Anaura Bay campsite

Image: Pauline Moore | ©


Camp next to a beautiful beach and alongside a stream. The site is surrounded by forest and coastal bush.

Campsite overview


  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan
  • Mountain bike


  • Coastal


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • Dump station
  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
75 non-powered/tent sites


  • Diving and snorkelling
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

Seasonal restrictions

Opens labour weekend and closes after easter weekend

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

Dogs on a leash only

About this campsite

Facilities and services

  • Toilets are not provided - campers must provide or have access to a chemical toilet.
  • Dump stations are provided all season.
  • Rubbish bags are provided over the Christmas/New Year period. These are collected between 10 am and 10:30 am every second day.

Getting there

Turn off SH35 onto Anaura Road, about 67 km north of Gisborne. Travel a further 8.7 km down Anaura Road. 

Anaura Bay is north of Tolaga Bay and south of Tokomaru Bay.


NZTM2000 coordinates: E2064734, N5754983
Latitude: -38.2330462, Longitude: 178.30831797


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

Fees apply per person when occupied, or $15 when in use but left vacant of people.

Payments are taken by camp wardens on your arrival, which can only be made by credit or debit card (via eftpos). Plan the total days of your stay in advance to advise the warden so the correct payment can be made.


The DOC/NZMCA Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite except between the Friday before Christmas and the end of Waitangi weekend. In 2020/2021, this is 18 December 2020 to 9 February 2021.

Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.


Walking & tramping

Anaura Bay Walkway is located at the northern end of Anaura Bay. It is suitable for most ages and fitness levels and takes approx. 2 hours. Walk through coastal forest, grassed hillside and production pine forest. 

Other walks in the area include:

Know before you go


All fires require a permit - check with the local DOC Office for further information.


  • Pit toilets are not permitted.
  • Campers must provide a chemical toilet.
  • Chemical dump stations are provided in the campground over the Christmas/New Year period.
  • Use the first water tank tap to wash portable toilets.


Due to a limited water supply, campers are asked to conserve water at all times. We adivse that you boil water thoroughly for your own safety, or bring your own drinking water.


Rubbish facilities are provided over the Christmas/New Year period only. There will be a rubbish collection carried out. All refuge must be in rubbish bags which will be provided. Recycle items must be separated and placed in the recycling bins provided. All litter and rubbish must be removed prior to your departure.


Dogs are permitted but must be kept under strict control at all times and on leads. Pick up after your dog. Failure to look after your dog will result in the camp banning dogs and you could be asked to leave.

Driveway and vehicle access 

  • Don't block the driveway or vehicle access ways. 
  • Don't block other campers in – vehicles need to be able to exit easily from their camp area.

Quad bikes

Children are not permitted to ride quad bikes in the camp under any circumstances. Outside the camp is your responsibility but inside the camp is ours.


All by-products of your successful fishing must be returned to the sea, eg fish guts, scales, bones. No fish waste is permitted in the rubbish bins or toilet tanks.


Turanganui-a-Kiwa / Gisborne Office
Phone:   +64 6 869 0460
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   63 Carnarvon Street
Gisborne 4010
Postal Address:   PO Box 668
Gisborne 4040
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