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Track Update - The Kaiaraara Track is still closed. Coopers Castle to the Kaiaraara Track is also closed. ALL other tracks are open.

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Akapoua Bay
(Port FitzRoy)

DOC

Bookings essential in
the summer. 
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Tent Sites: 30

Set in a sheltered bay amongst mature pohutukawa trees. About a 15min walk to shop, info centre, wharf, fuel and District Nurse. A popular place for families and boaties, Akapoua is close to the DoC track network including the Kaiaraara kauri dam, waterfall track. Good fishing in the harbour.

Water from tap

Toilets

Picnic Table

Rubbish Bin

Showers (Cold)

Adult $10
Youth (5-17) $5
Infant (0-4) Free

Awana

DOC

Bookings essential in
the summer. 
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Tent Sites: 60

Surrounded by farmland and dunes, grassy campsites are next to the Awana estuary.  300m to a great surf beach. Close to historic sites.  A barrier divides camping areas from a picnic area.  Keep an eye out for endangered bird life, pateke (brown teal), NZ dotterel, oyster catcher and banded rail.  Vehicle access to the beach is not permitted. About a 10min drive to Claris stores & cafe.

Water from tap

Toilets

Picnic Table

Rubbish Bin

Showers (Cold)

Adult $10
Youth (5-17) $5
Infant (0-4) Free

Harataonga

DOC

Bookings essential in
the summer. 
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Tent Sites: 60

Situated between two streams, overlooking Overton's Beach and Rakitu Island with shelter under mature trees. 300m from the beach, surrounded by farmland and bush.  Explore Maori historic sites and settler graves.  Home to endangered pateke (brown teal), NZ dotterel, oyster catcher and banded rail.  About a 30min drive to Claris stores & cafe.

Water from tap

Toilets

Picnic Table

Rubbish Bin

Showers (Cold)

Adult $10
Youth (5-17) $5
Infant (0-4) Free

Kaiaraara Hut

DOC

Bookings essential in
the summer. 
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Located at the beginning of the Mt Hirakimata (Hobson) track at Kaiaraara Bay, Port FitzRoy. 
About a 30/40min walk to shop, info centre etc.

$15 Adult
$7.50 Youth (5-17)
Children Free

28 Bunks
Wood Stove
Water
Toilets

Kaitoke Campground

Phone: 09 4290 229  

Stunning setting right on Kaitoke Beach. Sheltered and sunny.  
Kaitoke Beach

Kowhai Glamping

Whangaparapara.

09 4290 700 or

021 180 2265

Department of Conservation approved concessionaire and campground booking agent.

 

Medlands

DOC

Bookings essential in
the summer. 
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Tent Sites: 70

Situated at the southern end of Medlands Beach with some shade. Surrounded by farmland, dunes and  holiday homes the campground overlooks a tidal stream which is safe for swimming and the beautiful beach is popular for surfing.  About a 10min drive or 30/40min walk to Claris stores & cafe.

Water from tap

Toilets

Rubbish Bin

Showers (Cold)

Adult $10
Youth (5-17) $5
Infant (0-4) Free

Mount Heale Hut

DOC

Bookings essential in
the summer. 
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Set in a saddle below Mt Heale the hut offers back country accommodation with stunning views across the Hauraki Gulf and Little Barrier Island.

$15 Adult
$7.50 Youth (5-17)
Children Free

20 beds
in two rooms,
Gas Cooking,
Water supply,
Toilets

Schooner Bay,

Tryphena

Phone: 09 4290 184

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Situated on 12 acres of sheltered park, bounded by a fresh water stream with views across Tryphena harbour.  Only 200m to the beach, boat ramp and moorings 
Tariff: $10 per person per night, Group Bookings and long term rates negotiable. 44 vehicles recommended; BYO gas cooker.

Eco toilets, showers, tables, sinks and benches.

Tryphena
Stray Possum
09 4290 109
or 0800 POSSUM

Backpacker Lodge with campground. Cape Barrier Road, Tryphena, walking distance to wharf.  Access to Restaurant & Bar.  About a 30/40min walk to Tryphena shops and cafe.

Hot showers, Shared Kitchen/Lounge

Whangaparapara

DOC

Bookings essential in
the summer. 
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"The Green"
Tent Sites: 15

Located on the edge of the Whangaparapara Harbour amongst remains of timber milling, kauri logging and whaling history. Close to the track network and mountain bike track to Port FitzRoy in the north. Foot access to the Hot Springs. Good coastline for fishing and kayaking. About 1hour walk to Claris shops & cafe.

Water from tap

Toilets

Picnic Table

Adult $10
Youth (5-17) $5
Infant (0-4) Free

Whangapoua

DOC

Bookings essential in
the summer. 
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Tent Sites: 75

Set in farmland at the edge of the Whangapoua estuary and the best right hand surf bar in NZ.  Views of Mt Hirakimata and Rakitu Island.  Close to the Harataonga Coastal walk and low tide access across the estuary to the Wairarapa  grave site at the Northern end of the beach.  Keep an eye out for rare birds nesting on this beach. About an hours walk to Port FitzRoy general store.

Water from tap

Toilets

Picnic Table

Rubbish Bin

Showers (Cold)

Adult $10
Youth (5-17) $5
Infant (0-4) Free

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Department of Conservation Information

Bookings: These are essential. Spaces are limited and most campgrounds are booked out during the holiday season.  Tel.  (09)429 0044  Click Here to make a booking.

Fires: There is a 'Total Fire Ban' on Great Barrier Island over the summer.  Campfires are not permitted.  Fireworks are classified as an open fire.

Dogs: Dogs and other domestic animals are not permitted on conservation lands, including
campgrounds. All campgrounds are near special wildlife habitats, home of endangered birds
like the brown teal. If you bring any pets, don't be offended if you are asked to leave.

Campground Fees: Fees are payable at time of booking. Otherwise, a self-registration system is in operation at each campground, although a campground supervisor may collect fees during peak periods.
Adults $10 per night, 5-17 years $5.00pn 0-4 years free,

Hut Fees: Fees are payable at time of booking. Otherwise, a self-registration system is in operation at each campground, although a campground supervisor may collect fees during peak periods.
Adults $15 per night, 5-17 years $7.50pn 0-4 years free,

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Backpacker Accommodation
Crossroads Lodge Claris Bunks $30.00, Single $45.00, Double/Twin $70.00 pn
Great Barrier Lodge Whangaparapara Cabins from $35pp pn
IslandStay Okiwi Houses sleeps up to 8 in 3bedrooms. From $90pn for 2
Medlands Beach Backpackers & Villas    Medlands          Backpacker from $25pp pn
Orama Karaka Bay Port FitzRoy Bunkrooms, Cabins
Pohutukawa Lodge Tryphena Backpacker from $25pp pn
Stray Possum Lodge Tryphena Bunkrooms $23pp pn. Camping $12pp pn.
Wiltshire Manor Claris
09 4290 773
Sleeps up to 6 in double, twin + From $30pp pn.  Linen $5pp