Rarawa Beach Campsite

Rarawa Beach Campsite

Paxton Point Conservation Area



20 Rankers Reviews

5 Face-to-Face

290 Basic Camping

29 Kaitaia



Rarawa Campsite - Paxton Point Conservation Area


Rarawa Beach Camping Ground is situated just behind the beach. Get you own spot nestled in amongst the trees. The beach can be quite dangerous due to it's exposed nature, so take care while swimming. The last part of the road to get here is gravel. There is a rubbish disposal at the Houhora rubbish station which is serviced by DOC rangers everyday during the paek season.


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  • Basic Camping





  • Unpowered Campsite

    Number of tent sites - 65. No bookings – first come/first served. Self-registration during off-peak period

    Adult $8/day
    Child $4/day


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Georgia's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Good spot if you are going to the Cape Reinga lighthouse. Not much there and probably a bit expensive for a DOC campsite, but on a nice day the beach is nice.

Reviewed 7 months ago and experienced in February 2019

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Sabine's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Unique location at a beach with incredible white sand. We loved the waves! Safe swimming in the stream is possible. The facilities are basic as expected with a basic DOC site. Acceptable drop toilets and cold showers. Bring your own water and food. $26 for two persons.

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Charlie's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

DOC website mentions mozzies, but picked a windy night to be here and they weren't a problem. $13/night, decent facilities. Unsealed metal road to access is in great shape. Open sites and some shaded/more private ones too; saw a few folks with hammocks set up. Lots of birdsong. Lovely.

Reviewed 8 months ago

Sarah's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

Great location by the beach. It is very very busy in summer, to the point that there was no water available at the campsite. Almost nowhere to camp

Reviewed 9 months ago

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A Brad in a van

Ranking: 5/10

Completely abandoned on a sunny Thursday night, late November, except for one middle aged couple in a rental van. $13 per night, per person for no facilities, save a few toilet blocks and a cold water shower. Lots of level ground and obviously very private.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Colin Ford

Ranking: 8/10

Wonderful location with equally wonderful and friendly rangers.
Remember to take drinking water as water on-site needs to be boiled first.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Mark Haydon


Ranking: 8/10

Basic as expected, but drop loos we're acceptable. Also good, clean, cold shower cubicles.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Harriet Smith

Ranking: 8/10

Clean facilities (long drop toilets, cold showers, running water - not potable). Lovely location.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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