Kapowairua (Spirits Bay) Campsite...

Kapowairua (Spirits Bay) Campsite

Te Paki Recreation Reserve, Cape Reinga



55 Rankers Reviews

29 Face-to-Face

96 Basic Camping

14 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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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 7 months ago

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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 8 months 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 8 months 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 11 months 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 over 1 year ago

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