Tolaga Bay

Tolaga Bay

Freedom Camping - Blue Waters



6 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

91 Basic Camping

2 Tolaga Bay


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Freedom camping opens 30 September 2018

Stay just a few meters from the beach at the northern end of Tolaga Bay.

You can freedom camp in the designated area outside the summer camping season.

Camping is allowed within the designated camping area only.

Maximum stay is 3 nights over any 30 day period.

Please take your waste to the provided disposal points.


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North IslandOut EastTolaga Bay


  • Basic Camping



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Helen Penman 's avatar

Helen Penman

Ranking: 9/10

Great spot at the northern end of the bay. Sheltered and right by the beach. Great safe swimming. Lots of room and easy access for large motorhomes. Permit required - we purchased at Gisborne iSite $17 for 2 nights or $35 for up to 10 nights for 2 people in any of the designated spots as far up as Te Araroà, includes rubbish bags to use at collection spots. Great system- maybe other councils could follow suit👍✔✅

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Svenja's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Nice and quiet spot. I've got my permit in one of the supermarkets. It wasn't possible to just pay for one night. The price for two is $16.50 even if you just want to stay one night. I was completely alone there in March.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Ourlot's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Go GDC! Permit needed but easy to obtain at various locations. What a stunning beach and slice of paradise on the Cape. Only stayed one night wish it was two! Safe swimming - kids had a ball. Lots of space for our camper. Quiet spot. We will be back!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Stacey Hendriks

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful spot right on the beach. Toilets and non-potable water available! Nice beach with good beginner surf and good fishing at estuary and wharf.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Philippe Chiasson's avatar

Philippe Chiasson


Ranking: 8/10

Awesome view, very close to the beach (1 minute walk). Nice little town, friendly people. Basic amenities. Great place for surfing (close to the wharf) and interesting history.

Reviewed about 6 years ago and experienced in March 2014

GN100's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Nice spot by the sea - for self contained campers only. Council permit needed in advance that can be picked up from a variety of locations. Very cheap

Reviewed almost 7 years ago