Port Jackson campsite

Image: Herb Christophers | ©

Introduction

At the northern tip of the Peninsula, this campsite is at the water’s edge next to the beach. At the eastern end of the campsite, the Muriwai Coastal Walk leads up the headland towards Wharekaiatua Pa and along the coast, with stunning coastal views.

Campsite overview

Access

  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan

Landscape

  • Coastal

Category

  • Category
Scenic

Bookings

  • Bookings

Bookings required

Facilities

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

Activities

  • Boating
  • Diving and snorkelling
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Swimming

Seasonal restrictions

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

No dogs

About this campsite

  • Number of tent/caravan/motorhome sites - 113
  • Maximum number of people - 450

View a map of campsite zones (PDF, 2,064K)

Facilities and services

Camp office and registration

Office hours are displayed on the camp office notice board/kiosk.

  • Peak season (mid-December to early February): the office is staffed periodically
  • Off-peak season: office hours will vary, and may close for some periods

If you arrive without an online booking, visit the office and use the self-registration facility. Make sure you have the correct fee amount in cash. DOC Rangers will check registrations.

Eftpos is available at the camp office during office hours only. A public payphone is located in the day-use area.

Rubbish and recycling

This campground is Pack In Pack Out. There are no rubbish or recycling facilities except composting for food waste only. It is recommended you bring a sealed container to put your food scraps into.

The closest refuse transfer station is 525 Hauraki Road, Coromandel Town. See Thames Coromandel District Council website for opening hours and other transfer stations.

Getting there

58 km north of Coromandel.

From Coromandel take the Colville Road for 22 km until the Whangaahei Junction, then turn left and follow the Port Jackson Road for 28 km until you get to Fantail Bay. From Fantail Bay follow the road for a futher 8 km.

Access: Unsealed road from Colville.

Location

NZTM2000 coordinates: E1809781, N5959816
Latitude: -36.48400698, Longitude: 175.34180112

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

The maximum stay is 14 consecutive days (21 consecutive days from 20 December to 8 February) followed by a minimum 7-day break before returning.

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

There are less camping spots available in the Northern Coromandel this summer. This is because of the closure of Fletcher Bay Campground from 1 November 2019 until 1 March 2020. Book online to secure a camping spot.

Activities

Walking and tramping

The stunning coastal Muriwai walk leaves Port Jackson at the northern end of the beach.

Water activities

Port Jackson has a lovely sweeping golden sandy beach and is ideal for swimming, boating, kayaking, fishing and diving.

Know before you go

Arrival/departure times: Check-in from 2 pm. Leave campsites before 11 am - you're welcome to continue using the camp facilities for the rest of the day but must leave your site and move your vehicle.

Check-in: With an online booking, you may go directly to your camp zone. Without an online booking, complete the self-registration forms located at the entrance to the camp. Make sure you have cash for the self-registration envelopes. DOC Rangers will come through periodically to check you in.

Online bookings will take preference for sites over non-bookings due to limited space.

Parking: One vehicle per site, space is limited.

Boats storage/access: Boats over 5 metres in the campground are discouraged as space is limited. Water access from the campground isn't guaranteed.

Water is from a stream and should be boiled or treated before drinking.

No fires/fireworks, or devices with a naked flame including califonts. Only gas cookers, fridge/freezers and lanterns may be used.

No chainsaws, compressors, generators and amplifiers. Generators may be used at Campground Manager discretion.

Read the full campground rules.

Contacts

Port Jackson campsite
Email:portjacksoncampground@doc.govt.nz
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