Puriri Bay (Whangaruru North Head) campsite

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Water from tap Water from tap
Toilets Toilets
Rubbish Bin Rubbish Bin
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. Book online or contact the Puriri Bay camp office, phone: +64 9 433 6160.

Before you book:

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
  • Rubbish bins are closed during this period. Take your rubbish away with you.


  • 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

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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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


Whangarei Office
Phone:      +64 9 470 3300
Email:   whangarei@doc.govt.nz
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Mimiwhangata Coastal Park
Phone:      +64 9 433 6554
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