Fishing at Rarawa Beach, Northland

Image: Justine Sanderson

Introduction

This is a scenic campsite in the Kaitaia area. With a stunning white sandy beach right on your doorstep. Rarawa is your own slice of Far North paradise, so come relax and enjoy.

Campsite overview

Access

  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan

Landscape

  • Coastal

Category

  • Category
Scenic

Bookings

  • Bookings

Bookings not required - first come, first served

Facilities

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

Activities

  • Bird and wildlife watching
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

Seasonal restrictions

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit for recreational hunting or management purposes only
  • Help stop kauri dieback
    • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
    • Clean your footwear and gear before and after visiting kauri forest.

    How you can help save kauri

About this campsite

Camp along a river bank nestled amongst trees a stone's throw away from Rarawa’s beautiful white sandy beach.

Getting there

Rarawa Beach is located in the Paxton Point Conservation Area at Te Paki.

From Kaitaia follow State Highway 1 north. The turn-off from SH 1 is signposted, 3 kilometres north of Ngataki.

Access: 4 km of gravel road.

Location

NZTM2000 coordinates: E1607538-N6157437
Latitude: -34.72511375, Longitude: 173.08233232

Fees

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

The campsite pass for rental campervans can 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.

Activities

If you're not camping, you can come for the day, bring a picnic and enjoy the picturesque surroundings. Day parking located just outside the camp ground.

Bird and wildlife watching

Rarawa Beach is a good example of a natural dune system containing native sand binding pingao and spinifex plants. Each year Rarawa Beach plays host to the Northern New Zealand dotterel and variable oystercatcher during their breeding season. Shorebird breeding season takes place between August and March each year. This coincides with the camp's busy summer period.

During nesting season, if you come across a shore bird nest, do not disturb, and keep away from the area. Let other people around the camp know so more people are aware.

Friends of Rarawa Beach community group, with support from Northland Regional Council's coast care programme, is working hard to improve the dunes and look after the dotterels through a dune planting and trapping regime alongside local schools.

Places to visit

Take a day trip to Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga).

Swimming

At high tide enjoy swimming in the lagoon, or go for a dip in the ocean.

Other popular activities include, fishing, kayaking and all types of water activities. 

Due to the exposed beach, breaks may be treacherous so take care in the water.

Tracks and walks

Take the short Rarawa Beach Walk through the campground and along the access track to the beach.

Walk along the stunning Te Paki Coastal Track.

Know before you go

  • Always thoroughly clean your equipment (cars / shoes / camping gear etc.) before and after trips to minimise spreading invasive pests, weeds and diseases.
  • Houhora, located 10 minutes south of Rarawa campsite has amenities such as a dairy, petrol station, dive tank refill facilities and a refuse transfer station.
  • 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.
  • Mosquitoes prolific – take insect repellent.
  • The exposed beach break may be treacherous so take care in the water.
  • Serviced by DOC rangers daily from early December to Easter.
  • 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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