Kapowairua Campsite

(Spirits Bay Campsite)

Kapowairua Campsite

Te Paki Recreation Reserve, Cape Reinga


61 Rankers Reviews

29 Face-to-Face

9 Kaitaia


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This is the perfect place to go fishing and swimming! The Kapowairua Camping Ground is situated close to the beach and the lagoon.


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  • Basic Camping


Showing 13 reviews of 59.

Leet's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Winter review:
Arrived early July along a 13KM gravel road in and had the entire place to ourselves
What a beautiful spot
Sprawling grass site with picturesque rolling hills as a backdrop dotted by horses now & again through our stay
Modern & clean amenities (drop toilet & showers)
Blanket of stars at night
Spirits Bay itself was a beautiful, most peaceful & magical place a short stroll away.

Reviewed 17 days ago

Dan's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Interesting place to say the least. Given its history in Maori legend we found it a bit eery. Had a strange experience on our second night with a local who had been fishing after dark approached us saying he had a flat tire and if we had seen anyone near his car. Given it was only us and one other campervan it was a bit unsettling. He then proceeded to sit there for almost an hour flashing his light in all directions before slowly driving off. Probably wouldn't stay again

Reviewed 10 months ago

chels's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great spot to camp. Lovely whanau at the front gate.
Pull up pay,and park up where ever you want.
Clean toilets and showers.
The beach is amazing. Great sunsets.
Will definately be back.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Bluescruize's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Loved this spot, came for one night and decided to stay for two. Went for a bit of a hike. Cold showers but they were great considering how hot it was. Dirt road in but well worth it!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Sarah Coughlan

Ranking: 8/10

Stunning location. 15 km gravel Road in.
Not direct beach front but a short walk in to a huge stretch of sandy White Beach. Access from here to outstanding headland walks, views even across to Cape Reinga.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Robo's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Awesome spot great beach.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Adam's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Awesome spacious campsite even on Christmas Eve. Beautiful scenery of mountains, ocean and horses. Facilities were basic but at a good standard....cold showers and drop toilets.

Downside was the midgies (sandflies) but still totally worth it.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Marie's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful place. Short way to the beach and a river. 13$ per adult, 6.50$ per child. Toilets were ok. Showers and taps were dirty. But the location makes it all up!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Feija's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful campsite! The rock near the hill looks like a head or something.. Very nice!

One thing.. Watch out for the hundreds of mosquitos!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Lidia's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Fabulous spot. Plenty of space, very tidy.
Cold running water. Clean toilets.
Amazing beach.
Perfect place for relaxing time.
$13 per person.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Simon Mehana.

Ranking: 10/10

A really great place as always, the scenery was as unique as it was a full blown photo. The hosts, Kitty and her daughters were really marvelous. The cold showers were one sure way of waking you up to a crisp and beautiful day. Highly recommend Kapowairua to other campers. I remember my dad took us there as he is locally from TeHapua. Thank you to DOC and the hosts for a lovely easter weekend retreat.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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jennifer guertler


Ranking: 10/10

Very nice and beautiful beach, closed to the campingsite (3 minutes walk). Be careful of some sandflies at the campsite, not on the beach. Toilets and showers are clean. Apart from the sandflies, the place is highly recommended: view of wild horses, around it all is green, fine sandy beach, few surfers and fishermen (end of March). Note: If you see jellyfish on the beach with blue threads, do not go into the water! We inquired, they are 'poisonous' they are burning. But is rarely the case, depending on how the flow from Australia.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Paul Smith

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Well worth the gravel drive. Beautiful setting and very few people.Bags of room for everyone to find a peaceful spot.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

DOC Managed

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Cymen Crick

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