Puriri Bay (Whangaruru North Head) campsite

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


  • Adult (18+ years): $10 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $5 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free


We recommend you make a booking during the busy summer season. Bookings will open for the summer period in September 2014 (we will publish the exact date here once confirmed).

You will then be able to book online or contact the Puriri Bay camp office, phone: +64 9 433 6160

Whangaruru campsite at stunning Puriri Bay.
Whangaruru campsite

To provide a fair and equal opportunity for all potential campers, only one site may be booked per booking session.

The availability of some sites will vary from time to time without notice.

Self-registration during off peak period.

Campsite details

  • Number of camp sites - 93

The campsite overlooks the mouth of Whangaruru Harbour.  

  • Backcountry hut pass does not apply
  • Camp office hours are 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
  • Camp gates and barrier arms are locked from 9:00 pm – 7:30 am
  • Recycling facilities available
  • Camp hosts on site from Labour Weekend to first Saturday after Easter
  • Contact the campground on +64 9 433 6160

From Queens Birthday to Labour Weekend:

  • Grassed areas will be locked off
  • A limited number of hardstand sites are available
  • The central ablution blocks will be left open

View a map of the Puriri Bay (Whangaruru North Head) campsite
(Please note: there is no site numbered 22)


  • Last 2 km single lane
  • Weather conditions will limit access to the grassed areas over winter.

Rubbish disposal

Campers staying in the camp are required to purchase a $2.00 rubbish bag to assist with the costs associated with the disposal of rubbish and recyclable items.


Puriri Bay, Whangaruru North lies about 30 km south-east of Russell on Northland's East Coast.

Getting there

Turn off SH1, 22 km north of Whangarei onto Russell Rd. After about 30 km ( just north of Ngaiotonga) turn into Whangaruru North Rd.

Grid reference: NZTM2000, E1723562-6085659
Latitude: -35.36473569, Longitude: 174.36010002



Boating Boating
Swimming Swimming

This attractive campsite offers sheltered waters, walking, swimming and boating activities.

Park or reserve

Whangaruru North Head

Puriri Bay (Whangaruru North Head) campsite map

Map of Puriri Bay (Whangaruru North Head) campsite.

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Site name


Site number

Max. number of people
per site

Little Getaway

Tent sites suitable for up to 4 person hike tent

Sites 67 - 71


Seaside Block

Standard two room family tent sites or motorhome

Sites 56 -66


Stream Block

Standard two room family tent sites (some sites can be wet)

Sites 47-55

Sites 90 - 93


Hill Block

Standard two room family tent sites

Sites 72 -77


North End Block

Standard two room family tent sites or motorhome (tents only sites 78 and 79)

Sites 78 - 89


Back Paddock

Standard two room family tent sites or motorhome (some sites can be wet)

Sites 6-18

Sites 23 - 40


Back Paddock Tent Sites

Standard two room family tent

Sites 1-5


Plan and prepare

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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2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies


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