New Zealand Freedom Camping - North Island:
Freedom Camping On The Beach

New Zealand Freedom Camping - Turihaua Point & Turihaua Beach, Gisborne

ADDRESS / TEL / GPS coordinates:

Alongside State Highway 35

north of Gisbourne

East Coast

North Island

New Zealand

38.6290S 178.1620E


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New Zealand Freedom Camping -Turihaua Point & Turihaua Beach, Gisborne

Freedom Camping!

Gisborne Council are one of the few New Zealand council’s still allowing freedom camping - hooray!

There are 9 summer camping sites (where a small fee is payable for waste disposal and rubbish collection) 4 of which allow freedom camping outside of the summer months.

Free camping is also allowed on public land within Gisbourne that is not restricted or prohibited.

Summer campsites (last Sunday of September - 7th April):

Turihaua Beach

Turihaua Point

Pouawa Beach

Waihau Bay

Tolaga Bay (freedom camping allowed outside of summer period)

Kaiaua Beach (freedom camping allowed outside of summer period)

Tokomaru Bay (freedom camping allowed outside of summer period)

Waipiro Bay

Doneraille Park (freedom camping allowed outside of summer period)


We camped at Turihaua Point and Turihaua Beach which are beautiful neighbouring campsites, right on the beach. We went kayaking every morning, literally by just rolling out of our campervan on to the sand, and walking the few steps to the sea.

Camping here was just such a great experience. There is something magical about hearing the constant sound of the sea...it just soothes your soul.


Freedom camping is limited to 3 nights in a self-contained vehicle in unrestricted areas. More information of free camping in Gisborne.


New Zealand Freedom Camping - wild camping on the beach!

What You Need To Freedom Camp:

  • Permit (see How To Book below)
  • Chemical toilet (toilet waste disposal tanks are provided at the campsites)
  • Gas cooker (no open fires allowed)
  • Water supply

For more information about summer camping at Turihaua and other camping sites up the East Cape coast of Gisborne (at Pouawa Beach, Waihau Bay, Tolaga Bay, Kaiaua Beach, Tokomaru Bay, Waipiro Bay and Donneraille Park) -  see Summer and Freedom Camping Gisborne

PRICE:

One permit (for up to 6 people):

  • $10 for up to 2 nights (with 1 rubbish bag provided)
  • $25 for up to 10 nights (with 5 rubbish bag provided)
  • $60 for up to 28 nights (with 14 rubbish bag provided)

SIZE:

Approx 30 campsites

OPENING TIMES:

Turihaua Beach: 26 December - 1 February

Turihaua Point: 30 September - 7 April

HOW TO BOOK:

First come first served but FIRST you must get a permit from:

Gisborne District Council (06 867 2049), or

Online or

I-Site Offices (Gisborne, Wairoa, Opotiki, Whakatane), or

Uawa Food Market in Tolaga Bay

NUMBER OF NIGHTS YOU CAN STAY:

As per your permit (between 2-28 nights)

New Zealand Camping - wild camping on the beach!

FACILITIES:

  • Grass area with no designated sites
  • Toilet waste disposal tanks

Note: No water. No Campfires

PETS ALLOWED?

Yes, but on a leash

ROAD SURFACE:

Tarmac

ROAD SURFACE IN CAMPGROUND:

Dirt

ACTIVITIES:

  • Kayaking
  • Surfing
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Beach


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