Whangapoua Campsite

Image: Brian Dobbie | ©

Introduction

Located on the edge of Whangapoua estuary, this scenic campsite is close to a popular surf break.

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
74 non-powered/tent sites

Activities

  • Fishing

Seasonal restrictions

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

No dogs
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    • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
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About this campsite

Set in farmland overlooking the Whangapoua estuary and a popular surf beach with good fishing.

There are stunning views of Mt Hirakimata and Rakitu Island.

Facilities and services

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

Getting there

At Okiwi, close to the airfield, on the edge of the Whangapoua Estuary, Great Barrier Island.

From Auckland via ferry or by air. 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: E1817893-N5997238
Latitude: -36.14512248, Longitude: 175.42182914

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 Whangapoua Campsite online, or contact Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland Visitor Centre.

Activities

A short walk gives access to the historic Wairarapa grave site at the northern end of the beach.

Endangered bird species: pateke (brown teal), New Zealand dotterel, oyster catcher and banded rail. Please do not disturb, and take special care during the nesting season.

Know before you go

  • Fires are not permitted at any time. Bring your own cooker or gas BBQ.
  • Vehicle access to beach is not permitted.
  • 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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