All campers and visitors need to observe DOC objectives and to that end, these rules are to ensure everyone enjoys a pleasant and positive experience. These rules may be adjusted by the Conservation Services Manager as circumstances dictate.
The Northern Coromandel campgrounds are family-friendly campgrounds. The camp manager (DOC Ranger) has the right to refuse access to any person he or she believes will not contribute to the family atmosphere. Acceptance and use of this booking constitute acceptance of the camp rules.
Camping at any of the Northern Coromandel campgrounds provides its visitors with a remote conservation experience so come prepared. A camp manager (DOC Ranger) may not be present onsite 24/7 over the summer/winter periods. Instructions for emergency situations will be displayed at the kiosk and/or camp office.
All Northern Coromandel campgrounds are operating under a Pack In Pack Out policy for waste. There are no facilities for waste disposal or recycling. The nearest waste transfer station is Hauraki Road, Coromandel.
Arrivals and departures
- All campers must register on arrival.
- Check the office and/or kiosk notices for office hours.
- Office hours may vary so if the camp office is closed use the self-registration forms located at the kiosk or outside office areas.
- Campers without a booking must complete a self-registration form and pay fees in full on arrival.
- Book online or pay by eftpos.
- EFTPOS is available only during office hours.
- DOC/NZMCA pass campers must fill in the DOC/NZMCA campsite pass self-registration form on arrival.
- All sites have an Iron Ranger (registration slip/payment box)
- Proof of online bookings and/or camp registration must be placed in your vehicle within view of the DOC Camp Manager/Ranger.
- Registrations will be checked daily by the DOC Camp Managers/Rangers
- Check-in is no earlier than 2 pm and campsites must be vacated by 11 am.
Vehicle use and parking
- Campsite parking – one vehicle per site/booking. Adjacent campsites, driveways and common areas cannot be used to park vehicles, boats, etc. except where specifically made available by the Campground Manager.
- Maximum speed in camp is 10 km. Vehicle use in camp is subject to New Zealand Road Code and includes all motorised conveyances and bicycles.
- Friends and family (not booked to camp) must park their vehicles in visitor parking and leave by 8 pm.
- No driving on the beach – except where indicated for the purpose of launching and retrieving boats.
- DOC does not ensure launching or retrieval of boats using the ramps or access ways in the campground.
- Boats over 5 metres in the campground are discouraged.
Prohibited behaviour and equipment
- There is a ban on open fires and fireworks at all times in the campground and on the beach.
- If DOC fireboxes are present they may be used for cooking only when DOC fire ban is lifted (check camp Fireban signage).
- All other devices with a naked flame are banned including califonts.
- Only gas cookers, fridge/freezers and lanterns may be used.
- Unsociable behaviour will not be tolerated. You will be asked to leave.
- No disruptive or intoxicated behaviour, or use of abusive or obscene language. No nudity on the beach or in the campground.
- Excessive noise will not be tolerated at any time, especially between 10 pm and 7 am.
- Private toilet or shower tents may not be set up – showers and toilets are provided. Hoses or adapters cannot be left connected to campground water supplies or connected to shower units.
- Fish cleaning is to be conducted in the fish cleaning bays provided.
- All fish waste must be taken back out to sea or buried deep below the high tide mark.
- All DOC property, vegetation, birds and animals (including eels) are protected and not to be interfered with. No cutting trees or digging holes. Do not tie your tent, clothesline or swings to the trees in the camp.
- Chainsaws, compressors, generators and amplifiers are prohibited. Generators may be used at Campground Manager discretion.
- Dogs or other domestic animals (cats, birds etc.) are not permitted in the campground or in any vehicles on DOC land.
- No emptying of chemical toilet waste or other material in campground toilets. The nearest dump station is in the Coromandel Township.
- Access to adjacent farmland or buildings is prohibited.
- No business or commercial activity to be undertaken unless a Concession has been granted and displayed or presented on request.
- Use of drones over DOC land and the campgrounds is prohibited.
- Fire safety – tent walls must be 3 metres from neighbouring tents.
- Water is from the stream and should be boiled or treated before drinking, with the exception of Waikawau Bay which now has filtered water.
- Do not touch, damage or remove bait stations laid in the area as toxins may be present. Ensure young children are supervised at all times.
Campground-specific booking conditions
- Maximum stay is 14 consecutive days (from 20 December to 8 February maximum stay is 21 consecutive days) followed by a minimum 7 day break before returning.
- No refunds will be issued at the campground. Refunds are only issued in exceptional circumstances such as closure of the camp by DOC and can be applied for in writing to the Conservation, Services Manager PO Box 276, Whitianga, 3542
Specific to booked accommodation
- No fish cleaning inside booked accommodation - use fish cleaning station if provided.
- Additional accommodation or structures (tents, campervans, etc) may not be erected or placed at booked accommodation without Campground Manager approval
- Campers/visitors are not permitted in or around booked accommodation – use is limited to the number of persons listed on the website and booked; penalty rates or eviction from the facility may result
- Accommodation to be left clean and tidy for the next guests and all rubbish removed. Pack in Pack out policy applies.
Any complaints or problems are to be directed to the Campground Manager and will be dealt with where possible immediately. If unable to arrive at a satisfactory solution to complaints, campers are asked to write to:
Conservation Services Manager
PO Box 276
Or phone +64 7 869 5638 and leave your contact details.