Kayaker leaving Akapoa Bay

Image: Frederick Church | ©


A popular family camping area near the sheltered waters of Port FitzRoy, with easy access to many of the island's walking tracks.

Campsite overview


  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan


  • Coastal


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Boat launching
  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Shelter for cooking
  • Shop
  • Shower - cold
  • Toilets
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
30 non-powered/tent sites


  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Walking and tramping

Seasonal restrictions

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

No dogs
  • Help stop kauri dieback
    • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
    • Clean your footwear and gear before and after visiting kauri forest.

    How you can help save kauri

About this campsite

Camp in a sheltered bay amongst beautiful pohutukawa trees. 

Facilities and services

  • Campsite serviced 1 December to end of February.
  • A wharf, shop, fuel depot and post office are nearby. 

Getting there

At Port FitzRoy, Great Barrier Island.

From Auckland, passenger and car ferry to Tryphena or Port FitzRoy, private boat to Port FitzRoy, or air travel to Claris or Okiwi. Rental cars available for hire from Tryphena and Claris by arrangement.

Access: Narrow gravel roads.


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1812499, N5994425
Latitude: -36.1718991. Longitude: 175.36331288


  • Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $7.50 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free


The campsite pass for rental campervans cannot be used at this campsite.

The DOC/NZMCA Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite except between 20 December and the end of Waitangi weekend.

Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.


  • Bookings should preferably be completed online. Phone and email bookings incur a service fee.
  • Changes and additions to bookings will incur a fee up to $10 per alteration.

Book Akapoua Bay campsite online, or contact Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre.


  • Popular place for families and boaties.
  • Shingle beach.
  • Gateway to track network.
  • Many walking tracks near the campsite
  • Good fishing in the harbour.

Know before you go


There is no free rubbish collection on Aotea/Great Barrier Island. There is a rubbish truck, which only accepts orange rubbish bags that are available from camp hosts at DOC campgrounds. These rubbish bags are $4 each. You can also take your own rubbish to the Claris landfill site.

DOC only provides recycling bins during the summer peak season for:

  • bottles
  • cans, and
  • plastics.

Behaviour and alcohol

You'll be asked to leave if you behave in a disorderly or offensive way (e.g. excessive alcohol, using foul language, noisy or riotous). Drinking in public and the public display of alcohol are not permitted.


Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 9 379 6476
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   aucklandvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Shop2, Shed 19, Princes Wharf
137 Princes Wharf
Auckland 1010
Postal Address:   PO Box 105 469
Auckland City 1143
Back to top