Tapotupotu Campsite

Tapotupotu Campsite

Aupouri Peninsula, Cape Reinga



143 Rankers Reviews

49 Face-to-Face

190 Basic Camping

18 Kaitaia



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.


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Kris's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Stayed for just one night. Pretty basic campsite. Clean longdrops and one tap for unfiltered water. Plenty of room for campers. The beach is gorgeous. No cell service.

Reviewed 9 days ago

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Sarah Coughlan

Ranking: 9/10

One of our favourite Doc campsites, parked up our camper with views of the sea. Great access from here to coastal walks with incredible views, could see to the Cape Reinga Lighthouse. We even saw a pod of 8 dolphins from our headland walk. Magical location.

Reviewed 13 days ago

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Alice's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

This place is magic! Stayed here in camper with 2 and 4 year old. Beach was awesome with the additive of the side river bit. Great at high and low tide! Toilets are long drops but didn't smell at all. We had no mozzies yay! The manager was there and we were able to pay by eftpos which was a bonus. Great view of the beach right from our camper. Love, loved it!!!!!!!

Reviewed 6 months ago

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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 8 months 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 8 months ago

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 about 1 year 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 over 1 year ago

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 over 1 year ago

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Nick Morrison

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