Pikowai Reserve Camping Ground

Pikowai Reserve Camping Ground



7 Rankers Reviews

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168 Basic Camping

7 Whakatane



The beach


A popular seaside camping ground

32 unpowered sites are provided.

The camp has a treated water supply and two toilet blocks. There are NO kitchen facilities.

Coin operated hot showers are available. A supply of $1 coins is needed. These cannot be obtained at the camp.

Fees are payable per night. Wardens are on site most of the year.


Feature Value Info


North IslandBay of PlentyWhakatane


  • Basic Camping




  • Unpowered Campsite

    No more than 6 people per site please.

    Family $15.50/day
    Extra Adult $5.50/day
    Extra Child $2.50/day


Zoe's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great spot right on the beach. So close you can hear the waves crashing. $8 per person can not complain and lots of room. It is right next to a train line and just of the main road but the noise is not that bad at all.

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Sarah's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful, safe spot. 😊
And so cheap!
We would love to come back here

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Mariusz's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

Nice place, but a bit expensive for its location (5m to rail and 10 to highway). 16$ for 2adults +2children but it is a 'minimum' so even if I was alone I had to pay full price.. :| at least shower surprised me, because it looks like they are not coin operated anymore, had very good hot shower in windy cold night

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Alex Villa

Ranking: 9/10

Sat-Sun night, Jan 2019 2 adults with a rental car & tent.
This place saved us from a sleepless night, as this was the only non-gated place which we found at 01 AM around Tauranga. Its operated by the district council and is non-staffed/self-service. You get a receipt of a sorts when you pay (16$ minimum charge, allows 2 adults+car+tent), and it might be checked in the morning, but wasn't when we stayed.
IMO, very decent facilities for the price: garbage bin, two clean toilets with water, one hot shower, tiny cracked mirror and multiple water points but NO drinking water.
Lots of folk: on arrival, out of 33 spaces maybe 4 were vacant.
Noisy site: it is between a 80 km/h road & railroad and the sea. Not much traffic but enough & waves crashing so that earplugs were necessary.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Eddie Howell

Ranking: 9/10

Clean facilities, flushing toilet and located right on the sand dunes. Small town of Matata is down the road with a dairy, takeaway and bottle shop. Stay here if you want to relax by the seaside and not do much else. And bring bug spray, I got slammed while sun baking!!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Rebecca Can

Ranking: 7/10

Lovely campsite right on the beach, tranquility slightly dampened by noisy road and trains but quieter at night. Good place for beach fishing. Hot showers available for $1. Good overnight stop.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Nigel Shaw

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

A really nice campsite, with flush toilets, hot showers for $1, facilities very clean, shaded campsites, can see the beach and ocean from campsite. Really enjoyed our stay, only downfall is the camp is beside the main road and a railway line with frequent trains, however that didnt worry us and we will go back there. Also fishing appears to be good off the beach from what I saw the weekend we stayed. Price very reasonable, $15.50 for 2 adults and 2 kids. Run by the Whakatane District Council

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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