Urupukapuka Bay Campsite

Urupukapuka Bay Campsite

Urupukapuka Island


3 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

8 Basic Camping

2 Russell


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Urupukapuka Bay campsite
Urupukapuka Bay from across the water


Boat access only

This is one of the three campsites on Urupukapuka Island. This island has significant historical and cultural importance, with well-preserved archaeological remnants of early Maori settlement. Please help keep this island pest free, check your tent, boat and pack rat-free and shoes clear of weed seeds.

The other two campsites; Sunset Bay and Cable Bay are also accessed at the Otehei Bay Wharf and are a mere 30mins walk away.

Campsite bookings are required all year.


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DOC Northland

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  • Basic Camping


HB's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely stunning campground a short 15 min walk over the hill from the ferry wharf. Water but must be boiled before drinking. Cafe beside wharf has water during open hours. (Closes 8pm).

Great snorkelling off the beach, we saw squid and octopus. Amazing walks and good bird life on the island. Lots of sheep around the campsite. Cold outdoor showers. Poor cell reception from campground. Not too busy start of Feb on a weekend.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Marie Dutron


Ranking: 10/10

Our favourite accommodation, quiet places, cheap, clean, amazing landscapes! Rangers are so friendly! And always toilet paper in restrooms! Sometimes we had hot showers for 50cents, it is good to ask donations and sometimes it is free!

Reviewed about 10 years ago

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Richard's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

Small island, with few people but a lot of sheep and a lot of trails who make you discover all the island. Really nice lookout, beaches and walks!

Reviewed about 10 years ago

DOC Managed

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Cymen Crick