East Cape Camping Site

East Cape Camping Site

Te Araroa


39 Rankers Reviews

6 Face-to-Face

2 Hicks Bay

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A very basic camping site in a very remote location. Don't expect much from the facilities and expect more from the view. People will either love or hate the remoteness of this place.

$10 per adult, $5 per child


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North IslandOut EastHicks Bay


  • Basic Camping


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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 6 months 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 6 months ago

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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 9 months ago

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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months ago

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 10 months 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 11 months ago