Tokomaru Bay

Tokomaru Bay - Freedom Camping

(Te tōpuni ki Tokomaru Ākau)

Tokomaru Bay

Freedom Camping


7 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

4 Basic Camping

1 Tokomaru Bay

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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


Open every summer between Labour Weekend and Easter

Camping at Tokomaru Bay is from 23 October - 30 April.

You must have a permit before you set up camp. Apply for a permit on the website link above.

There's no charge for a permit. You must comply with all the conditions on the permit and in the bylaw.

You need to manage your own rubbish.

Camping is allowed in tents and vehicles - chemical toilets are required.

About Tokomaru Bay
Tokomaru Bay is 92km from Gisborne and 242km from Opotiki. Good fishing and surfing beach, but care is required when swimming.

There's 2 camping areas available for summer camping:

North end of the bay on Beach Road
South end of the bay, turn off on Arthur Street to Waiotu Road

Rubbish and recycling
We encourage zero waste.

You need to manage your own rubbish. No bags are issued with permits so you need to take your own.

You’re responsible for taking your rubbish away with you. The closest transfer station to sort your rubbish and recycling is Tokomaru Bay.

Do not put rubbish bags on the roadside, this is illegal dumping.


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Gisborne District Council

Local government organisation


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 about 1 year 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 almost 3 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 over 3 years ago

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Kirsty B

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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 over 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 over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Sara Berton


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful sunrise!!

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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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 over 8 years ago