Kaiaua Beach

Kaiaua Beach - Freedom Camping

(Te tōpuni ki te Tāhuna o Kaiaua)

Kaiaua Beach

Freedom Camping


5 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

3 Basic Camping

1 Tolaga Bay

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Large grassy areas right on the beach
Flush toilet


Camping at Kaiaua Beach is from 23 October - 30 April.

You must have a permit before you set up camp. Apply for 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 Kaiaua Beach
Kaiaua Beach is 60km from Gisborne and 274km from Opotiki. The beach is 6km from the state highway turn-off.

Excellent beach for fishing and swimming.

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 Tolaga 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 GisborneTolaga Bay


  • Basic Camping
  • Free


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Ranking: 10/10

This place is amazing. Can’t recommend it highly enough! Go visit and fall asleep to the sound of the ocean.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Lauren Cottle

Ranking: 10/10

This is the BEST spot. Our favourite spot on the north island. Camping right on the beach. Amazing bay with clear skies, great swimming. All in all the best freedom camping ever. There were 3 of ya total but so spread out we didn’t see anyone!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Lois Moreland

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Ranking: 9/10

Like a small camping ground, but free, has water in pats outside and inside the toilet block. Public boat ramp is at edge of camping area. Interesting to watch the boats come and go. When we were there in mid-Dec 2014, there were about 25 vehicles parked up. Toilets open all night and has bright lights going outside them all night.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Alexia Greasbaum

Ranking: 10/10

On the beach.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Roland Beer


Ranking: 10/10


Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014