Stony Bay Campsite

Stony Bay Campsite - Northern Coromandel

Stony Bay Campsite

Northern Coromandel


19 Rankers Reviews

10 Face-to-Face

14 Coromandel Town


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The walk from Stony Bay to Fletchers Bay
Stony Bay Recreation Reserve


DOC campsite, small fee, basic facilities

This is a pretty large campsite, right on the coast. From this campsite you can walk over to Fletchers Bay (3 hours one way), also a great place to go swimming and diving.

This campsite is 55km north of Coromandel Township.


  • Stony Bay Campsite closed in May and June

    Stony Bay Campsite is closed from 25 July to 31 August 2022. The Coastal Walkway remains open - park at the gate and walk through to the track. 

    First published on 16 May 2022. Last reviewed on 29 June 2022.


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DOC Coromandel

Central government organisation


North IslandCoromandelCoromandel Town


  • Basic Camping


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Niven's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Lovely site. Defo recommend. The drive is not suitable for big campers, it’s a gravel road all the way. Toilets were pleasant, site was fairly quiet with lots of space.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2019

Gareth's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

Bit of a trek, quite a fun drive though on unsealed road. Beach is large stones so very uncomfortable to walk on or swim in the sea. Great views if you can get a spot up high right on the sea front.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Lee Marple

Ranking: 4/10

My wife and I went there in Oct this year. I think its over rated and so did one other couple I talked too. Doc told me its not their peak season so They don't look after the site as much.
The grass was over grown there was recycling there from their last peak season.
Don't get me wrong it is a nice spot, very tight road to get into the site with some blind corners
But I think Doc are a bit cheeky charging people a full rate for camping for a site run down when there is a heap of free freedom camping spots in the Coromandel

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Ives van Neck


Ranking: 9/10

Sea view, low priced. Although a bit of a struggle to get there over the gravel road, it was it all worth it. Quiet DOC camping spot, $10 per person + $3 garbage tax. Even had excellent Spark signal, but no 2degrees. If they could add hot showers and normal toilets instead of drop toilets it will get a 10. Be aware, the nearest gas station and supermarket is an hour away.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Bo Van

Ranking: 10/10

After 15km of good gravel road you reach a really lovely bay. The campsite is in the best condition and the view over the beach is beautiful. Bit like paradise with the ducks sitting next to us. Shower and toilet are basic but super clean. We will come back.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Annabel Pirrie


Ranking: 10/10

This was the most stunning camping ground I've stayed at yet. Super picturesque, a great amount of perfect places to park your car and set up camp (lots of shady spots too). The bay is very quiet and peaceful and there is a great walk that goes round to Port Jackson. If you are tossing up between Port Jackson and Stony Bay, stay at Stony Bay (unless you like fishing-I heard it was better at Port Jackson). The camp warden is also super nice and has a weather report if you're interested!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Mirjam B.


Ranking: 9/10

A very nice, huge campground overlooking a beautiful bay. Clean longdrop toilets, cold water showers and sink for dish washing. The walk starting from stony bay is very beautiful too. A long gravelroad brings you there. Ok for campervans and worth the effort.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Pierre Gentile


Ranking: 9/10

North, very north, but so peaceful place, nice walk to a bay, the mountain bike track is steep but offers amazing views.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Mathias Butterlin


Ranking: 10/10


Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Johannes J


Ranking: 8/10

Wonderful campsite, great views, many toilets and some cold showers.
Only reason I wouldn't recommend it to everyone is the access road. You have to drive 21 km of a windy gravel road which will cost you at least 3/4 of an hour.
If you want to do the Coastal walk, take care that you take the right path which is very close to the far end of the bay. The other one is for mountainbikers and has 2 river crossings.
Price: 10 $ pp

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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Helen and Ogi

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic location by a beautiful bay. Nice inland walk beside a river, and right next to a great coastal walking track. Basic facilities but in good condition. Toilets and cold showers.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Rebecca Doehl


Ranking: 9/10

One of the nicest spots. Not easy to reach via steel gravel but fantastic view of the sea. Cold showers and toilets included.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Excellent, quiet with amazing views. I almost hate recommending it because I'd like it to be just the same when I come back to NZ and not overrun.

Reviewed over 11 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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