Maraehako Camping Ground

Maraehako Camping Ground

Maraehako Camping Ground


28 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

14 Basic Camping

1 Te Kaha


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Maraehako Camping Ground is an amazing spot. There are not many camping grounds like this in the world.

Minimal facilities - but you don't need any. Just park up and take in the view. No bookings needed.


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North IslandTairāwhiti GisborneTe Kaha


  • Basic Camping


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Larnz's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

The campground is amazing. Is a great place to get away from it all. Facilities are good and the people that run the place we're so welcoming.
Great place to fish and go for a kayak.
Was very relaxing. Will be back for another weekend away.

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Kate Deery

Ranking: 10/10

Had the most relaxing time here - awesome place. Clean facilities, great atmosphere. So nice to be in a place with so few rules - loved having a fire to cook our freshly caught fish! And bellbirds to wake up to - heaven!

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Wayne Marks

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful place and great hosts. Mrs Smith should remove her review. The toilet facilities are run down but extremely well maintained. I was there when you complained at the office and pointed out that the cleaners were cleaning in front of you. You should have remained in you $160,000 home on wheels instead of discrediting the hard work the management team endure to make visitors stay a joyous experience. Shameful lady.

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Ranking: 10/10

It’s like paradise! I SWEAR! The bay provides a safe closed space for our tamariki, the staff are so helpful and amazing and the facilities aren’t complicated. Honestly, 💯 will be back! Ngā mihi nui x

Reviewed 3 months ago

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Hine's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely LOVED our time here clean quiet and relaxing we will become regulars, only downfall our daughter snuck our cat into the back of the bus and sadly he ran away on the 1st night there fingers crossed he returns to campgrounds where we've left our phone numbers

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Eugene Lim

Ranking: 10/10

Great spot and very kindly owner.thanks lot!

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Robyn and Bill

Ranking: 10/10

A beautiful spot to unwind. Beautiful views. Hot showers
Fires on the beach
Total relaxation
Awesome host's. Loved our week away

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Tracy J

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful place to stay. Lovely hosts. Small river to swim in, great for all ages. Build your fire at the beach to watch the sunset. $15 per night adults $10 school kids. Just great, thanks for sharing your home with everyone.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Bert's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Beautifull spot and very friendly owner. Nice hazy view of Whatakaari. Also good kayaks for rent for very good prices (15 dollars for a double, 10 dollars for a single) No kitchen, no dishwashing facilities, no cell phone reception and it costs a dollar to use the showers for 4 minutes (even if you only want cold water). In that sense, 15 dollars per person per night might be a bit pricy, but then again. You can make a fire on the beach, so it was well worth it for us!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Park anywhere, no power, no internet, no cell phone coverage, pure water in the stream. Enjoy a fire at the beach in the sunset. Oh what utter joy to be in the outdoors!! This place is magical.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Simone and Dave

Ranking: 10/10

We were looking for a place to truly unwind and and recharge ourselves.
What a perfect piece of NZ! I adore this country of ours! Sigh.....amazing! Friendly and welcoming, the beach and fresh water swimming hole were fantastic!
Great place to get the kayaks wet too!
Thanks for sharing this place! Love it!

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Mrs Smith

Ranking: 10/10

This place is absolutely stunning! 10/10..... Bathroon facility cleanliness, 2/10.

Safe & extremely family friendly, we had the best time. Haven't been there since pre kids & it was worth the wait. We pitched our tent right next to the beach, just bliss. Campfires every night! The grounds are clear of rubbish etc, the people who go and enjoy the camp are respectful & cherish this special place. My one & only gripe, which is very important due to the sheer number of people who stay there; was that the toilet shower area was absolutely filthy. The sign said it was cleaned daily between a certain time, and in 10 days the showers were not cleaned once (we watched & no cleaner went in there). There is mould & grime all over the shower walls, and gunk/yuck stuff in the rubber flooring in the shower cubicles. It needs to be water blasted! Was such a shame, not nice to have to take kids in there etc. But that is my only concern, other than that it is just magical......just wash in the waterhole or beach instead hehe.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Hana's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful spot with nice people! You could find a great place right next to the ocean, hire a kayak, have a swim and relax. In the evening, there is a possibility of campfire and that's amazing! The facilities are basic, but that's all you need in the place like this. We will definitely come back!

Reviewed over 2 years ago