The Spirits Bay camping ground situated at the eastern end of the beach is nestled beside a stream that meanders its way through and finally reaches the ocean. It is the most northern accessible camping ground in New Zealand.
The grounds allow for many different types of locations for your camp site, from places beside the stream to places that are surrounded by the bush or out in the open.
The basic amenities of water, cold showers and toilet blocks are provided throughout the camp but for everything else you need to bring your own.
While you can not camp at the cape itself, there are 4 camping grounds close to the cape.
Apart from Waitiki landing, all of the camping grounds are down metal roads and have very basic facilites but they are in stunning locations, situated right on the water's edge.
Tapotupotu and Kapo Wairua - Spirits Bay are both DOC run camps. Tapotupotu is the closest to the camp while Kapo Wairua is the northern most accessible campground.
More Information about Tapotupotu Campground
More Information about Kapo Wairua - Spirits Bay Campground
If you want to stay in Paua call into the Te Kao Store on your way north and enquire there as you may have to get keys for the gate. To stay at the Paua camping ground you must be totally self contained, including toilet facilities as there are no toilets at the campground.
Mozzies also like to camp at these places and come out on windless nights to feast on the blood of tourists so be prepared!
The campsite is situated by the river estuary, which is tidal and safe for swimming and watersports. You must take your own sleeping accommodation as well as cooking facilites and of course, food.
At low tide you can walk around the rocks - the rocks at the western end have great rock pools that warm up as the tide goes out and create safe swimming holes. Some are very deep. The water is so clear though that you can see how far down they go. Some are shallow and large.
However, be warned that mozzies also go here for their holidays!
Standard Facilities: Water, toilets, cold showers.
NZ$7.00 adult/night, NZ$3.50 child/night (5-15 years)
An idyllic spot popular with people and mozzies alike.
This campground hasn't got much, it's just close to Cape Reinga. We were driven away by the mozzies and went to sleep next to the road somewhere, without the mozzies.
There's cold water and a hole in the ground.
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