Kapowairua (Spirits Bay) Campsite...

Kapowairua (Spirits Bay) Campsite

Te Paki Recreation Reserve, Cape Reinga



52 Rankers Reviews

29 Face-to-Face

69 Basic Camping

9 Kaitaia




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





  • Unpowered Campsite

    Number of tent sites - 45.

    Adult $8/day
    Child $4/day


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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 3 days 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 5 months 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 6 months 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 8 months ago

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Stefan Beiner


Ranking: 10/10

Really loved this site. A bit of a drive on gravel but once reached the site, it was great. The toilets are absolutely ok for DOC, there is water (which needs to be boiled for consumption) and cold showers which we didn’t try.
The scenery is stunning and after dark, the stars were beautiful to watch given there were no electric lights around.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Lizzie's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Pretty good for price as only $7.50 per person but no hot shower only cold. Good for if your up by the cape and need a night stop over.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Georgia Gray

Ranking: 6/10

Beautiful location, beach is private and gorgeous. Road is a little bit of a pain and camp site could have more trees. Bathroom facilities were clean and heaps of choice on where to pitch your tent.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Mikayla Candido

Ranking: 10/10

Clean toilets. Clean showers. Campground is immaculate. Perfect beach and river alongside which is really calm and perfect place to relax. (You have to check out this water. It’s crystal clear and absolutely stunning.) Plenty of spaces and ranger was very friendly.
Super close to Cape Reinga. Short hike but we decided to drive as a lot of the hike is uphill and it was a really hot day.
Would highly recommend.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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