Beach adjacent to campsite

Image: Wendy Lever | DOC


This is a family campsite in a coastal setting with excellent fishing and swimming next to the Matatā wildlife refuge. No dogs are allowed.

Campsite overview


  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan


  • Coastal


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Shower - hot
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from tap - treated, suitable for drinking
40 non-powered/tent sites


  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Fishing
  • Swimming

Seasonal restrictions

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Bookings can be made for Labour Weekend, 18 December - 7 February and Easter. At other times  spaces are available on a first come, first served basis.

Dog access

No dogs

About this campsite

Getting there

Off Arawa Street on the beach side of Matatā township. Campside is 200 m across a causeway.

Gravel road.


Latitude: -37.88639276, Longitude: 176.76059781


  • Adult (18+ years): $8 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $4 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free

Additional fees

There is a $2 charge per booking to cover waste disposal.

Payment options

Pay camp manager at the campsite office. Eftpos is available and the preferred payment option.


The campsite pass for rental campervans can 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 can be made for:

At all other times, spaces are available on a first come, first served basis.

To book phone the on-site manager at the campsite after 6 pm. 


Bird and wildlife watching

The campsite is next to the Matatā wildlife refuge.

Know before you go

Check-in, check-out and length of stay

  • Pay and register on arrival.
  • No public access 7 pm to 7 am.
  • Vacate sites by 10.30 am.
  • Check in after 11 am. 
  • Maximum length of stay: 'two weeks in, one week out'.
  • Refunds are only issued in exceptional circumstances, eg the closure of the camp due to a storm event. No refunds will be issued at the campsite - apply by writing to the local DOC office. 


Campsite office open 10 am – 3 pm, 7 days a week. 

Matata campsite
Phone: +64 7 322 2327
Address: Across Causeway opposite shops
Arawa Road
Matata, 3194


Opotiki Office
Phone:   +64 7 315 1001
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   70 Bridge Street
Postal Address:   PO Box 326
Opotiki 3162
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