Introduction

Camp in a picturesque setting in beautiful Pandora bay. Only accessible on foot and with minimal facilities, this is the spot for those seeking a true wilderness experience.

Campsite overview

Access

  • Boat
  • Foot

Landscape

  • Coastal

Category

  • Category
Basic

Bookings

  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served

Facilities

  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Toilets
  • Water from tap
30 non-powered/tent sites

Activities

  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Diving and snorkelling
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit for recreational hunting or management purposes only
  • Help stop kauri dieback

    Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

    • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
    • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forest.

About this campsite

Just around the corner from Kapowairua (Spirits Bay) and the outstanding Waitahora Lagoon, this is a stunning spot for an overnight getaway or as part of the scenic Te Paki Coastal Track.

Getting there

Pandora is located on the northern coastline of the Far North.

From Kaitaia head north on State Highway 1. Follow signposts for Cape Reinga. As you near Cape Reinga, a carpark and signage is located on the right-hand side of the road. From the carpark, it's about a two-hour walk along a well-formed track to the campground.

Alternatively, you can access the campsite via the Te Paki Coastal Track from Taputaputa or Kapowairua (Spirit's Bay).

Location

Latitude: -34.43729006, Longitude: 172.71650796

Fees

Free

  • Serviced by DOC rangers occasionally
  • Self-registration during off-peak period

Bookings

No bookings – first come/first served.

Activities

Indulge yourself with a stroll along the beach, listen to the waves and local wildlife while enjoying the scenery.

Waitahora Lagoon is only a walking distance from Pandora campsite.

Tracks & walks

Before setting out contact the DOC Kaitaia office for an update on the condition of the tracks.

Pandora forms part of the Te Paki Coastal Track. Self- sufficient camping is available.

Know before you go

  • Mosquitoes prolific – take insect repellent.
  • Always thoroughly clean your equipment (cars / shoes / camping gear etc.) before and after trips to minimise spreading invasive pests, weeds, and diseases.
  • Water from tap is rainwater, so the available water supply is subject to rainfall
  • No fires at any time. 'Contained flame' (gas) barbeques and cookers are fine, but not open flames or fires.
  • No fireworks at any time.
  • No rubbish bins on site. Remove your rubbish. 'Take in, take out' policy. Food scraps attract vermin.
  • Nearest rubbish transfer station is at Houhora.
  • Read the camp rules.

Contacts

Kaitaia Office
Phone:   +64 9 408 6014
Fax:   +64 9 408 6019
Email:   kaitaia@doc.govt.nz
Address:   25 Matthews Ave
Kaitaia 0441
Postal Address:   PO Box 569
Kaitaia 0441
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