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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 such as 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 buy 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
$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 2019. 

Or purchase one from the following outlets:

Our customer service counter -15 Fitzherbert Street 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. 
The links provide more details about the locations:  Camping sites

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 display the permit on the campsite vehicle. Sites not displaying a permit may have the equipment removed at the owner's expense.

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

Blue 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 blue rubbish bags to the signposted collection points, at the signs. 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 requirements 

No semi-permanent structures. 
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 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.

Earthquake advice - tsunami risk

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

Long or strong - be gone. If you feel a strong earthquake that makes it hard to stand up, or a weak rolling earthquake that lasts more than a minute - move immediately to higher ground or inland - the advice is at least 1km inland or 35m above sea level.

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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