Waitoetoe Campsite

Waitoetoe Campsite



8 Rankers Reviews

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79 Basic Camping

2 New Plymouth



Feature Value Info


North IslandTaranakiNew Plymouth


  • Basic Camping
  • Free





Piotr's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Yup. It is still here. Google maps is now at the correct street. When you reach the end of it you will see the gate along with the sign "Waitoetoe Beach Recreation Reserve". Leave your car and take your tenting stuff down the path. Instead of going all the way down to the beach, turn left on the cliff and continue about 200m. You will see in the left the mentioned camping zone behind the fence. Toilet and shelter is in there too. Enjoy the night!

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Agnieszka's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

The best place to camp in the area. Beatiful view on the sea. No showers and a small toilet

Reviewed 2 months ago

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Michael Vaughan

Ranking: 8/10

Really nice spot at the end of waitoetoe rd. Perfect spot for backpack camping and tent camping.
Bring your own tp, bring your own water too (there's a stream but looks fairly contaminated by cattle and rubbish, wouldn't risk it unless as a last resort even after boiling it)

Reviewed 4 months ago

Rachel's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

This is such a beautiful spot to camp. There is a steep but short hill to negotiate so pack light. You'll need to take your own toilet paper but there's a flush toilet and hand basin. Cows can graze nearby. Beach access is absolutely possible but there's a small amount of sure-footedness required. Great for everyone and bringing a camera is a must!

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Anon's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

This is just awesome, beautiful view is super sick on a sunny day. The sand is iron and very soft and there is running water and a flushing toilet, Google maps will attempt to take you down the wrong st, take waitoetoe st to the end and then it's easy to find from there

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Esmee Winnubst

Ranking: 7/10

Only accessible for tents. Very nice views over the sea and cliffs. Field is filled with hundreds of cows, which make sound all night. And the field is covered with cow poo...
we couldn't find the toilet house, it is well hidden apparently.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Tom Leppens

Ranking: 6/10

The entrance is hard too find in the dark. And as the path leading up to the toilets and the camping side is surrounded by cliffs and not obvious to find in the dark, make sure you arrive before sunset. But the outview is nice.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Russell Cole

United States

Ranking: 6/10

Park at the end of Waitoetoe Road in a small lot; do not let Google Maps take you down Carrs Road. A steeply inclined dirt and grass path leads down to a clover pasture atop cliffs overlooking a black sand beach and edged in by grey clay cliffs. A gate in rear of the pasture leads to two small, sturdy buildings: one empty (possibly for shelter in a storm?) and the other with a flush toilet and sink (though at the time of writing, the door did not lock and the water pressure was somewhat low). Across from the toilet is a small forest at the base of hills topped with a few nice residences. You must have a tent to sleep in the pasture or potentially a hammock for the forest across from the toilets. Despite the 'no fires' listing, there is evidence of frequent fires in small pits. Signs warn of loose ground, and one must be careful near the edge of the cliffs as the dirt is liable to give way in large sections, though there are a few paths down the ~3m slope. The far edge of the field and leading down to the cliffs is edged with a smooth metal wire fence; this is electrified and one should not attempt to climb the fence down the cliffs to the beach. A freshwater stream flows substantially from the leftmost edge of the beach to the ocean, though the water and algae is seen to turn rocks brown just upstream. For those who prefer luxury in a campsite, you will take solace in the relative newness and cleanliness of the bathroom, but little else. For those who prefer remote escapes, this clifftop, oceanside, flower-filled meadow where you can watch the sunset behind cliffs and over the crashing waves with Mt. Taranaki outlined in the distance will be perfect.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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