Maitai Bay campsite
Water from tap
- Adult (18+ years): $10 per night
- Child (5 - 17 years): $5 per night
- Infant (0 - 4 years): free
Pay your fees to help keep the campsite available in the future.
- No bookings – first come/first served.
- Serviced by DOC rangers daily peak season.
- Self-registration during off-peak period.
- Backcountry hut pass does not apply.
- Campervan access.
Number of tent sites - 95
Cold showers - 12
Camp on the outer Karikari Peninsula in a sheltered bay with campsites nestled amongst beautiful pohutukawa trees.
This is a popular place for families and boaties. Walk around the coast or relax on the picturesque white sandy beach.
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 15km, turn left onto Maitai Bay Rd for 4km until you get to the Maitai Bay Camp entrance on your right.
Note: you travel 2 km on a gravel road.
Grid reference: NZTM2000, E1637275-N6145711
Latitude: -34.82958635, Longitude: 173.40807865
Bird and wildlife watching
Diving and snorkelling
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.
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, please do not disturb and take special care.
Plan and prepare
- The last service station is at Whatuwhiwhi.
- Mosquitoes prolific – take insect repellent.
- Solid walking shoes and long trousers are recommended for Fig Tree Track.
- Always thoroughly clean your equipment (cars / shoes / camping gear etc) before and after trips to minimise spreading invasive pests, weeds and diseases.
- Be prepared for all types of weather and conditions for short and long walks, rides and other activities. Have a first aid kit and survival kit, and know what to do if things go wrong.
- Always tell someone where you are going, for how long, and your expected time back.
- No fires at any time.
- No fireworks at any time (sky lanterns are absolutely banned).
- 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.
Campsites are social places, but everyone needs some rest and relaxation. Show respect for others quiet enjoyment of the outdoors by limiting noise between 10 pm and 7 am.
See the Maitai Bay campsite rules.
Open fires and fireworks are not permitted on any public conservation land in Northland, including DOC camp grounds and on the beach. For more information, please contact the local DOC office.
Northland reserve bylaws apply to Maitai Bay Recreation Reserve.
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.
Environmental care code
Toitu te whenua (Leave the land undisturbed). Protect the environment for your own sake, for the sake of those who come after you, and for the environment itself.
View the New Zealand Environmental Care Code
Help stop kauri dieback
Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.
- Stay on the track and off kauri roots.
- Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forests.
Visit the kauri dieback website for more information on how you can help.