for the environment, wildlife and public facilities such as toilets, signs and fences.

Confirm that you are allowed to camp in your spot – from the maps below, a sign at the site, a freedom camping ambassador, or an iSite.

Where can you stay in Whangarei District?

Our Camping in Public Places Bylaw regulates camping in Council controlled public places in our District.

It does not regulate camping on Department of Conservation land or other privately owned public spaces (e.g supermarket carparks).

Please read the information.

Consider other people nearby – share the space, keep noise to a minimum.

Public and commercial campgrounds

For information on campgrounds in our District, please visit our whangareinz website.

For information on Department of Conservation (DOC) campgrounds please click on the link below.

You can also obtain a weekly campsite pass from DOC, where you can save up to 50% on many of DOC’s campsites.

If you are an NZMCA member you can get a special DOC/NZMCA campsite pass. Follow the links below for more information.

Department of Conservation

DOC weekly campsite pass

DOC/NZMCA campsite pass

If in doubt, please ask! You can find out more at:

Whangarei i-site


  • Kapowairua (Spirits Bay) forms part of the Cape Reinga Coastal Walkway. This stunning 3-4 day tramp follows the dramatic coastline of the east and west, and traverses a variety of beautiful and unique landforms including giant sand dunes. It offers spectacular views and also accesses areas of historic and archaeological interest. Self- sufficient camping is available
  • Far North camping ground travel guide does NOT include KeriKeri or Waitangi

The journey is worth it.


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