Tapotupotu Campsite

Tapotupotu Campsite

Aupouri Peninsula, Cape Reinga



138 Rankers Reviews

49 Face-to-Face

175 Basic Camping

20 Kaitaia



Tapotupotu Bay
what a campsite


DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

This place is amazing and so worth the visit. This is the northern most campsite in New Zealand. Relax on the stunning sandy beaches, swim, snorkel, surf or walk the Cape Reinga Coastal Walkway.

During the peak summer periods there is a manager on site, in the off season you just check your self in.

Be aware that this is a basic campsite and there are no shops on site, so be organised. The roads are unsealed from Waitiki Landing with some steep sections. Please take your rubbish with you.

Mosquitoes prolific – take insect repellent and get ready for the cold showers! Enjoy - you will.


Feature Value Info


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  • Basic Camping





  • Unpowered Campsite

    Number of tent sites - 45. Tapotupotu campsite is a wilderness camping area accessible by road with minimal facilities.

    Adult $15/day
    Child $7.50/day


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Emma's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Stayed 14/7/9 Lovely scenic beach by Cape Reinga with clean toilets and cold showers. Toilets were clean but it was $13pp - make sure you have some cash. Ranger comes in once a day.

Reviewed 4 months ago

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Kate's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Lovely scenic little site on the beach. Quite exposed so was windy when we were there. 2 or 3 long drops and some running water but not drinking. We paid $26 for 2 people

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Kerik's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Good campsite on the beach but it was very busy when we were there. The campsite was crammed full every night. If there is a breeze the mosquitos are not to bad at night and we could leave the windows of our van open. Bring lots of water and food as the site is very far from a town. We did the hike to Cape Reinga which is 5km (one way) and took us 3 hours (return). The hike was amazing. It was hard but the views were incredible and well worth it. The cost of the campsite was $13 per person per night which didn’t align with the review of the site.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Jeff's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful campsite with clean drop toilets. The view is stunning. Note: it is more expensive than listed on the app. It was $13 per person. Still a great stay

Reviewed 7 months ago

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JT's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

8$ is not up to Date. now it is scenic and you have to pay 13$ pp. but nothing else changed. close to the beach.

Reviewed 8 months ago

Kristen's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Large camping area that filled up quite a bit throughout the evening. Two toilet blocks (non-flushing) that were relatively clean. Two cold showers available. There are water taps available but needs to be boiled before consuming.
Pretty beach with nice views but frankly it's expensive for what you get.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Andy and Julia

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

A large, family run camping ground next to Cape Reinga, right next to the beach. It’s down a gravel road so take care. We paid $26 for 2 people in a camper, which we thought was a little excessive. I guess they make the most out of being so close to a tourist attraction. Drop toilets and outside cold showers, but all were clean. Was a pleasant night, great for stargazing, just a little pricy.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Michael S

Ranking: 5/10

Wespen, Wespen und noch mehr Wespen! Wahnsinn! Wir kamen nach langer Fahrt hier an. Meldeten uns beim Ranger in seinem Wohnwagen an, 13 Dollar pro Person. Plumpsklo und kalte Duschen vorhanden. Keine Waschbecken zum Hände/Zähne putzen. Toiletten war sehr dreckig und haben gestunken.
Als es dunkel wurde und die Wespen endlich weg waren, kamen die Mosquitos, waren so gut wie gar nicht draußen vorm Camper, sonst tolle Location direkt am Strand in ruhiger Bucht!

Reviewed 9 months ago

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