Puriri Bay (Whangaruru North Head) Campsite
Located in Whangaruru North Head Scenic Reserve in the Northland region
IntroductionOverlooking the mouth of Whangaruru Harbour, this campsite has sheltered waters for swimming and boating activities, and a series of interconnected walks.
- Boat launching
- Non-powered/tent sites
- Shelter for cooking
- Shower - cold
- Toilets - non-flush
- Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
- Wheelchair accessible
- Walking and tramping
Fires are not permitted at any time. See fire rules on conservation land.
The campsite overlooks the mouth of Whangaruru Harbour.
View a map of the campsite zones (PDF, 1,100K)
Facilities and services
Camp hosts are on site from Labour Weekend to the end of April.
When camp hosts are not there the grass areas are blocked off. There's still hard ground parking available.
9 February to 25 December
- Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
- Child (5–17 years): $7.50 per night
- Infant (0–4 years): free
26 December to 8 February
- Adult (18+ years): $18 per night
- Child (5–17 years): $9 per night
- Infant (0–4 years): free
Pay when making an online booking, on arrival to the camp host, or at the self registration stand when there is no camp host on site.
The DOC Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite.
Campsite Pass bookings must be booked online before occupying a site. If you do not pre-book, bookings may be made by campground staff (if present) and will incur a $10 service charge.
Bookings are open for stays up to 30 June 2023.
Bookings for the 2023/24 season have been delayed. Check here on 14 June 2023 when we will announce the new booking opening dates.
All bookings operate on a first-come first-served basis. We do not operate waiting lists for bookings for future seasons, or currently booked-out facilities.
Bookings are required all year. Book well in advance for the peak period from 1 December - 28 February and for public holiday weekends.
A $10 service fee applies to phone and in-person booking. This is a limited service – book online first. An in-person booking is dependent on there being space available.
Your booking will be for your chosen site.
Check in and out times
- Check in from 2 pm
- Check out before 11 am
22 km north of Whangarei, turn off SH1, onto Russell Road. After about 30 km ( just north of Ngaiotonga) turn into Whangaruru North Road.
NZTM2000 coordinates: E1723562, 6085659
Latitude: -35.36473569, Longitude: 174.36010002
- Camp office hours are 7:30 am to 8 pm.
- Camp gates and barrier arms are locked from 9 pm to 7:30 am.
- Walking tracks pass through areas of regenerating bush and farm land – there are many wasps and wasp nests in this area.
- Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park and the Bay of Islands Maritime and Historic Park bylaws apply.
- Read the camp rules.
If you plan to enjoy the water, learn how to stay safe when swimming, boating and fishing.
Rubbish and recycling
This campsite operates a ‘pack in, pack out’ policy for waste. There will be no rubbish collection. This includes compost and recycling.
The closest rubbish facilities to the campsite are the Oakura Recycling Centre or Russell Transfer Station.
All drone use must be authorised by DOC
You must have a permit to fly a drone on public conservation land.
Walking and tramping
Whangaruru North Head walking tracks start from the campsite.
The sheltered waters are good for swimming, boating, etc.
|Puriri Bay Campsite Office|
|Phone:||+64 9 433 6160|
|Kauaeranga Visitor Centre|
|Phone:||+64 7 867 9080|
|Fax:||+64 4 471 1117|
995C Kauaeranga Valley Road
PO Box 343
|Full office details|