> Bay of Plenty, East Cape
Situated right on the corner No 1 Road, Te Puke and the Pacific Coast Highway, between Tauranga and Rotorua. Perfect if you are looking for comfortable budget accommodation. An ideal stop-over for individuals and groups of 12 - 60 people. Te Puke is one of NZ's best locations in the Bay of Plenty, if you want to get away from the Rat race but still be only a short drive to everything. We are Intercity & Stray Bus Agents, and we can book local activities.
Only 5 minutes' walk to town, supermarkets, banks, cinema and bus stop. Mt Maunganui, Tauranga, and Rotorua only a short drive away. There is a wide selection of stunning beaches to choose here in the Bay of Plenty: Papamoa Beach, Mount Maunganui, Maketu, and Waihi Beach (to name only a few!).
15 km east from the junction at Te Araroa, down a partly sealed and gravel road, is an open rolling paddock on a rise beside the ocean. A bit of a slope for tenters. This is the best of back blocks camping, enjoying the sound of crashing waves. A long drop toilet is onsite and a small alcove with an honesty box. A great stopover for those in their self contained campers wishing to be close to the lighthouse (5km away) there is no power here.
Turn east off SHwy 35, beside the Raponga River bridge, onto the road to Anaura Bay. The road is fairly steep but is sealed all the way and your reward is a magnificent sheltered beach at your camp doorstep - with views to nearby Motuoroi Island. We have 70 unpowered and 30 powered sites, 18 of which are prime beachfront positioning (Captain Cook landed here in 1769). The large, well-equipped kitchen is to be found in the historic school building that has a nice sheltered verandah running along the front with great sea views. The camp store is open 7 days during the peak season. Two blocks of ablutions (Wahine and Tane) have showers and toilets. There is also an outdoor swim shower and basins. Children have a play area. There is an automatic laundry. Pets are welcome only in off-peak times. Fishing (beach and boat), diving and crayfishing in the vicinity are excellent. Wifi is available. Seasonal rates apply.
Fires are not permitted at any time.
When you hit Anaura Bay turn north and head up the tar sealed road to this
relaxed, family, beachfront camping area in a fenced paddock beside a stream.
Great swimming and coastal bush walks are to be had from here. This basic
campground is open between Labour weekend (October) through to Easter.
This is back-to-basics camping. No toilets are provided. You also need to
bring your own portable cookers or barbecues and don't forget a chemical toilet. (a dump station is provided in the peak season). Other facilities include rubbish collection and tap water (not suitable for drinking).
Fees (effective March 2023)
- Adult (18+ years): $10 per night
- Child (5–17 years): $5 per
- Infant (0 - 4 years): free
Pay at the time of booking.
The DOC Campsite Pass can be used at this campsite.
Opens labour weekend and closes after easter weekend.
Can reach full capacity over Christmas and New Years.
Fires are not permitted at any time.
Just east of Whanarua Bay is relaxed, basic camping in a tranquil inlet right by
the sea. There is a large area for camping with many pleasant grassy campsites
under the pohutukawa trees beside the beach. Drums are provided for fres
on the beach. There are no power sites here and no kitchen. A total of 12
toilets and 8 hot showers all coin operated at $1 for a shower. You are able
to hire kayaks Take aways, refreshments and some provisions are available on
site. Bea is your host. No dogs please.Adults $15, $10 Children aged 5-15
Look for this park at the foot of the hill, just after you leave Hicks Bay. The
grounds are lush with shady trees and a short walk over the bridged stream,
through the paddock and you are down on the beach. Sites are level with
plenty of taps. The on-site store is well-stocked and has a full liquor licence,
open from 7am till 7pm. There are 80 tent sites, 38 with power. Sea kayaks
and mountain bikes are available for hire and the area is great for a swim,
surf, or fish. Outdoor camp lighting is minimal (good for stargazing) so make
sure you bring a torch. The kitchen has individual preparation areas and
conventional cooking. The basic ablutions have vanity areas and good, roomy
showers. There is an automatic laundry and a car wash is provided. Please
note, drinking water here should be boiled. An on-site food caravan operates
in peak times. There is an on-site shop, bottle store and diesel filling station
too. Your friendly host is Bill. Tent sites are from $15 and powered sites from
$17 per person. Eftpos is available.
Camp on flat grassy sites, surrounded by beautiful native bush and mature trees alive with native birds. Some camp sites are in spacious private bays with taps spread around the camp. Theres unlimited choice when it comes to tent sites and 50 powered sites. The amenities have been revamped. The small kitchen has 3 full stoves, fridge, freezer and a range of small appliances. There are plenty of showers, plus an outdoor shower. You can enjoy the nearby, safe, sandy Oruaiti Beach for swimming. Fisherfolk can swap tales in the full-size smokehouse area, with fish cleaning shelter and its own bar-bench. . Your hosts, P, allow pets by arrangement. Non-powered sites are $14 to $16 per person. Powered sites are $15 to $18 per person. Seasonal rates apply.
Look for the large orange ﬂoat on the tree by the gateway. From here,
your host June McDonald can arrange private seaside camping for you. The
camp is 10 minutes drive away on coastal farmland. There is no power in
the rudimentary building that houses the kitchen/living areas, with a Kent
woodburner and gas cooking. There is a ﬂush toilet. There is good fishing off the
rocks. June takes guided walks on the history of the area, a marae visit and traditional medicinal uses of native plants. You can take a 2 hour walk to the lighthouse or many other shorter walks. Campsites are from $10 per person.
This basic camp is in a wild, old garden right in Tikitiki. The tidy, level grounds
have 8 powered sites and heaps of tenting space. Nice shady trees are on
the boundary and there are some picnic tables. The Ladies ablutions are
satisfactory, the Mens less so and there is no kitchen or laundry. Meals and
takeaways are available at the RSA nearby. Your host is Franceen Collier. All
sites are $10 per person
This camp is tucked behind the general store and petrol station on SHwy 35
set on a flat grassy paddock that backs onto a stream. Close to the road,
seven powered sites are available and theres plenty of flat tent space. The
tidy kitchen is equipped with gas cooking, microwave and fridge. Ranchsliders
open to a deck and there is a basic TV lounge. A dump station is available and passers-by can fill up their campervan water for $5. The ablutions are wellloved and include a disabled access unit and communal change areas in the showers. An automatic laundry and a BBQ are available. Mark and Lisa and
her team at the shop and Fish Shop will make you very welcome. Tent sites
are $12.50 per adult and children 5 years and over are $6, or with power they are $15 for adults or $7.50 for children 5 years and over.