Totaranui early morning
Image: Samuel Mann | Creative Commons


Camp next to the clear waters and golden sands of Totaranui beach at the northern end of the Abel Tasman National Park. It's a great place to relax on the beach, swim, kayak, fish or explore native bush on one of the nearby tracks.

Campsite overview


  • Boat
  • Car
  • Campervan
  • Caravan


  • Coastal


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Boat launching
  • Campfires permitted (except in fire bans)
  • Dump station
  • Shower - cold
  • Water from tap
269 non-powered/tent sites


  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Mountain biking
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

Seasonal restrictions

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 days with no maximum stay restriction. 

Fires are permitted if there is no regional fire ban in place. Check for fire bans on the Rural Fire Authority website.

Dog access

No dogs

About this campsite

This is a large campground next to Totaranui beach and backed by an estuary. You can access the Abel Tasman Coastal Track from here.

Campsite details

Totaranui 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.

Totaranui 'Ngarata' Homestead functions as an education centre and may be booked for private stays when not used by school groups.

Facilities and services

Camp office

Open from Labour Weekend to mid-April 8 am to 11.30 am. 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 and cooking

Fires are only allowed in the fireplaces provided, and bbqs must only be lit in areas adjacent to fireplaces. Gas cookers may be used outside these areas.

Rubbish and recycling

Rubbish collection and recycling is available for campground users including Abel Tasman Coast Track walkers.

A dump station is available for campground users only. For day visitors, the closest dump station is in Takaka. See the Automobile Association website for other dump stations.

Getting there

By car

It takes about two and a half hours to drive to Totaranui 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 Totaranui. 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.

By boat

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 Totaranui takes about two hours.

The following Abel Tasman water transport operators provide services to carry campers and their gear to and from Totaranui:


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1600414, N5481379
Latitude: -40.81860657, Longitude: 173.00490919


1 October – 30 April

  • Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $7.50 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free
  • From 22 December to 8 February: minimum fee $30 per night, and minimum stay of three days with no maximum stay restriction


  • Full payment is required at the time of booking.

1 May – 30 September

  • Adult (18+ years): $13 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $6.50 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free


  • Register and pay your fees at the camp office on arrival before you set up your campsite.
  • When the camp office is closed, register and pay your fees at the registration booth outside the camp office.
  • If you don't register at the office or self-register you may be charged a 100% penalty fee.


  • 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 are available until 30 June 2018.
  • Bookings for 1 November 2017 – 30 April 2018 opened on 1 August 2017 at 11am

Book online or contact:

Totaranui Campground
Phone: +64 3 528 8083
Fax: +64 3 528 4128

Before you book:


Below are some suggested ways to spend your time if you are:

Passing through

  • Cool off with a swim or snorkle in the clear waters at Totaranui beach or take the kids for a swim in the safe waters of the estuary when the tide is in.
  • Explore one of the several short walks in the area such as the Puketea Walk. This 30 minute botannical ramble takes you through some superb native bush, the only part of Totaranui to escape fire and axe during the days of farming development.


  • Take one of the longer walks in the area such as the Headlands Track. This 1 hour walk offers great views over Totaranui.
  • If you are visiting in the winter months, go mountain biking on the Gibbs Hill Track from 1 May - 1 October. The track is 10 km one way from Totaranui to Wainui.

Several days or more

  • Totaranui is ideal for water activities, so bring your kayak and explore the estuary. Or bring your boat and go waterskiing or head out to find a perfect fishing spot.  
  • Walk south along the coast to Goat Bay and on to Awaroa, where you can have a leisurely lunch at the Awaroa Lodge, then walk or catch a boat back to Totaranui.
  • Children can earn a free Toyota Kiwi Guardians medal. 

In the area

The nearest shops are in the settlement of Pohara, a 25 minute drive away. Pohara has a shop, takeways 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 1.5 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.

Know before you go

When to visit

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:

  • Golden Bay A & P Show – held at the Golden Bay Recreational Park, Park Ave, Takaka in mid-January.

Know before you go

  • Mobile coverage is patchy at Totaranui. The Vodafone and 2degrees networks currently receive the best coverage.
  • Checkout is 11 am in the Totaranui Campground. 


Totaranui Campground
Phone: +64 3 528 8083
Address: 62 Commercial Street
PO Box 166
Takaka 7142
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