Port Jackson campsite

Image: Herb Christophers | ©

Introduction

At the northern tip of the Peninsula, this campsite is at the water’s edge next to the beach. At the eastern end of the campsite, the Muriwai Coastal Walk leads up the headland towards Wharekaiatua Pa and along the coast, with stunning coastal views.

Campsite overview

Access

  • Campervan
  • Car
  • Caravan

Landscape

  • Coastal

Category

  • Category
Scenic

Bookings

  • Bookings

Bookings required

Facilities

  • BBQ
  • Non-powered/tent sites
  • Shelter for cooking
  • Shower - cold
  • Toilets
  • Water from tap
113 non-powered/tent sites

Activities

  • Boating
  • Diving and snorkelling
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking and canoeing
  • Swimming

Seasonal restrictions

Fires are not permitted at any time.

Dog access

No dogs

About this campsite

  • Number of tent/caravan/motorhome sites - 113
  • Maximum number of people - 450

View a map of campsite zones (PDF, 2,064K)

Facilities and services

Camp office

The camp office is staffed during the peak summer season, generally from 9 am to 11 am and from 2 pm to 5 pm. Eftpos is available at the camp office.

During the off-peak season the office hours vary and may close for some periods. If arriving without an online booking, ensure you have the correct cash amount in case the self-registration is operating.

A public pay phone is located on the main road outside the camp. 

Rubbish and recycling

This campground is Pack In Pack Out. There are no rubbish or recycling facilities except for composting or worm farms to assist in the disposal of food waste only. 

The closest refuse transfer station is 525 Hauraki Road, Coromandel Town. See Thames Coromandel District Council website for opening hours and other transfer stations.

Getting there

58 km north of Coromandel.

From Coromandel take the Colville Road for 22 km until the Whangaahei Junction, then turn left and follow the Port Jackson Road for 28 km until you get to Fantail Bay. From Fantail Bay follow the road for a futher 8 km.

Access: Unsealed road from Colville.

Location

NZTM2000 coordinates: E1809781, N5959816
Latitude: -36.48400698, Longitude: 175.34180112

Fees

  • Adult (18+ years): $13 per night
  • Child (5 - 17 years): $6.50 per night
  • Infant (0 - 4 years): free

Passes

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

Bookings should preferably be completed online; phone and email bookings will attract a service fee.

Changes and additions to bookings will incur a fee up to $10 per alteration.

The maximum stay is 14 consecutive days (21 consecutive days from 20 December to 8 February) followed by a minimum 7 day break before returning.

Activities

Walking and tramping

The stunning coastal Muriwai walk leaves Port Jackson at the northern end of the beach.

Water activities

Port Jackson has a lovely sweeping golden sandy beach and is ideal for swimming, boating, kayaking, fishing and diving.

Know before you go

Vehicle access: campground gates are closed from 8 pm to 7:30 am.

Arrival/departure times: check-in from 2–7 pm – register with the office on arrival. Leave campsites before 11 am - you're welcome to continue using the camp facilities for the rest of the day but must leave your site and move your vehicle.

Parking: one vehicle per site - space is limited.

Boats storage/access: boats over 5 metres in the campground are discouraged - space is limited. Water access from the campground isn't guaranteed.

Water is from a stream and should be boiled or treated before drinking.

To protect our native wildlife, and for your and your fellow campers' enjoyment of this peaceful campground:

No fires/fireworks.

No dogs or other domestic animals (cats, birds etc.).

No devices with a naked flame including califonts. Only gas cookers, fridge/freezers and lanterns may be used.

No unsociable behaviour and excessive noise.

No chainsaws, compressors, generators and amplifiers. Generators may be used at Campground Manager discretion.

Make sure you also read the campground rules.

Contacts

Port Jackson campsite
Phone: +64 7 866 6932
Email:
portjacksoncampground@doc.govt.nz
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