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This is a scenic campsite in the Kaitaia area, popular with families and boaties. Camp in a sheltered bay with campsites nestled amongst beautiful pohutukawa trees.


Campsite overview


  • Car
  • Motorhome
  • Caravan


  • Coastal


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • Boat launching
  • Shower - cold
  • Toilet - flush
  • Water from tap
  • Wheelchair accessible with assistance
100 non-powered/tent sites


  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Boating
  • Diving and snorkelling
  • Fishing

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

Maitai Bay.
Maitai Bay

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Getting there

Maitai Bay is located on the outer Karikari Peninsula, on Maitai Bay Road, about 40 km northeast of Kaitaia.

From Kaitaia head north along State Highway 1, turn right onto State Highway 10, then left onto Inland Road. Continue along Inland Road for 15 km, turn left onto Maitai Bay Rd for 4 km until you get to the Maitai Bay Camp entrance on your right.

Note: You travel 2 km on a gravel road.


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1637275, N6145711
Latitude: -34.82958635, Longitude: 173.40807865


  • Adult (18+ years): $10 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $5 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free
  • Backcountry hut pass does not apply.
  • Serviced by DOC rangers daily peak season.
  • Self-registration during off-peak period.


No bookings – first come/first served.


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

Tracks and walks

The campsite serves as a handy starting point for a number of short walks as well as a longer beach walk - all suitable for family groups. Get stunning views from the Fig Tree Track or walk along the Maitai Bay Headland Track.

There is walking access from Karikari beach to Rangiputa along the coastal marginal strip. Start at the Karikari Bay Track and then head south-west along the beach to Puwheke, and along Rangiputa. This takes approximately 2-3 hours.

Before setting out please contact your local DOC office for an update on the condition of the tracks.

Other activities

A day use area and boat launching facilities are available.

Enjoy fishing, diving, snorkelling and swimming at the beach, a short walk away from the campsite. 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.

Cultural significance of the area

There are many areas of spiritual and cultural significance within the general vicinity of the camp. Of particular significance is the headland on Maitai Point between the two beaches that are accessible from the camp. Access around the rocks for fishing is permissible, but local iwi would prefer people stay away from the elevated parts of this point.

Know before you go

  • Mosquitoes prolific – take insect repellent.
  • Always thoroughly clean your equipment (cars, shoes, camping gear etc) before and after trips to minimise spreading invasive pests, weeds and diseases.
  • No fires at any time.
  • No fireworks at any time.
  • No domestic animals permitted in campground.
  • No rubbish bins on site. During peak season December to February, rubbish is collected daily (as per council fees per bag - subject to change). At all other times, remove your rubbish. 'Take in, take out' policy. Food scraps attract vermin.
  • Nearest rubbish transfer station located at Whatuwhiwhi (1 km past the Whatuwhiwhi garage).
  • No vehicles on beach except for boat launching.
  • See the Maitai Bay campsite rules.
  • Northland reserve bylaws apply to Maitai Bay Recreation Reserve.


Kaitaia Office
Phone:      +64 9 408 6014
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