East Cape Campground

East Cape Campground

East Cape Campground


43 Rankers Reviews

6 Face-to-Face

3 Hicks Bay

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East Cape Campground sits along East Cape Road at Gisborne. You'll be in awe at finding yourself the middle of views and places you never thought possible. Upon entering the site, you'll be greeted with vast green scapes, leading to a stretch of sandy beach. There, you'll find yourself seeming to be in two places at once. The sea views are exquisite for viewing the first sunrise that comes every day in this area. Imagine waking up to the sound of the waves and seeing the sun in all its glory shining right before you, just before everyone in the world sees it.

$10 per adult, $5 per child


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North IslandTairāwhiti GisborneHicks Bay


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Dan's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Awesome location and great base to catch the sunrise at the lighthouse from. Plenty of spaces and right on a beautiful beach.

Reviewed 4 months ago

Bri's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

super fun campsite with all the cows wandering round you while you camp. We stayed here with the intent of tenting but ended up sleeping in the car as it was quite windy, so bare that in mind. hard to find level ground if you don't get in early but otherwise fantastic! we watched the sun come up then went to lighthouse and found wild horses.

additional info: now costs $15 per adult, showers only accept $1 coins and you need 2 $1 coins for 4 minutes of shower time.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Bethan's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

It was our favourite site on the Cape. Yes it is basic but the views are amazing and there was loads of room even in the peak Christmas holiday. It actually costs $15 per adult and $10 per child. Showers are $2 for 4 mins. No kitchen but small sink area for washing dishes if you don’t have your own facilities. Highly recommend if you want to get away from the crowds and chill out.

Reviewed 10 months ago

Niven's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Worth the trip. Really remote but such a cool spot. As long as you don’t mind cows but they never came near or bothered us at all. Beautiful spot to wake up to! Really fairly priced, it’s an honesty box.
Toilets and showers are clean and nice

Reviewed 11 months ago and experienced in February 2019

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Amy's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great views for sunrise and just a short drive to the lighthouse but perhaps a bit overpriced for basic facilities. It could do with more stable/flat ground to park up given it costs for $10pp.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

ELNZ's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Basic amenities but expected for the remoteness. Would suggest only self contained vehicles.

Great views of sunset/sunrise and short drive to lighthouse.

Bring chocks if you want to be dead level as it’s just grass and not that level.

Toilets were clean but no lights at night - headtorch needed.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Jolinda's avatar


Ranking: 1/10

Despite the views, this is a very disappointing site, no running water for toilets, basins and showers. Disgusting backed up toilets, no kitchen. You may as well camp in a pig sty!

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Schubi's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

A great remote spot, good base for watching the sunrise from the East Cape Lighthouse. Like a doc camping, but privately owned, caught up with the owner, who came to check the toilet and the like. OK amenities, no hot water, kind of warm if you have a sunny day :) Get your food, water sorted at the last town, as there’s nothing nearby. Do not be offended if the cows turn up next to your tent, they are super friendly. As described by others, the wind can be annoying, try and find a good spot, use you car as a shield. The beach is nice, but full of hidden rocks, you can find nice spots tho a bit further up north, during mid tide when some natural pools remain in the rocks.
You will love it if you want to have some real camping experience and not the holiday park style...

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Clint Parsons

Ranking: 9/10

Really enjoyed our stay here. Lots of space. Kids loved doing manu's in the river. Good fishing and diving nearby if conditions allow. Showers and toilets nice and clean. Men's showers cold, ladies showers luke warm. Well priced, nice owners

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Scott Peaker

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Great spot ! We were going to miss this part of NZ out but managed to fit it in and glad we did.
The drive up is stunning, the campsite in a great location with good clean facilities (toilet block and showers) and reasonably priced ($10pp)
We went up to the light house for the sunrise in the morning which was great. Allow your self about a hour before sunrise to drive and climb the steps to the top. This should allow to to catch the sunrise just before it begins.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Shawn's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great spot close to lighthouse. Was incredibly windy while we were there so a strong tent or camper reccomend. Note that the price was $10 per adult in Jan 2020 which put us slightly off guard

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Mirco's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice landscape but the price shown in the app isn't right. It's 10$ per adult.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Ron Weasley

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Great private camping spot. We were there for 2 nights, the 26th and 27th and it's an awesome, remote spot. Open to motor homes and tents.

The spot gets really windy and there isn't much shelter, so if you have a tent you need to work out where the wind's coming from and use you car as a shield. We had our van so positioned it in such a way that it's catch the least wind.

The beach is really nice and although the surf looks really good, there are a lot of rocks so surfing and body boarding is not advised.

It's 6 kms from the lighthouse so if you're feeling adventurous, like we did, walk along the beach and then in the gravel to the lighthouse.

The facilities are basic, there's water which you need to boil before use, the toilets are no longer long drops, so you have some comfort and the showers are cold water only.

No phone reception, and as it's a very basic site, make sure you have all your supplies as the nearest town is Te Araroa which is 13 kms away.

Great spot. Enjoy!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago