Introduction

This is a standard campsite with a nearby lagoon suitable for swimming and kayaking. Visit Te Rerenga Wairua only 5 minutes drive away or 3 hours via the walking track.

Campsite overview

Access

  • Car
  • Motorhome
  • Caravan

Landscape

  • Coastal

Category

  • Category
Standard

Bookings

  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served

Facilities

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

Activities

  • Boating
  • Diving and snorkelling
  • Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit only. Contact the relevant DOC office to obtain a permit.

  • 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

Tapotupotu campsite.
Tapotupotu Bay

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.

The upgraded coastal walkway and bridge link Tapotupotu to Kapowairua as part of the four-day Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga) walkway.

Tapotupotu campsite is a wilderness camping area accessible by road with minimal facilities.

View Tapotupotu campsite photo gallery.

Getting there

From Kaitaia head north on State Highway 1. Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes travel time from Kaitaia to Tapotupotu campsite.

Location

NZTM2000 coordinates: E1574155, N6189320

Fees

  • Adult (18+ years): $6 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $3 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free

Pay at the self-registration stand at the campsite.

  • Serviced by DOC rangers daily peak season
  • Self-registration during off-peak period
  • Back-country hut pass does not apply

Activities

Surf, fish, scuba dive or swim at this beautiful sandy surf beach.

Walk along the stunning Te Paki Coastal Track.

Take a day-trip to Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga)

Driving on the beach

If you must drive on the beach:

  • Keep your vehicle on the hard sand below high tide mark
  • Avoid dune areas where plants and birds live
  • Road rules apply on the beach
  • Be sensitive to other beach users, drive with care and consideration
  • If leaving your car unattended, never leave valuables behind – break-ins happen even in remote areas

Know before you go

  • No fires at any time. ‘Contained flame’ (gas) barbeques and cookers are fine, but not open flames or fires. 
  • 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 is at Houhora.
  • Mosquitoes prolific – take insect repellent.
  • Read the camp rules.

Contacts

Kaitaia Office
Phone:      +64 9 408 6014
Email:   kaitaia@doc.govt.nz
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