Tokomaru Bay

Tokomaru Bay

Freedom Camping


7 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

3 Basic Camping

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Freedom camping at Beach Road.

Freedom camping at Beach Road.

Freedom camping at Mere Street and Waiotu Road

Freedom camping at Mere Street and Waiotu Road


Summer camping is closed and will reopen Sunday 30 September 2018.

Freedom camping is only allowed outside of the daylight saving period - between Easter weekend to the start of daylight savings.

There are 3 areas available for freedom camping:

- northern end of the bay on Beach Road
- middle of the bay on Mere Street
- southern end of the bay on Waiotu Road

Freedom camping for self contained campervans OR anyone with their own chemical toilet.
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You can freedom camp at the 2 restricted sites outside the summer camping season.

At the south end, Waiotu Rd, camping is only allowed in a self-contained vehicle.
At the north end, opposite Potae Street, camping is allowed.

Maximum stay is 3 nights over any 30 day period.

Please take your waste to the provided disposal points.


Feature Value Info


North IslandTairāwhiti GisborneTokomaru Bay


  • Basic Camping
  • Free


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5inavan's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Lovely, right on the beach but not too exposed. Nice toilets and close playground. Plenty of space and quiet.

Reviewed 6 months ago

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Mystery van

Ranking: 10/10

Great spot! Right on the beach! Beautiful open skies full of stars at night and can defiantly rate the fish and chip shop near by! Will be back for sure!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Loz's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

One of the best campsites I've stayed at. Insanely beautiful views with amazing stars at night. South camping site was a little less busy and had grass patch to my self.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Kirsty B

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Really nice spot. I stayed at the southern end which was much quieter. You must bring a loo or anticipate a short trek to the public toilet.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Meredith Griffiths


Ranking: 10/10

You need a GDC freedom camping permit to camp here. There are sites in the centre of town by the public toilets, right on the beach. We went a little further down the road and found a beautiful freedom camping site in a very quiet area. Nothing beats falling asleep and waking to the waves right on the lovely beach to walk on. No toilets.

Reviewed about 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Sara Berton


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful sunrise!!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

GN100's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

This is not 1 site but 3 separate sites that are run by the council for self contained campers. Very cheap, permits can be picked up from a variety of locations. The northern site has toilets, but is closer to the road/skate park. The other 2 towards the southern end of the bay have no facilities but are quieter

Reviewed almost 8 years ago