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Puriri Bay (Whangaruru North Head) Campsite - Whangaruru North Head Scenic Reserve

Puriri Bay (Whangaruru North Head) Campsite

Whangaruru North Head Scenic Reserve


19 Rankers Reviews

9 Face-to-Face

6 Russell


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Puriri Bay - Whangaruru North Head


Overlooking the mouth of Whangaruru Harbour, this campsite has sheltered waters for swimming and boating activities, and a series of interconnected walks.


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DOC Northland

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North IslandNorthlandRussell


  • Basic Camping


Showing 13 reviews of 19.

HB's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful spot near the end of the peninsula, we stayed here in perfect weather on the grass sites at the back which were really quiet end of Jan mid week.

Awesome beach, nice short walks nearby, really friendly and helpfu staff. Good longdrop toilets and cold showers. Drinking water.

No where particularly close to buy food.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Sam's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Was $13pp in a honesty box in May. Beautiful location - very peaceful + nice nearby walks.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Paul Smith

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Idyllic location and very peaceful. Great for swimming and a good 2hr walk to do from the site. Mainly very friendly locals

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Miranda Davis

Ranking: 10/10

Incredible little campsite, one of my all time favorites. Beautiful sheltered bay. Camp hosts were incredibly knowledgable about the local area and very helpful. Amenities were super clean at all times. We loved the composting and the ingenious waste reducing ice blocks (5x for $1). We can't wait to go back.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Michelle Smit


Ranking: 5/10

A very beautiful spot on the beach. Unfortunately we had paid our money at the self registration station ($10pp pn) before we realised that all the grassy camping areas were closed as it was too wet (fair enough) and we had to camp in the carpark next to the rubbish bins. A sign at the self registration station advising this would have been nice!

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful camp right on a harbour beach. Isolated and peaceful but can get very wet after heavy rain. We had it to ourselves in mid April.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Hubert Schmid


Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful and scenic place.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in October 2014

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Emma Ben Amara


Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful ecology and very peaceful.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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David Relvas


Ranking: 9/10

Nice place, nice owners.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Stephanie Poppe

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely site. We arrived pretty late but were welcomed with a friendly smile. A lovely spot at the beach. We arrived here late March so it was not crowded at all. Lovely hiking tracks around.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Michal Sturma

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful campground just next to a bay.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in March 2013

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lisa taylor

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Best things about this site is the AMAZING views you get driving to it and the fact you can back up right onto the bay shore :)
Also there is a lovely walk which gives amazing 360 views from the trig (you get a map on arrival)
But the long gravel road getting to it is pretty awful and the sea gulls were pests.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

Eddie's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

DOC beachside campsite with wonderful views, a bit remote but nice scenic drive to it, if heading to / from Russell. Warden was helpful and friendly. Usual DOC dry toillets which weren't as smelly as some I've encountered. Cold showers, but all clean and tidy. A good place to chill out. Pitches were a bit uneven

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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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

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