Maitai Bay

Image: Pierre Roudier


This is a scenic campsite in the Kaitaia area, popular with families and boaties. Camp in a sheltered bay with campsites nestled amongst beautiful pohutukawa trees.


Campsite overview


  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan


  • Coastal


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served


  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Shower - cold
  • Toilets - flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
  • Wheelchair accessible with assistance
100 non-powered/tent sites


  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Boating
  • Diving and snorkelling

Seasonal restrictions

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

No dogs
  • Stop kauri dieback and protect kauri
    • Kauri dieback disease is spread through soil.
    • Scrub soil off shoes and gear and check it's all removed before you go.
    • Use a cleaning station when you enter and leave.
    • Always stay on the track.

    How you can help save kauri

About this campsite

Getting there

Maitai Bay is located on the outer Karikari Peninsula, on Maitai Bay Road, about 44 km northeast of Kaitaia.

From Kaitaia, head north on SH1 until you reach Awanui, then turn right onto SH10. Continue on SH10 for 14.6 km, then turn left onto Inland Road. Continue along Inland Road for 15 km, then turn left onto Maitai Bay Rd and continue for 5 km. The Maitai Bay Campsite entrance is signposted on your right.

Note: You travel 2 km on a gravel road.


NZTM2000 coordinates: E1637275, N6145711
Latitude: -34.82958635, Longitude: 173.40807865


  • Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $7.50 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free

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.


Walk around the coast or relax on the picturesque white sandy beach.

Tracks and walks

The campsite is a handy starting point for some family friendly walks. Get stunning views from the Fig Tree Track or walk along the Maitai Bay Headland Track. Take a longer walk from Karikari beach to Rangiputa along the coastal marginal strip via the Karikari Bay Track.

Other activities

A day use area and boat launching facilities are available.

Enjoy diving, snorkelling and swimming at the beach, a short walk away from the campsite. Note: A rahui is in place so fishing is not permitted.

Explore historic sites.

Keep an eye out for endangered bird species like the New Zealand dotterel and oystercatcher. If you find a nesting area, do not disturb and take special care.

Cultural significance of the area

There are many areas of spiritual and cultural significance within the general vicinity of the camp. Of particular significance is the headland on Maitai Point between the two beaches that are accessible from the camp. Access around the rocks is permitted, but local iwi would prefer people stay away from the elevated parts of this point.

Know before you go

  • Mosquitoes prolific – take insect repellent.
  • No rubbish bins on site. During peak season December to February, rubbish is collected daily (as per council fees per bag - subject to change). At all other times, remove your rubbish. 'Take in, take out' policy. Food scraps attract vermin.
  • Nearest rubbish transfer station located at Whatuwhiwhi (1 km past the Whatuwhiwhi garage).

Northland reserve bylaws apply to Maitai Bay Recreation Reserve.

Boat access

The boat ramp access onto Merita beach is closed indefinitely. Pedestrian access is still available. Alternative boat ramp access points are at Tokerau beach, Perehipe Bay or Rangiputa.

No horses allowed at this campsite.


Te Hiku / Kaitaia Office
Phone:   +64 9 408 6014
Fax:   +64 9 408 6019
Address:   25 Matthews Ave
Kaitaia 0441
Postal Address:   PO Box 569
Kaitaia 0441
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