From 22 December – 8 February there is a minimum charge of $30 per site per night and bookings must be for a minimum of 3 nights and a maximum of 14 nights.
Fires are permitted if there is no regional fire ban in place. Check for fire bans on the Fire Emergency New Zealand Authority website.
This is a large campground next to Tōtaranui beach and backed by an estuary. You can access the Abel Tasman Coastal Track from here.
Tōtaranui is a large campground catering for up to 850 people. Sites are across the camp road from the beach and alongside the estuary. Camping is available on the beach side of the camp road for Abel Tasman Coast Track walkers only.
The campground is divided into 23 zones separated by shelter belts, with six modern amenities blocks spread throughout.
All sites are unpowered and vehicle accessible. No specific areas can be reserved or places held for campers still to arrive.
Tōtaranui 'Ngarata' Homestead functions as an education centre and may be booked for private stays when not used by school groups.
Open from Labour Weekend to mid-April 8 am to 4 pm. Outside these dates it is open 8 am to 11.30 am.
It displays orientation maps, camp notices and transport information. It also sells items including insect repellent, stamps, postcards, phone cards, gas canisters, candles, ice, sunscreen and snack items.
There is a pay phone that takes Spark phone cards only.
Fires, including solid fuel BBQ’s are only to be used in the fireplaces provided, bring your own firewood, it is no longer sold at the office.
Gas cookers and BBQ’s may be used outside these areas.
Tōtaranui Campground is part of Abel Tasman National Park and you must ‘Pack In, Pack Out’ by removing your own rubbish. From 2018 you will be responsible for managing your own rubbish and recycling. The camp is aiming for zero waste by 2025.
Tasman District Council rubbish bags are available from all the main supermarkets and will be sold at the camp office. Campers will be responsible for providing their own rubbish bin to protect their bags from scavenging birds. The nearest transfer station is at 45 Scott Road, off Abel Tasman Drive, a 40 minute drive from Tōtaranui on the way to Takaka - view a map.
Food scraps will be collected for composting by staff daily. Fish waste and shells must be returned to the sea. Keep food out of rubbish bags to reduce smell, pests and litter - this will make the experience much better for everyone at Tōtaranui.
Ideas for minimising waste before you come:
It takes about two and a half hours to drive to Tōtaranui from Nelson. Take SH6 south out of Nelson and turn onto SH60 (the Coastal Highway) once past Richmond. Follow SH60 over the Takaka Hill to Takaka.
From Takaka follow signs to Pohara and Tata Beach, which will lead you past the Abel Tasman Memorial and onto Tōtaranui. The last 12 km is a narrow, winding, unsealed road.
The gate at the camp entrance is locked overnight.
1 October to 31 March opening times: 7.30 am to 8.30 pm
1 April to 30 September opening times: 7.30 am to 6.30 pm
A bus service operates seasonally.
Daily water taxi services operate from Kaiteriteri, Marahau and many of the beaches in the Abel Tasman National Park. The boat ride from Marahau, the southern end of the Abel Tasman Coastal Track, to Tōtaranui takes about two hours.
See commercial operators for Abel Tasman National Park for a list of water transport operators who can provide services to carry campers and their gear to and from Tōtaranui.
NZTM2000 coordinates: E1600414, N5481379
Latitude: -40.81860657, Longitude: 173.00490919
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.
Below are some suggested ways to spend your time if you are:
The nearest shops are in the settlement of Pohara, a 25 minute drive away. Pohara has a shop, takeaways and a good choice of cafes.
Takaka is the nearest town (45 min away) and has a supermarket, petrol stations, information centre, banks, cafes and restaurants, museum, art and craft galleries and a movie theatre.
Awaroa Lodge is a 2.5–3 hour walk south on the Abel Tasman Coast Track or a short boat ride away, and is open daily with both a cafe and restaurant.
The busiest period is between Christmas and mid-February and is a popular time for families with children. Advance bookings are essential. Mid-February through to Easter is a good option – the days are still long but there are generally fewer people.
Time your visit to coincide with local events: