Maitai Bay conservation campsite: Karikari Peninsula, Northland region

Maitai Bay
Image: Pierre Roudier | Creative Commons


This is a scenic campsite in the Kaitaia area, popular with families and boaties. Camp in a sheltered bay with campsites nestled amongst beautiful pohutukawa trees.


Campsite overview


  • Car
  • Campervan
  • Caravan


  • Coastal


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • Boat launching
  • Shower - cold
  • Toilet - flush
  • Water from tap
  • Wheelchair accessible with assistance
100 non-powered/tent sites


  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Boating
  • Diving and snorkelling
  • Fishing

Seasonal restrictions

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

No dogs

  • Kauri dieback
    Help stop kauri dieback

    Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

    • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
    • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forest.

About this campsite

Getting there

Maitai Bay is located on the outer Karikari Peninsula, on Maitai Bay Road, about 44 km northeast of Kaitaia.

From Kaitaia, head north on SH1 until you reach Awanui, then turn right onto SH10. Continue on SH10 for 14.6 km, then turn left onto Inland Road. Continue along Inland Road for 15 km, then turn left onto Maitai Bay Rd and continue for 5 km. The Maitai Bay Campsite entrance is signposted on your right.

Note: You travel 2 km on a gravel road.


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1637275, N6145711
Latitude: -34.82958635, Longitude: 173.40807865


  • Adult (18+ years): $13 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $6.50 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free


No bookings – first come/first served.


Walk around the coast or relax on the picturesque white sandy beach.

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.

Other activities

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, do not disturb and take special care.

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.

Know before you go

  • Mosquitoes prolific – take insect repellent.
  • 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).

See the Maitai Bay campsite rules.

Northland reserve bylaws apply to Maitai Bay Recreation Reserve.


Kaitaia Office
Phone:   +64 9 408 6014
Address:   25 Matthews Ave
Kaitaia 0441
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