Whangaruru campsite, Puriri Bay

Image: Brandon Koger


Overlooking the mouth of Whangaruru Harbour, this campsite has sheltered waters for swimming and boating activities, and a series of interconnected walks.



Campsite overview


  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan


  • Coastal


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Boat launching
  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Shelter for cooking
  • Shower - cold
  • Toilets - non-flush
  • Water from tap - not treated, boil before use
  • Wheelchair accessible
90 non-powered/tent sites


  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

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

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 (fourth Monday in October) to the first Saturday after Easter.

Getting there

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


  • Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $7.50 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/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.

To pay with your NZMCA pass, create/update your account on our booking system. Under 'Apply for a discount', select 'NZMCA Pass Holder' and upload a scan of your pass. Once we've verified your pass, it will be automatically applied when you make a booking.

Backcountry Hut Passes cannot be used at this campsite.


2020/2021 bookings

Bookings are open for stays from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.

Bookings are required all year. Book well in advance for the busy summer season.

Book Puriri Bay (Whangaruru North Head) Campsite online.

A $10 service fee applies to all phone, email and in-person bookings.

Your booking will be for your chosen site.


Walking and tramping

Whangaruru North Head walking tracks start from the campsite.

Water activities

The sheltered waters are good for swimming, boating, etc.

Know before you go


Whangarei Office
Phone:   +64 9 470 3300
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   whangarei@doc.govt.nz
Address:   2 South End Ave
Whangarei 0110
Postal Address:   PO Box 842
Whangarei 0140
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