Summer time camping

Summer camping

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Summer camping

Gisborne District Council operates registered summer campgrounds during daylight savings months.

The summer campgrounds are open until Monday 17 April 2017. 
No freedom camping is allowed at registered summer campgrounds.  

Restricted freedom camping is allowed at Kaiaua Beach, Tolaga Bay, Tokomaru Bay and Doneraille outside of the summer camping period. Refer to the freedom camping bylaw

Information about summer camping

We don't take reservations for any camping sites. 

You can't claim a camp site by pegging out a tarpaulin. You must be onsite using an approved structure to be a permitted campsite. 

One permit is issued for up to 6 people. For more than 6 people you will need to purchase 2 permits.  
You need a chemical toilet for every 8 people on site. Buckets with lids are not acceptable as a toilet.  Inspectors patrol all campgrounds.

Cost Nights - rubbish bags issued
$16  up to 2 nights - 1 rubbish bag
$31  over 2 nights up to 10 nights - 5 rubbish bags
$66  over 10 nights up to 28 nights - 14 rubbish bags

The permit charge is for the disposal of solid and liquid waste.

Additional rubbish bags can be purchased for $2 each.

Where to get a permit 

You can purchase a permit online, or from the following outlets:

Our customer service counter at 39 Gladstone Road and Te Puia Springs Opotiki i-Site
Gisborne i-Site, Grey Street Whakatane i-Site
Easts Outdoor Work & Leisure, Makaraka Wairoa i-Site
Uawa Foodmarket, Tolaga Bay  Okitu Store, Wainui

Summer campgrounds areas in our district

The summer camping areas are along our coastline and one inland towards Wairoa. 
Check the links for more details about the locations:  Camping sites

We regularly have inspectors at all our camping sites. 

What you need for summer camping

All you need apart from your camping gear is:

  • A summer camping permit 
    • you must have this before you camp 
    • you must display the permit on the camp site vehicle 

Camp sites not displaying a permit will have their equipment removed at the owner's expense.

  • you must have a chemical toilet - one toilet for every 8 people
  • gas cooker - open fires are prohibited
  • your own water supply.  Drinking water is not available at any camping site. 

You are provided with rubbish bags with your permit.  

Campsite requirements

  • no semi-permanent structures
  • all vehicles on your site must have a current registration and warrant of fitness 
  • keep a distance of 2.5 metres between each campsite for fire safety
  • do not attach any structure to any tree or shrub


You're allowed your dog at your camp site, note the following:

  • you must pick up and dispose of your dog's droppings
  • for the safety of other campers, dogs must be under control
  • we will impound any wandering dogs

Motorbikes on the beach

Beaches are public places, therefore all road rules apply

  • no riding on the dunes, do not damage vegetation or cause erosion
  • be courteous to other beach users
  • do not create new tracks - use the established tracks
  • be aware of marine wildlife
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