Matatā Campsite

Matatā Campsite


36 Rankers Reviews

10 Face-to-Face

1 Edgecumbe


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Matata Camp Ground
Camping area located just behind the beach.


A nice little coastal camping site that sits adjacent the the Matata wildlife reserve. A great option for non self contained vehicles.
Adult (18+ years): $8 per night
Child (5 - 17 years): $4 per night
Infant (0 - 4 years): free
Additional fees
There is a $2 charge per booking to cover waste disposal.

The DOC Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite.

The Campsite Pass may be used for a maximum of 7 nights in 30 at this campsite.

You need to book ahead. Campsite Pass bookings must be completed before occupying a site. If you do not pre-book, campground staff (if present) may be able to make the booking for you if space is available. There is a $10 charge for this service. To avoid any disappointment book well in advance.

All bookings must be completed online before arrival. The camp and surrounds have mobile coverage so bookings can be completed on site if necessary.

Check-in, check-out and length of stay
Register on arrival.
No public access 9 pm to 7 am.
Vacate sites by 10 am.
Check in between 11 am and 8 pm..
Refunds are only issued in exceptional circumstances, eg the closure of the camp due to a storm event. No refunds will be issued at the campsite - apply by writing to the local DOC office.
Campsite office open 10 am – 3 pm, 7 days a week.


Feature Value Info


DOC Bay of Plenty

Central government organisation


North IslandBay of PlentyEdgecumbe


  • Basic Camping


Showing 13 reviews of 35.

Anna's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

Info on here is wrong. They close their gates at 9 pm already. Lots of traffic at night to the beach. The big lady was super super rude and just shouted at me..Unacceptable.

Reviewed 4 months ago

Paige's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Nice cheap campsite. Large sites and old but clean shower/toilets. Take some coins: shower is $1 for 4mins and rubbish disposal is $2. You do now need to book but its easy to do online when you arrive.

Reviewed 4 months ago

Sahmay's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

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!

Reviewed 11 months ago

Grubs's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Jennie's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

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!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Jay's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

Friendly staff, clean facilities and drinking water taps.
However, I was disappointed by the "hot" shower, which turned out to be cold.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

Courtney's avatar


United States

Ranking: 9/10

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).

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Sarah's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

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!!

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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PGCB's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Michelle Smit


Ranking: 8/10

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.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Taylor Smith

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Janet Scott

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

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.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Caroline L

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

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.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

DOC Managed

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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