This is such a cute campsite with the most lovely camp host called Raewyn. She was so accommodating and helpful and we really staying there. For only 8 dollars a night this is such a steal, the hot showers are $1 for four mins and really clean and hot. The bathrooms are kept lovely and tidy. There is freah water available and sinks to wash dishes. There was also a compost bin when we were there which was awesome.
There is no kitchen facilities or sheltered area to cook, but that wasn't expected and the campsite is sheltered by a sand dune so it's fine to cook outside :)
There's also a nice walk along to the lagoon and pukeko roaming all around. Would and are planning to stay here again!
Nice place, nice people running it, clean and tidy, quiet, good fishing spot, hot shower, well set out, shops 2min walk to local dairy,fish n chips,pub. Chilled relaxed environment.
Clean and well maintained site even during busy weekend. One hot shower, toilets, washing up sinks. Walk right onto the beach. 5 minutes walk to superette and good fish n chip shop!
Friendly staff, clean facilities and drinking water taps.
However, I was disappointed by the "hot" shower, which turned out to be cold.
Lots of campsites, toilets were basic but clean, showers were 4 minutes for $1, and the staff was really friendly. You are able to walk to the beach right from the sites. Tauranga and Whakatane are both very close and since you have a guaranteed spot, you come and go as much as you want during the day (or night).
One of our favourite places we stayed! Staff was so friendly! Very affordable, clean toilets, great shower $1 for 5min (lady said couples/families can go in as a group to save money lol) we were the youngest campers there aside from some small children, definitely not a party scene, everyone was friendly and welcoming, lots of water taps/sinks and a place to do laundry, on top of all that great beach & amazing fish and chip place (aunty and uncles) only a 7 minute walk away, definitely coming back!!
Great little place, great helpful staff. Still the one shower had long ques. Great chippie nearby. Awesome beach. The beach access is popular so possibly expect some noise from late night revellers if close to the entrance.
Nice camping ground set behind the dunes and next to wetlands, with lots of birds. Toilets clean, the one shower very rustic: an outside booth with coin slot set some way away. Plenty of taps and wash troughs, but told that water is only for use on site, not to be used to fill motorhome tanks. Good value at $7pp pn.
What a lovely setting. So close to the beach, easy access and not too close to the road. Great for the kids. Amenities were lovely and clean and the managers very friendly and obliging. We'll definitely be back. We were only visiting family this time but really appreciated being allowed to drive in and spend the day with them.
We have stayed here a couple of times now and just love it ..the place is clean and well organized. Although we are retired and our bus is totally self contained, it's lovely to see a hot shower supplied to others not so lucky so they can put up tents.. not much you can do to improve on this lovely place unless maybe a small playground for kids. We will be back soon. Well done to the people managing it and thank you.
Great place to stay. Facilities very clean and camp hosts friendly and helpful. Was quite busy when we were there but we still enjoyed our stay immensely.
Great DOC Campground. Very clean, nice administration and a hot shower for 50 cents per 4 minutes. They do claim $2 extra for rubbish disposal but this is once. For $8 one of the best campgrounds I've seen.
Really nice DOC site, and the only one with hot showers that we encountered! Sites were nicely laid out and organized (in some camps you just go find a space in an open field), with a few picnic tables scatter around.
Water spigots are located throughout camp with large basins for easy washing of dishes.
There is easy each access, and the beach is beautiful and completely uncrowded; hardly saw a soul out there. We don't fish or boat, just enjoyed walking on the beach and meeting fellow campers to share a glass of wine and some travel stories.
Good campingground to stay before you go on white island tour the next day. Hot showen was broken wonen we were there.
DOC Matata – Standard site close to the beach and wildlife [birds] reserve. We stayed one night. The lady running the place is a fantastic information expert for the area. Really helpful for our in the area planning. Not a heck of a lot to do if you do not fish. Nice walking from the campsite on an unsealed road that follows the coast. A 600 metre walking track takes you around the reserve area. The metered shower is a hoot. The coin box is on the outside of the building, so you put your fifty cent coin in and run back into the shower. Clean yourself in four minutes before it shuts off!
$6 campground managed by the DOC, friendly staff, clean camp, directly at the beach. Clean facilities, including hot showers, toilets and water supply.
Great DOC site, behind the dunes, very tidy and clean, showers.
Very crowded, just one shower, nice beach.
This place is not very nice. It looks like a parking area. We could hear the cars on the road all night long....
Great campground, especially at just $6 pp/night. Right over the dunes from the beach which keeps the wind down a bit. Lots of space for both campervans and tents. Hot showers (50 cents), clean bathrooms with flush toilets, laundry sinks and lines. Great bird watching in the adjacent lagoon!
Good camp ground for us [wife and bubs] and our small tent: clean site, good location between the beach and lagoon; still close to town and short walk to shops and the basics if needed; separate from the residential area of town; great reception by staff and other campers. All we needed was a small cooker. Plenty of fresh water taps about, and good facilities.
Spent 3 days here, good camp, flush toilets, one hot shower and camp can get busy so might have a wait. Very handy to beach which is just the other side of the sand dunes boardering the camp site. Shops, takeaway, and pub handy. Very accomodating manageress who squeezed us in as the camp was rather full due to a motor home rally being there. All in all a good labour weekend.
The best DOC!! $6.
We've popped in here a couple of times after finding it. DOC site with warden on grounds all times. $6pp.
+ Friendly wardens,
+ Awesome location (right on the beach front)
+ Good clean flush toilets,
+ Hot showers!!
+ Loads of room to spread out,
+ Close to shops.
Awesome spot, if in Whakatane area check it out!!
Nice campground with warden on premises 24/7. Located right next to beach with just sound dunes between you and the beach. Weird 50 cent single shower but if you needed it, it worked.
We arrived here at about 6pm on the first day of our NZ trip.
We were worried that the camp would be closed but we were welcomed by the woman who run the campsite.
The campsite is on a sand spit right next to the dunes and a couple of hundred metres from the coast road.
There were about a dozen vehicles on site but there was no noise. The only noisy neighbours are the birds residing in the reeds behind the campsite!
Facilities are spartan, but function fine.
The beach is quite beautiful with a picture perfect sunset and good views of nearby Whale Island.
So considering the modest cost ($6 per adult), adequate facilities, beautiful surrounds and warm welcome we were most impressed with this campsite.
Good DOC campground for the location and its 50C hot showers.
But despite the warm walcome we had by the warden, we were asked the next day (her wife?) to move out of the camp as it was 12 and we were supposed to leave by 10.30am. Never seen or read it in any doc guide, nor have been asked by doc warden in other doc campsite before.
Also asked to move the campervan because apparently we were on 2 spaces. Camp was not even half full at this time of the year.
Very rude attitude as we were with our small daughter.
So finally, we wouldnt recommend this one.
Busy but nice 6$ DOC-campsite!
Right next to a looong, sandy, beautiful beach.
Good facilities and very nice DOC-warden
DOC with hot water!! Next to a beautiful beach - construction work at 8am 5 metres from the site :-(
DOC campsite next to the beach. The whole day sunny and just a relaxing atmosphere. $6 per adult and 50c per shower.
Franziska & Katrin
Pleasant little camping ground, near the beach. Perfect for non self contained campers. Part of a recreation reserve that's looking after local coastal flora and fauna. Worth a look.
Nice campground behind a beach with no people and nice waves, fair price, nice location.