20 Rankers Reviews
North Island ▷ Tairāwhiti Gisborne ▷ Wairoa
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This is a great free campsite right on the water. We stayed for 2 nights with our 2 children (8 & 11) and two small dogs.
We arrived around lunchtime and had almost the entire allocated camping area to choose from. By night time I counted 17 different groups staying on our first night and 12 on the 2nd.
They do come by once or twice a day to introduce themselves, answer questions, check on everyone and to make sure you are camped where you should be. We found it marked out easily so didn't need help.
The toilets are tidy for public toilets which are open 24/7. They have sensored lights that go on at night for those midnight toilet runs you may need to do with the kids.
There is a tap next to the bathrooms which we used for boiling and then doing dishes but we didn't drink it as we were unsure of the quality.
The water is a lagoon that flows into the sea and is good for exploring and seafood collecting. It remains shallow for a big portion of the shore and then drops off to 1.5metre - 2metre depending on the tide. This area flows more like a river out to sea so I would recommend only experienced swimmers or closely supervised children swim in this part. If you lift your feet you'll get swept towards the sea shoreline.
We did walk the length of the lagoon to the beach during mid and low tide. During hightide this is possible just a lot more splashing involved.
Dogs are allowed but not off their lead.
We'll go back again at some point.
Lovely little campground by the river with running toilets and water. It is (now?) clearly indicated where you can and cannot camp so you won’t get a fine as per reviews below. Close to amazing beaches, super relaxing atmosphere.
A lovely grass spot along the coast. A beautiful drive down there and a nice place to sit and watch the sunset, stars and sunrise. There are (flush) toilets and changing facilities as well as a bin. The camping area is clearly marked and there is plenty of space, while I stayed there were about 8 vehicles and there was space for double that if you are all in cars/campers and considerate of one another. Overall a lovely place to spend the night.
Beautiful freedom camping spot with clean toilets and a rubbish bin, right next to a bay. Not a parking lot as I expected but a grassy field. Camping area is clearly indicated between the poles on the left. Fits 10 big motorhomes easily, or a lot more campervans. We were with 3 vans on a nice winter evening. Little bit of traffic on the road nearby but dies down in the night.
No idea what the (rather old) comments below are referring to. Camping area is now very clearly indicated on a map and on poles surrounding the area. Impossible to miss, even in the dark. Tens of people left possitive comments on other camping apps, so I wouldn't let the comments below scare you off. If in doubt, take a picture of your van and the poles indicating you're parked correctly.
What's up with these fines? This is just weird. Will skip and F**** you weird council ! Get a life! Omg who are these people ?
Sally - Oraka
I live a few doors away from the Oraka Reserve. Until the last few days I have had no problem with the campers there. However, over the recent holiday weekend there were people staying there who had 2 quad bikes. They started up first thing each morning and continued until 10:30 pm (Friday night) and midnight (Sunday night). The noise was pretty much constant, and the damage done to the beach is unbelievable, including the area that is marked for nesting birds. I applaud the Wairoa District Council for their vigilance (I have read the earlier reviews) over correct choice of camping places, but wish they had been around to see what has been going on in this beautiful spot. I would love the council to find a way to ban vehicles from the beach!!
DO NOT STAY HERE! Unfortunately we read previous two feedbacks already after received $200 fine from Wairoa district council for camping in a wrong place, otherwise we would avoid this campsite. We are very accurate and respectful travelers, prior to our stay there we checked the information on Wairoa council website about the area and even checked the map, it has two areas - green to camp and red to do not camp. We got there quite late, installed our tent on the side marked green on their map, just after the last camper and went to sleep. Nobody tried to let us know we are in a wrong spot. We got up early before sunrise to have a breakfast and continue our travel. Two weeks after we received $200 fine (ticket issued at 10pm) for "freedom camps where not permitted". I though I received it by mistake, but now reading previous reviews I see that this is the way how Wairoa council works and makes some extra money from travelers, deciding to save a little money and choose free site instead of staying in a holiday park. Do not repeat our mistake.
WTF!!??? We camped here and even paid special attention to the green (camp here) and red (don't camp here) markings on the map so thought we were fine. We even camped opposite the post that had TENT on it. Last week we got a $200 fine from the Wairoa Council. You need to employ people who don't decide to randomly ruin people's perception of a beautiful place!! Apart from which it was the night of that huge storm between Xmas and New Year (27 Dec) and yet you had someone patrolling at 10:30pm? DO NOT SUPPORT THE WAIROA AREA BY SPENDING YOUR TOURIST DOLLARS HERE...
DO NOT STAY HERE!! This campsite was clean, tidy (noisy due to building site) but overall beautiful and very well maintained. However if it is dark when you arrive, beware. My partner and I had been driving all day when the Rankers app told us we could stay at this campsite. We got there when it was dark so it was quite difficult to see signs. What we could see was on the right hand side as we drove in, there were two or three big workers machines parked, opposite these was a patch of grass filled with campervans, then there were some wooden bollards and on the other side was empty other than one tent. We figured this was the spot made for campers in tents so we pitched our tent and went to bed. We left the campsite before 9am, so were not obstructing families or tourists. We later got a $200 fine for 'camping in the wrong spot'!! This is disgusting. I wrote back to the council explaining the circumstances and that had the sections been marked properly, we would have camped next to the campervans. Read a review further down saying the council knocked on their van to let them know they were in the wrong place- this would have been a very nice warning as we would have got up and moved there and then but apparently the council decide who they want to help and want to fine. (Our ticket was issued at 11pm, so not too late to let someone know they are in the wrong spot)They have declined our letter and the fine must still be paid. I feel that this is unfair as there was alot of work going on and no lights to see designated areas. As a backpacker i do not have $200 spare but i guess this is just how New Zealand works.
Although there is a clean toilet, we found the spot fairly busy (mid-November) and the views are nice but not the best we have seen. There are free spots for self contained vehicles (no facilities) along the nearby Ormond drive and Nuhaka Opoutama road with much nicer views (but without the toilets).
Great little spot on this amazing peninsula. Short drive to some amazing beaches.
Was here in October. Very nice place close to the beach where you can do a fire (no fire in the camping place). Clean toilet and sink.
Mr and Mrs B
Good site and location.