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Summer camping

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

The summer campgrounds are currently closed.
Summer camping will reopen with the start of daylight savings on Sunday 27 September 2015.

No freedom camping is allowed at these registered summer campground locations.  
Please refer to the freedom camping bylaw for our district.

Information about summer campingSummer camping

We do not take reservations for any camping spots. 

One permit is issued for up to 6 people, your permit will cost:   

• $16 for 2 nights (up to 2 nights -  1 rubbish bag)
• $31 for 10 nights (over 2 up to 10 nights - 5 rubbish bags)
• $66 for 28 nights (over 10 up to 28 nights - 14 rubbish bags)
The permit charge is for the disposal of solid and liquid waste.
Additional rubbish bags cost $2 each.

For more information, rubbish pick up times, download the Summer Camping Brochure

Buying a permit 

Purchase a camping permit online - request a permit

Or purchase from the following outlets: 

  • Council's customer service - Fitzherbert Street or Te Puia Springs
  • Gisborne i-site, Grey Street
  • Easts Outdoor Work & Leisure, Makaraka
  • Okitu Store, Wainui Beach
  • Uawa Foodmarket, Tolaga Bay
  • Opotiki i-site
  • Whakatane i-site
  • Wairoa i-site

Summer campgrounds areas in our district

The summer camping areas are along our coastline and one is on the inland road to Wairoa.  The links will give you a map and more details about the location.  This map will show you all the summer camping areas in our district.Camping sites

The areas are:

We regularly have inspectors at all our sites. 

What you need for summer camping

All you need apart from your camping gear is:

  • A permit 
    • You must have this before you camp. 
    • The permit must be displayed on the camp site vehicle. 
    • Camp sites not displaying a permit will have their equipment removed at the owner's expense.
  • Your own chemical toilet.
  • Gas cooker - no open fires are allowed.
  • Your own water supply.  Water is not available at any camp site. 

Rubbish bags are provided with your permit.  For details about rubbish collection and times, read the brochure.

Campsite requirements

  • tents - no semi-permanent structures
  • caravans, house bus and campervans must be roadworthy 
  • a distance of 2.5 metres between each campsite for fire safety
  • no structures attached to any tree or shrub

Read the summer camping brochure for more information about camp site requirements and rubbish collection pick-up times.


Dogs are allowed at your camp site but:

  • you must pick up and dispose of your dog's droppings
  • dogs must be restrained at all times for the safety of other campers
  • wandering dogs will be impounded

Motorbikes on the beach

Beaches are public places - 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
  • do not ride in a manner that is dangerous to others
  • be aware of wildlife
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