• Things to do

    Welcome to East Cape Campground

Our place under the sun, the pursuit of happiness comes easy here at East Cape Campground. Spend your days as you wish, with many options for relaxation or recreation – it’s your blank canvas to paint.

East Cape Campground is located in Te Araroa, the north eastern edge of Tairāwhiti in the land of the first light and the first place in the world to see the sun rise. Set amidst 2 stunning hectares of pure seclusion, this natural wonderland is perfect for relaxation and recreation.

Swim, fish or kayak

Beachside and bordering the Waipapa River, East Cape Campground is paradise for outdoor recreation. You can enjoy everything under the sun here – from swimming holes along the river to body surfing at the beach, you can also go fishing, kayaking or simply enjoy strolling along the shore just a few metres from camp.

From sand dunes to star gazing

Falling asleep to the sound of the ocean waves is as blissful as it gets. East Cape Campground is a secluded spot for nature lovers where you can explore sand dunes along the beach or star gazing at night under our clear Southern Skies – just part of the perks of our beautiful, undisturbed location.

Walk up to the Te Araroa lighthouse

With direct access to the legendary East Cape Lighthouse, you can make your way to this historical landmark by foot from East Cape Campground. Standing at 154 metres above sea level, the 700 steps up are worth it for the breath-taking views. Or if you prefer, it’s just a short 6.5 km drive to the light house from camp.

Sadly due to the cyclone the lighthouse is currently closed until further notice

Visit Te Waha-O-Rerekohu – NZ’s oldest Pohutukawa tree

Come face to face with New Zealand’s oldest and largest pohutukawa tree, Te Waha-O-Rerekohu said to be around 600 years old. This magnificent life force stands at 21.2 metres tall and 40 metres wide and is to be the largest of its species in the world.

Authentic marae experience at Nga Taonga o Hinerupe

A daytime visit to Hinerupe Marae is a must-do cultural experience in Te Araroa. Discover the customs, traditions, and the heart of our community with local Ngāti Porou guides as you are welcomed with a traditional põwhiri, engage in traditional weaving, and enjoy local delicacies.

  • "Worth the trip. Really remote but such a cool spot… beautiful spot to wake up too!"


  • "Great remote spot, good base for watching the sunrise from the East Cape Lighthouse…You will love it if you want to have some real camping experience and not the holiday park style."


  • "Stayed an extra night as [we] liked it so much here…[zero] light pollution so night sky is incredible."



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