East Cape Camping Site

East Cape Camping Site

Te Araroa



37 Rankers Reviews

6 Face-to-Face

227 Basic Camping

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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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 4 months ago

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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 4 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 4 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 4 months 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 5 months ago

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Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed 5 months 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 5 months ago

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Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful remote place, mountains on one side, the beach on the other, there is a track so you can easily walk to get on the beach. No signal or wifi so be prepared to fully enjoy the views! A great place to watch the sunset, rise and look at the stars. To get there you go along a long gravel road with loose cattle (don’t worry they will leave you alone) The area is a nicely mowed field with toilets, (cold) showers, water and sink for dishes and bins for your rubbish and recycling. It is $10 per adult and $5 per child so come prepared with the correct cash. There is a sign in/out book and an honesty box to pay, though while i was there the owners did come around to introduce themselves, have a chat and check everything was okay and that you’d paid. A very windy place so keep that in mind when it comes to using your gas cooker! This is the perfect place to stay to get to East Cape Lighthouse as it is just another 15mins drive (and a 20min walk) up to the lighthouse. A beautiful place to stay with good clean facilities and you would be supporting the locals. I highly recommend it.

Reviewed 5 months ago