Awana estuary

Image: Frederick Church | ©

Introduction

This campsite is near Awana Beach, one of the island's most popular places to surf.

Campsite overview

Access

  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan

Landscape

  • Coastal

Category

  • Category
Scenic

Bookings

  • Bookings

Bookings required

Facilities

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

Activities

  • Kayaking and canoeing

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

Surrounded by farmland and dunes, the grassy campsites are next to Awana estuary (bring your mosquito repellent). Walk 300 m to one of the island’s best surf beaches.

Facilities and services

  • Campsite serviced 1 December to end February.
  • Picnic shelter available.

Getting there

At Awana Estuary, north end of Awana Bay, Great Barrier Island.

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

Access: Narrow gravel roads.

Location

NZTM2000 coordinates: E1822809, N5990750
Latitude: -36.2024443, Longitude: 175.47826444

Fees

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

Passes

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

  • 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 Awana Beach campsite online, or contact Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre.

Activities

  • Surf, swim and sea kayak.
  • Explore historic sites.
  • Endangered bird species: pateke (brown teal), New Zealand dotterel, oyster catcher and banded rail. Do not disturb, and take special care during nesting season.

Know before you go

  • No open fires are permitted, bring your own cooker or gas BBQ.
  • Vehicle access to beach is not permitted.
  • Bring insect repellent.
  • We recommend boiling water before use.

Rubbish

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.

Contacts

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
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