Tapotupotu Campsite

Tapotupotu Campsite

Aupouri Peninsula, Cape Reinga



140 Rankers Reviews

49 Face-to-Face

207 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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Adrian Tyrrell's avatar

Adrian Tyrrell

Ranking: 9/10

A really lovely campsite location with basic but usable facilities.
Warden was very helpful and also had a mini shop with basic provisions of you needed it.
Plenty of space for all sizes of camper/motorhome. Amazing to wake up to as a location.
Gravel track down was fine just take it slow.

Reviewed 21 days ago

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Orlane's avatar


Ranking: 2/10

Expensive regarding what it has to offer. 15$/person, cold water.
A lot of mosquitos

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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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 7 months ago

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 9 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 10 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 10 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 11 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 12 months ago

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