Camp Sites

We have some great camp grounds in our rohe including Kapowairua (Spirits Bay) Tapotupotu and Conservation  sites.

Birds eye view of Kapowairua (Spirits Bay). You can see the campsite in the upper middle of the photo

Kapowairua (Spirits Bay) Tapotupotu

Located in the Te **** Recreation Reserve and Rarawa Beach

Campsite Fees:
$15 adult/night, $7.50 child/night (5-17 years).


  • Number of tent sites – 45 each
  • Rarawa – 65 tent sites


  • 16 km of gravel from Waitiki Landing
  • No rubbish bins on site. December to February, rubbish is collected daily. At all other times, please remove your rubbish. A rubbish transfer station is at Houhora.
  • Mosquitoes prolific – take insect repellent


  • Water from tap
  • Toilets
  • Showers (cold)

More information on this and other local camp sites is available from the Dept. of Conservation site »


Conservation Campsites

You can drive to most Conservation Campsites and boat-in to some. Each Conservation Campsite is unique but the facilities and services provided at campsites are divided into categories: Serviced, Standard, Backcountry, Basic.
Fees are charged according to the campsite category and the level of facilities and services provided.

  • No bookings – first come/first served
  • Serviced by DOC rangers daily peak season
  • Self-registration during off-peak period
  • Back-country hut pass does not apply
  • Campervan access / eligible for NZMCA pass


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