Wharekāpu/Paxton Point Conservation Area
Located in the Northland region
IntroductionWharekāpu/Paxton Point Conservation Area is home to sandy white beaches, popular Rarawa campsite and many recreation opportunities.
Find things to do and places to stay Wharekāpu/Paxton Point Conservation Area
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.
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.
Rarawa beach is a popular fishing spot. There are surf casting opportunities from the beach.
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.
Take a day trip to Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga).
Walk along the stunning Te Paki Coastal Track.
From Kaitaia follow SH1 north for approximately 50 km. Pass through Ngataki and then turn right into Rarawa Beach road.
- Day parking for Rarawa beach is located just outside the camp ground.
- Mosquitoes are prolific – take insect repellent.
If you plan to enjoy the water, learn how to stay safe when swimming, boating and fishing.
The Rarawa beach is a popular surfing spot. The exposed beach break may be treacherous so take care in the water.