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.


A decision on when campsites will open for bookings for the 2019/20 summer will be made in March 2019. Check then for more information.



Campsite overview


  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan


  • Coastal


  • Category


  • Bookings

Bookings required


  • Boat launching
  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Shower - cold
  • Toilets
  • Water from tap
  • Wheelchair accessible
90 non-powered/tent sites


  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Walking and tramping

Seasonal restrictions

Vehicle access to the campsite is closed from Easter to Labour Weekend.

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

No dogs
  • 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

The campsite overlooks the mouth of Whangaruru Harbour.

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): $13 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $6.50 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free

Pay when making a booking, on arrival to the camp host, or at the self registration stand when there is no camp host on site.

Additional fees

Each campsite is required to pay an additional $2 to assist with the cost of recycling and disposal of residual waste.


The campsite pass for rental campervans cannot 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.


Bookings are recommended for the busy summer season.

Book online or contact:

Puriri Bay camp office
Phone: +64 9 433 6160

Before you book:

Changes or alterations to bookings could incur a $10 fee per change.

Puriri Bay is a popular campsite – give others a chance to stay here and only book one site per tent. 


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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