Campgrounds on Great Barrier Island

Although there are a few privately owned campsites available, camping facilities on Great Barrier Island are mainly provided by the Department of Conservation. For listings from both options please take a look at the guide below: 

Department of Conservation Campgrounds :

All D.O.C. campsites have basic facilities i.e. toilets, water supply and except for ‘The Green’ at Whangaparapara; cold water showers.

Open fires are not permitted at any D.O.C. campgrounds, so please bring your own gas or fuel powered cookers.
Dogs and alcohol are also banned from D.O.C. campgrounds.
The campgrounds have a specified number of tent sites.
Be sure to book early if you’re planning on camping around Christmas and New Years.
For information, enquiries and to make a booking please contact the
Great Barrier Area Office: +64  9 4290 044

Akapoua Bay campsite

A popular family camping area near the sheltered waters of Port Fitzroy.
Easy access to many of the island’s walking tracks.

Awana Beach campsite 

Set beside the Awana estuary and a 10 minute walk along the estuary to Awana surf beach. Popular with surfers and younger groups. Minimal shade.

Harataonga campsite

Remote and beautiful. A short walk from spectacular Harataonga Beach.
Mature trees and creeks divide this sheltered campground.
Popular family campground. Good fishing.

Medlands Beach campsite

Situated beside the Medlands Stream and behind the sand dunes.
This is a well sheltered and sunny campground. A popular choice through summer and potential campers need to book in advance.

The Green campsite

This is the smallest D.O.C. campground on the island.(only 15 tent sites)
It is situated on the northern side of the harbours head and is accessabile by track, 10 minutes from the Whangaparapara Road.
Very popular base for trampers.
No shower… but it is only 15 minutes walk to Great Barrier Lodge.

Whangapoua campsite

This campsite is fairly exposed but enjoys stunnung views of Rakitu Island, Mt. Hobson and the surrounding mountain ranges.
Situated beside the Whangapoua Estuary and close to the Okiwi airstrip.
Very popular with surfers.

Privately Owned Campgrounds :

Great Barrier Island Campground

This awesome campsite is situated on 12 picturesque acres of sheltered park like grounds bounded by a fresh water stream.
With lovely views across Tryphena harbour, and only 200m to the beach, boat ramp and moorings Great Barrier Island Campground is the perfect location for your next camping adventure.
 Features great facilities such as eco toilets, showers, tables, sinks and benches.
So come on; come to the most beautiful tranquil Paradise around!
and stay at Great Barrier Island Tryphena Camp Ground.
 Tariff: $10 per person per night, Group Bookings and long term rates negotiable.
4×4 vehicles recommended; BYO gas cooker.
Contact info: Orewa, 09 426 6845  G.B.I 09 4290 184 
email: pb23pb23@gmail.com facebook: Greatbarrierislandcampground
50 Schooner Bay Road, Puriri Bay, Tryphena

Mickeys Place

Situated on the O’Shea Family farm in Awana, this popular campsite offers showers, flush toilets and communal cooking area.
Sheltered, sunny and friendly.
Your hosts: Mickey, Sean and Patrick
Phone: 09 4290 140

Stray Possum

Camping guests share the kitchen, showers, and toilets at the adjacent Stray Possum Lodge backpackers lodge in Tryphena.
Camp site is located close to all the facilities with room for approx. 14 tents.
Phone: 09 4290 109

Kaitoke Campground

Stunning setting right on Kaitoke Beach. Sheltered and sunny and so popular you need to book now!
Phone: 09 4290 229