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.


  • Maitai Bay Campsite and Headland Track closed

    Maitai Bay Campsite and the Headland Track are closed and there is no access to the campground for parking.

    First published on 10 September 2021. Last reviewed on 11 April 2022.


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DOC Northland

Central government organisation


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  • Basic Camping


Showing 13 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 9 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 11 months ago

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 11 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 over 1 year ago

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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 over 1 year ago

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 over 1 year 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 almost 2 years 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 almost 2 years ago

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Critta's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

A beautiful slice of heaven. Came on Easter weekend with a lot of locals enjoying their break. What a courteous bunch to camp with 👍👍

Reviewed about 3 years ago

Rachel's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Spent a lovely couple of days here. There was lots of space and plenty of trees to find shade under, the beautiful bay and good clean facilities (flush toilet and cold shower). Paid $13 pppn for a tent pitch.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Lauren Glass's avatar

Lauren Glass

Ranking: 10/10

One of the most beautiful beaches I have seen in New Zealand. Beautifully maintained spacious site and great facilities.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Anton Gordon

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Great location and a lovely beach. The facilitys were tidy and well spread through the site.

I almost had an issue when the ranger came round to check everyone had paid (as there was nobody in the office) as she had no idea about the campsite passes and started making out as if that was my fault! In the end she begrudgingly excepted that it might be something she needed to learn more about and went on her way

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Amul's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Nice big campsite and plenty of space. Basic toilets, cold showers outside. The beaches here are stunning and worth a visit.

Reviewed almost 4 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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Cymen Crick