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Summer camping

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

The summer campgrounds are closed until Sunday 29 September 2019.  

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

Sorry we don't take reservations for any campsites. 

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

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
$17  up to 2 nights - 1 rubbish bag
$35  over 2 nights up to 10 nights - 5 rubbish bags
$73  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 apply for a permit when the service is available from 29 September. Or purchase one from the following outlets:

Our customer service centres at 15 Fitzherbert Street or Te Puia Springs
Gisborne iSite, Grey Street
Opotiki iSite
Wairoa iSite 

Summer campgrounds areas in our district

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

Turihaua Beach - only 26 Dec - 1 Feb

Turihaua Point

Pouawa Beach

Waihau Beach - Loisels

Tolaga Bay

Kaiaua Beach

Tokomaru Bay

Waipiro Bay

Doneraille Park

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 and either display your permit at your campsite or have it available on request by an inspector.

You must have a chemical toilet - one toilet for every 8 people.
Open fires are prohibited at all locations, you must have gas for cooking.
Drinking water is not available at any camping site, you must provide your own water. 

Rubbish collectionRubbish collection point signs

Rubbish bags are provided with your permit. We encourage you to recycle, take it to the nearest recycling centre.

Do not leave rubbish bags on the roadside. Take your issued rubbish bag to the signposted collection point.
Rubbish is collected in the mornings at the following sites:

Doneraille Park - collected Saturdays. Also Tuesdays during the peak Christmas/New Year period.

Turihaua Point, Pouawa Beach, Waihau Beach, Tolaga Bay, Kaiaua Beach, Tokomaru Bay, Waipiro Bay - collected Mondays and Fridays. Also Wednesdays during the peak Christmas/New Year period.  

Campsite rules 

No semi-permanent structures. 
Do not attach any structure to any tree or shrub.
All vehicles on your site must have a current registration and warrant of fitness. 
Keep a distance of 2.5m between each campsite for fire safety.
Do not block any accessway.
You must have a chemical toilet - one toilet for every 8 people.
Dispose of your waste in the facilities provided, or take it with you.
Open fires are prohibited, you must have gas for cooking.
At Pouawa and Turihaua - no tent or caravan is allowed within 10m of the edge of the road, and no vehicle within 5m of the edge of the road. 


You're allowed your dog at your camp site, but for the safety of other campers they must be under your control. 
You must pick up and dispose of your dog's droppings. 
We will impound any wandering dogs.

Earthquake advice, tsunami risk - long strong get gone

All coastal areas in Gisborne-Tairawhiti are vulnerable to tsunami.

If you feel a strong earthquake that makes it hard to stand up, or a weak rolling earthquake that lasts more than a minute - you should get as far inland or as high as you can within 20 - 30 minutes (that's walking quickly not driving).  If you can take a transistor radio, listen for the all clear or otherwise you should wait 2 hours before returning to your camp, if no tsunami has been generated.  

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. 
Don't create new tracks - use the established tracks. 
Be careful of marine wildlife.

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