Maitai Bay Campsite

Maitai Bay Campsite

Karikari Peninsula


70 Rankers Reviews

21 Face-to-Face

18 Kaitaia


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Sunrise over Maitai Bay
Clear, sheltered Maitai Bay
Maitai Bay summer fun!!


DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

Swimming, boating, short walks and relaxing is about it at Maitai Bay - a beautiful far North campsite. A sheltered beach with private campsites is the way it rolls. You will not be disappointed!

Please note that the last few km's are on unsealed roads, but good enough for campervans. Please take your rubbish with you. The sites work on a first in first served basis.


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  • Basic Camping


Showing 8 reviews of 70.

Anna Swain's avatar

Anna Swain

Ranking: 8/10

DOC campsite at end of long drive. Two beautiful bays to walk and explore. White sand. We stayed in campervan at top site. As it is winter only a few sites that weren't boggy that could be used. Only us and 1 other van. Looks like they allow campers on lower site near toilet block. Resident DOC manger not friendly. Also some not very friendly locals who have access to drive on beach in very unroadworthy vehicles.

Reviewed 2 months ago

Belen Ramirez's avatar

Belen Ramirez


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing camping :) Lots of space, nice toilets and beautiful views! Without a doubt one of the highlights of my trip in Northlands :)

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Claudi's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

We stayed in June and liked it at the bottom park as we were the only ones there. Beautiful beach.
Had a flat tyre in the morning (Sunday of course) and the local guy at the campside hut was not helpful giving us info where we can get tyre fixed. Found a real great guy on main road and he works 7 days a week. His sign is right outside. Warren 0277489402. Job done!

Reviewed 4 months ago

Adam's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Epic place to stay, facilities are lacking but are as described. One of the long drops / showers was filled with flies so we used another one of the other facilities on site. We stayed here over waitangi weekend and had no issues.

Reviewed 9 months ago

Olivia's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

We tried staying here but when we arrived found that it was fully booked! It looked beautiful.
It is accessed by a semi short gravel road. We did it with our caravan and it was slow going.

When we got here they referred us to an other DOC campsite 1.5 hours away, which they knew had room.
It would be better if there was a booking system or direct number to call. It would have saved us a good 1hr+ drive.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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James's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Amazingly clear water two beautiful bays easily accessible from campsite.
Complete recycling setup however require payment for dumping / collection of rubbish. Showers and toilet nice however composite toilets had excessive flies.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Crystal's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful grounds; lots of space, clean bathrooms. Cold shower only, which we didnt see but its winter so we didn't look, either. Staff person was polite and friendly. Would recommend, & return. On your way, gravel road.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Kate B's avatar

Kate B

Ranking: 10/10

We stayed in July in a campervan. Didn’t book and there was plenty of space. So pleased we found this place. Great facilities and what a beach/beaches. Highly recommend.

Reviewed over 1 year 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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Nick Morrison

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