Tolaga Bay (Freedom Camping mid-Apr to Sep)


4.2 from 4 users


Ferneaux Rd, Tolaga Bay, North Island

(06) 867 2049


Tolaga Bay is 54km from Gisborne and 280km from Opotiki. The camping area, known as Blue Waters is at the northern end of the bay at the end of Ferneaux Street. Excellent swimming and fishing. During the summer (September to April) a camping permit is required. Rubbish collection for summer camping: 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 blue rubbish bags to the signposted 'Collection Point' at the sign on Mondays and Fridays. Also Wednesdays during the peak Christmas/New Year period. Rubbish is collected in the mornings. You can freedom camp in the designated area outside the summer camping season. Freedom camping is only allowed outside the daylight saving period - between Easter weekend to the start of daylight savings. Camping is allowed within the designated camping area only. Maximum stay is 3 nights over any 30 day period. Please take all your waste to the provided disposal points.

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Lat: -38.365894 Lng: 178.305199

User Reviews


User 247403

Camp site itself is basic with a few trees for shade at the far end but best part is being just a few footsteps away from a beautiful beach. Friendly locals give you a wave. Good phone reception. Stayed in early December. Booked a permit online on arrival and it was free, not that anyone came around to check. Pro tip, Cottles on the main road do great fish burgers.



Amazing! Big, green and grassy. 100m to the beach. Great swimming spot. Toilets are old but are flush toilets and kept clean. Right next to golf course. Walking track near by. Highly recommend. Free in the off season.


Great spot on beachfront. Toilets really disgusting. Doubt ever cleaned though there was loo paper available. We were only one there & it didn't feel very safe so didn't sleep well. But it was fine. Would be a great spot if a few others for company & SC. Excellent cellphone reception.


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