Awana estuary
Image: Frederick Church ©


This campsite is near Awana Beach, one of the island's most popular places to surf.

Campsite overview


  • Car
  • Campervan
  • Caravan


  • Coastal


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Shelter for cooking
  • Shower - cold
  • Water from tap
60 non-powered/tent sites


  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Surfing

Seasonal restrictions

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

No dogs

  • Kauri dieback
    Help stop kauri dieback

    Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

    • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
    • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forest.

About this campsite

Surrounded by farmland and dunes, the grassy campsites are next to Awana estuary (bring your mosquito repellent). Walk 300 m to one of the island’s best surf beaches.

Facilities and services

  • Campsite serviced 1 December to end February.
  • Picnic shelter available.

Getting there

At Awana Estuary, north end of Awana Bay, Great Barrier Island.

From Auckland via passenger and car ferry to Tryphena or Port FitzRoy, or air travel to Claris or Okiwi. Rental cars available for hire from Tryphena and Claris by arrangement.

Access: Narrow gravel roads.


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1822809, N5990750
Latitude: -36.2024443, Longitude: 175.47826444


  • Adult (18+ years): $13 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $6.50 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free


  • The campsite pass for rental campervans cannot be used at this campsite.

  • The DOC/NZMCA Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite except between 20 December and the end of Waitangi weekend.

  • Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.


  • Bookings should preferably be completed online. Phone and email bookings incur a service fee.
  • Changes and additions to bookings will incur a fee up to $10 per alteration.

Book Awana Beach campsite online, or contact:

Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 9 3796476
Address:   Shed 19
137 Princes Wharf
Auckland 1010
Full office details

Read the terms and conditions before you book.

Map of Awana campsite.
Map of Awana campsite

Picnic shelter at Awana Beach campsite. Photo: Brian Dobbie.
Picnic shelter at Awana Beach Campsite


  • Surf, swim and sea kayak.
  • Explore historic sites.
  • Endangered bird species: pateke (brown teal), New Zealand dotterel, oyster catcher and banded rail. Do not disturb, and take special care during nesting season.

Know before you go

  • No open fires are permitted, bring your own cooker or gas BBQ.
  • Vehicle access to beach is not permitted.
  • Bring insect repellent.
  • We recommend boiling water before use.

You will be asked to leave if behaving in a disorderly or offensive way (e.g. excessive alcohol, using foul language, noisy or riotous). Drinking in public and the public display of alcohol are not permitted.


Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 9 3796476
Address:   Shed 19
137 Princes Wharf
Auckland 1010
Full office details
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