Turihaua Beach

Turihaua Beach

Overnight Campervan Parking


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Beachfront freedom camping for a limited period - from 26 December to 1 February. If you want to stay outside that period then drive 2 minutes down the road to the Pouawa Freedom Camping area.

For safety reasons no tents or caravans are allowed to be set up within 10 metres of the edge of the road. No vehicle can park within 5m of the edge of the road. The area will be marked out with 5 and 10 metre lines.

No reservations are taken for any campsites.

You cannot claim a campsite such as pegging out a tarpaulin. You must be onsite using an approved structure to be a permitted campsite.

One permit is issued for up to 6 people. For more than 6 people you will need to buy 2 permits.

You need a chemical toilet for every 8 people on site. Buckets with lids are not acceptable as a toilet. Inspectors patrol all campgrounds.

$16.50, up to 2 nights - 1 rubbish bag
$34, over 2 nights up to 10 nights - 5 rubbish bags
$71.50, over 10 nights up to 28 nights - 14 rubbish bags
The permit charge is for the disposal of solid and liquid waste.

Additional rubbish bags can be purchased for $2 each.

A permit can be purchased from the following outlets:

Gisborne District Council Service Counter -15 Fitzherbert Street and Te Puia Springs
Opotiki i-Site
Gisborne i-Site - Grey Street
Whakatane i-Site
Easts Outdoor Work & Leisure - Makaraka
Wairoa i-Site
Uawa Foodmarket - Tolaga Bay
Okitu Store - Wainui


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Sally Haines

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great location and toilets are clean :)

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Nimh Oudhof


Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful place at the beach, only $5 per person.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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David Haines-Hanham

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Beach front location - stunning. Very basic long drop toilet is an assault on the senses. Well what do you expect for free??

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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New Zealand

Ranking: 4/10

In peak season this place is crazy and it is so cramped and tents pitched right next to SH2 (dangerous!). The strip of land between the main road and the beach is so skinny, you will always feel the trucks rumbling past. Great beach though, and maybe worthwhile outside the Christmas/January time period if you can nab a site away from the road ..... but probably better to head a couple of kms north to Pouawa (similar but more land between road and beach)

Reviewed over 7 years ago