Whites Bay beach

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October to April each year: Become a camp host at Pukatea/Whites Bay, an idyllic campground located off the Port Underwood Road.


A small, bush clad valley slopes down to the sandy beach in a sheltered bay with a stream, glow worms and abundant birdlife.


Positions available April to October 2019.


Camp host positions are for one or two weeks. Each week/fortnight runs from Monday to Monday (apart from the first roster) to allow for a handover between incoming and outgoing hosts on Monday mornings, with a DOC staff member on hand. This is a busy camp ground and suited to a couple or two friends.

We cannot guarantee your requested period, so we recommend you list a few preferences on the application form.


Pukatea/Whites Bay is an idyllic campground located off the Port Underwood Road, a 30 minute drive north east of Blenheim. A small, bush clad valley slopes down to the sandy beach in a sheltered bay with a stream, glow worms and abundant birdlife. Walks in the area range from 10 minutes to 5 hours and provide views over the coast and to the North Island.

Cats and dogs are not permitted at Pukatea/Whites Bay.


You have duties and responsibilities for four hours each day, including:

  • helping visitors enjoy their stay
  • cleaning ablution facilities
  • keeping the camp rubbish free
  • ensuring campers pay their fees
  • providing general information to campers
  • passing on maintenance requirements to DOC staff
  • radio communication with the DOC office. 

What to expect

The position is suitable for single people, couples or families.

Training: Full training and induction will be provided, however applicants need to have the following attributes:

  • able to relate to a range of people in a friendly manner
  • mature, sensible and have a good attitude
  • fluent in English and have a practical outlook.

Accommodation: There is a comfortable historic cottage for accommodation. The cottage contains;

  • gas oven and cook top
  • large fridge/freezer
  • gas hot water
  • shower in separate bathroom
  • kitchen, lounge/dining/separate bedroom with double bunkbed
  • cooking and eating utensils
  • solar lighting with limited solar electricity
  • log burner.

Induction: At the induction, a DOC ranger will ensure you know your role, issue you with the necessary equipment and make sure you have read, understood and signed any health and safety information.

What to bring

If you are selected you will be given more information about what to bring closer to the time.

What will be provided for you:

  • full training and support
  • DOC camp host identification
  • daily camp booking details
  • a VHF radio, for contact with the duty ranger.

How to apply

To apply fill in the online application form. When filling out the form upload a letter of reference from a friend/employer/previous camp host supervisor outlining your suitability for this position or email it to renwick@doc.govt.nz

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