Kapowairua Campsite

(Spirits Bay Campsite)

Kapowairua Campsite

Te Paki Recreation Reserve, Cape Reinga


60 Rankers Reviews

29 Face-to-Face

11 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 8 reviews of 58.

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 4 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 10 months ago

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Bluescruize's avatar


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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 12 months 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 over 1 year ago

Robo's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Awesome spot great beach.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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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 about 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 about 2 years ago

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 about 2 years ago

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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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Nick Morrison

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