Tapotupotu campsite

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Water from tap Water from tap
Toilets Toilets
Showers (cold) Showers (cold)


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

Please 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
  • Back-country hut pass does not apply
  • Campervan access

Campsite details

View of Tapotupotu campsite from Cape Reinga walkway.
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.

Number of tent sites - 45

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


Tapotupotu is located in the Far North of the North Island, New Zealand.

Getting there

From Kaitaia head north on State Highway 1. Approximately 1 ½ hours travel time from Kaitaia to Tapotupotu campsite.

Grid reference: NZTM2000, E1574155-N6189320


  • No fires at any time. ‘Contained flame’ (gas) barbeques and cookers are fine, but not open flames or fires. 
  • 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, please remove your rubbish. “Take in, take out” policy. Food scraps attract vermin.
  • Nearest rubbish transfer station is at Houhora
  • Mosquitoes prolific – take insect repellent
  • Toitu te whenua / leave the land undisturbed

Open fires and fireworks are not permitted on any public conservation land in Northland, including DOC campsites and on the beach. For more information, please contact the local DOC office.

Campsites are social places, but everyone needs some rest and relaxation. Show respect for others quiet enjoyment of the outdoors by limiting noise between 10pm and 7am.

For more information view the Tapotupotu campsite camp rules.


Boating Boating
Diving and snorkelling Diving and snorkelling
Fishing Fishing

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)

If you must drive on the beach:

  • Please 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

Plan and prepare

  • Always thoroughly clean your equipment (cars / shoes / camping gear etc) before and after trips to minimise spreading invasive pests, weeds and diseases.
  • Mosquitoes prolific – take insect repellent
  • 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

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.

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Total fire ban

There is a total fire ban within the Kaipara and Whangarei Districts, effective from 1 February 2015 until further notice.

Alerts for Northland places


Kaitaia Office
Phone:      +64 9 408 6014
Email:   kaitaia@doc.govt.nz
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Te Paki Base
Phone:      +64 9 409 8427
Email:   tepaki@doc.govt.nz
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