Puriri Bay (Whangaruru North Head...

Puriri Bay (Whangaruru North Head) Campsite

Whangaruru North Head Scenic Reserve


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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 12 months ago

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Ranking: 10/10

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

Reviewed over 1 year 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 almost 2 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 about 2 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 over 4 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 4 years ago

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Hubert Schmid


Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful and scenic place.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in October 2014

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Emma Ben Amara


Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful ecology and very peaceful.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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David Relvas


Ranking: 9/10

Nice place, nice owners.

Reviewed almost 6 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 almost 6 years ago

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Michal Sturma

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful campground just next to a bay.

Reviewed over 7 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 almost 8 years ago

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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 almost 8 years ago

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Bernard Gastaud


Ranking: 9/10

Wonderful place.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Mark Westebring


Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful views.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Brian Livesey

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Stayed by the bay, fabulous views; really nice warden; fabulous walk around the site.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Bart Goovaerts


Ranking: 9/10

Friendly and beautiful, clean showers and toilet.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Rissa W

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Bit of a drive to get to, but worth it. Nice safe protected beach, ideal for families with small children. The campground was right on the beach, had recently updated facilities (cold showers only). Planned to stay only 1 night, ended up being there for 3. Campground manager is friendly & helpful, kept us well informed when NZ was under tsunami watch after the Japan earthquake. The walks in the area are good also, and looks like a good spot for fishing and kayaking. Love to return and spend a week there.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Ranking: 10/10

Very nice situated, super nice ranger, nice quiet bay, good short tracks to walk.

Reviewed almost 11 years ago and experienced in February 2009