Maraehako Camping Ground

Maraehako Camping Ground



16 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

42 Basic Camping

4 Opotiki




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 IslandOut EastOpotiki


  • Basic Camping




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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 1 day ago

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Wendy's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Absolutely stunning spot!! right on the beach with the choice of swimming in the fresh water hole or the ocean.
Will definately be returning.
The East Coast is beautiful.

Reviewed 9 days ago

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Charlene's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Amazing camp ground, friendly host and loads of space. Right on the beach with great sunsets. The perfect place to put your feet up and relax.

Reviewed 3 months ago and experienced in January 2015

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Brent Park

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10


Reviewed 3 months ago

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Pam Williams

Ranking: 9/10

We go camping at Maraehako Bay Campground for a couple of weeks every year if possible, and have done for the past 10 years. We love the casual laid-back friendly atmosphere and we especially love Bea, the amazing woman who runs the place and remembers everyone and treats all the kids as her own.
We love the fact there is no electricity, no wifi, no cellphone reception. Campfires are allowed, which is one of the reasons we return year after year because our fave evening activity is sitting round the campfire as a family just chatting and roasting marshmallows. The kids absolutely love Maraehako and it is their favourite place in the world. There are no marked-out campsites; you just take up as much room as you need. You don’t need to book or pay a deposit, you just turn up. The camp is right on the beach so there is no dangerous road to cross. It’s a really safe family camp, with a fresh-water stream and water-hole leading to the sea. The water hole is an awesome spot and popular for swimming. There are basic facilities; flush toilets, hot showers (50c). Take your own soap, and I’d recommend alcohol hand gel to ward off bugs due to the shared facilities. No laundry or kitchen. There is a ‘shop’ that sells basic essentials like milk, ice blocks, marshmallows, toiletries etc. There are no lattes or flat whites, but if you want that you can wander up the hill up the road to the macadamia farm where there is a cafe. There are no powered sites, and the prices when we were there last year were $9 for kids and $12 for adults per night. This is a family camp where kids can be kids, climbing trees, fishing, swimming, riding their bikes and making new friends, and the adults can relax, read books, swim, make endless cups of tea, make new friends. The only downside for us is that we can no longer take our dog because some irresponsible dog owners spoiled it for everyone by not cleaning up after their dogs, and now dogs aren’t welcome anymore. Can’t wait to return.

Reviewed 10 months ago and experienced in January 2017

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Shirley McMurray

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

A beautiful spot for our week long camping holiday with a great water hole to swim in. It was very quiet when we were there but if the camp was full 1 toilet and shower block did not seem to be enough facilities for a crowd. We felt that there should be soap dispensers for hygiene in the toilets. Also allowing campfires was a safety issue for us with the possibility of embers landing on the tents and sitting around outside at night was spoiled with thick smoke. Contrary to camp notices the local refuse centre is closed on Thurs and Friday. We had a great walk to the waterfall at Whanarua Bay not far from the cafe.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Michelle Smit


Ranking: 9/10

Stunning spot right on the stony beach. We had our one and only camp fire for the trip, which was a treat. Toilet block is quite a distance from the camping area, in good order and clean. A bit expensive at $15pp, but the location and the campfire was worth it.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Philippa and Adam

Ranking: 8/10

A basic campsite, but with good toilets and showers ($1 for 4 minutes). It's a little overpriced at $15 per person per night as there aren't many facilities. But the thing that makes this site great is the location. It's right on the beach and the sunset was simply stunning. Campfires are allowed as well.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago