Information courtesy of the Department of Conservation
Address:Awana Bay north of Claris, Great Barrier Island, Auckland, North Island
+64 9 379 6476
Awana Estuary is on the east coast of Great Barrier Island. Get there via the
Auckland car ferry and then a rough gravel road (dry weather access only).
Camp on an undulating site next to the Awana Stream (take your mozzie
repellent!) and close to one of the island’s most famous surf beaches. This
camping area has a covered outdoor eating shelter with a sink and water from
a tap for washing up, toilets, cold shower and rubbish collection, but no shade. With room for around 60 tents, bookings are required all year round.
Maximum number of people is 120.Surrounded by farmland and dunes, the grassy campsites are next to Awana estuary. We recommend you bring mosquito repellent. Walk 300 m to one of the island’s best surf beaches.
Facilities and services
Camp hosts on site from Christmas until end January.
Picnic shelter available.
There are no public bins on Great Barrier Island/Aotea - take orange official council rubbish bags (available from local shops (prices vary) or the Auckland Council Service Centre) to drop off for free at Claris Landfill.
Adult (18+ years): $15 per night
Child (5–17 years): $7.50 per night
Infant (0–4 years): free
The DOC Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite.
You need to book ahead. Campsite Pass bookings must be completed before occupying a site. If you do not pre-book, campground staff (if present) may be able to make the booking for you if space is available. There is a $10 charge for this service. To avoid any disappointment book well in advance.
Bookings are open for stays from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.