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Department of Conservation Huts + Camping


Huts - Department of Conservation
Hut Bookings   Fees   Mt Heale Hut   Kaiaraara Hut
Book online or

Ph.  (09) 4290044 or (09) 3796476
Email: aucklandvc@doc.govt.nz

  Adult  $15 per night
Child   $7.50 per night (5-17 yrs)
Under 5 free
  This new hut has 20 beds in two rooms. It also has two toilets, gas cooking falities , a water supply and two deck areas, where you can enjoy excellent views of the Hauraki Gulf.   This back country jut has 28 bunk beds, a wood stove, toilet and cold running water.
Camping -Doc + Private    
  Doc Campsites
DoC Fees & Information Medlands   Awana   Whangaparapara (The Green)

The following information has been taken directly from DOC's website

For more detailed descriptions, location and booking, please visit the website

Camp Fees
Adult  $10 per night
Child   $ 5 per night (5-17 years)
Infants free


Campgrounds are normally full over Christmas and New Year - bookings recommended.
Fees are payable at time of booking otherwise a self-registration system is in operation at each campground. A campground supervisor may collect fees during peak periods.
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Ph.  (09) 4290044 or (09) 3796476
Email: aucklandvc@doc.govt.nz

Notes for all camping on the island
Camping is only permitted in designated areas. All campsites are located on, or near beaches or protected land in the interest of protecting the environment, animals are not permitted.

WATER - Drinking water quality cannot be guaranteed.  It is recommended that water be boiled or treated prior to drinking.
All campgrounds have toilets and a water supply.  

FIRE - Fire is the single greatest danger to our environment and permits are required for all outdoor fires with the exceptions of gas barbecues. Fire fighting equipment is limited and help may take some time to arrive.

CAMP STOVES - Canisters are not permitted to be carried by plane.  They are available from Hooked on Barrier (located near Claris Airfield).
Ph 09 4290740

Ferry and airport transfers to the campgrounds must be booked before you arrive on the island.  Buses operate "on demand" and can also be booked to take you around the island.
 GBI Shuttle Buses on
09 4290062  
email gbi shuttle buses
Surrounded by a mix of farmland, holiday homes and sand dunes, the campsite is sheltered and overlooks a tidal stream. The estuary is safe for swimmng and the beautiful beach is popular for surfing. Vehicle access to launch boats for fishing. There is a shop and cafe approximately 4km north, and another shop and cafe approx 6km to the south of the campsite.
Tentsites - 70
Surrounded by farmland and dunes, the grassy campsites are next to Awana estuary (bring your mosquito repellend). Walk 300m to one of the island's best surf beaches. Surf, swim and sea kayak. Explore historic sites. Endangered bird speciesituated at Awana Estuary, approx 400m from popular surf beach.  Endangered bird species are found here - please do not disturb and take special care during the nesting season.
Tentsites - 60
Set amongst remains of timber milling, kauri logging and whaling history, the Green is the smallest DOC campground on the island. North of here is the entry to the track network and Forest Road (closed to vehicles), with foot access to the hot springs and Port Fitzroy to the north. Nearby Whangaparapara has a wharf and small community. The harbour and coastline are good for fishing and kayaking. 
Tentsites - 15
Harataonga Okiwi (Whngapaoua) Port Fitzroy (Akapoua)
Situated between two streams overlooking Overtons Beach, with shelter under mature trees. Surrounded by farmland and bush. Fishing, diving, snorkelling and swimming at the beach, a 300m walk from the campsite. Under mature trees approx 300m from the beach.  Endangered bird species are found here - please do not disturb and take special care during the nesting season.
Tentsites - 60
Set in farmland overlooking the Whangapoua estuary and a popular surf beach with good fishing. There are stunning views of Mt Hirakimata and Rakitu Island. A short walk gives access to the historic Wairarapa grave site at the northern end of the beach. Endangered bird species are found here - please do not disturb and take special care during the nesting season.
Tentsites - 75
Camp in a sheltered bay amongst beautiful pohutukawa trees. DOC office is next door and a wharf, shop, fuel depot and post office are nearby. This is a popular place for families and boaties. Shingle beach, Gateway to a track network. Good fishing in the harbour.
Tentsites -30 
Private Campsites
Mickeys Campground
  Sugarloaf Campground
Kaitoke Beach
Large campground set on farm with mature trees.
Water, toilets, hot showers, cook house and wet weather shelter.
Tariff $5 per person per night
Ph 09 4290707
  Shaded by the 80 year old podocarps, on the southern area of beautiful Kaitoke Beach, this camping area is also close to the Mermaid pool.
Water, toilets, showers.
Ph 09 4290229  Email Sugarloaf Campground


General Information  

Peak season

High Season
Low Season


General Enquiries

is from around 23rd December to 11th January and most holiday weekends. It is recommended that you book your accommodation before the end of September unless you are camping. 
is generally from end of October (Labour weekend) to Easter.
normally starts after Easter and runs to end of October (not including Labour Weekend).
if you are unable to find accommodation during peak times, please contact the visitor centre - details below. We can take your details and contact you if suitable accommodation becomes available.
contact the operators direct for bookings and enquiries.

contact the visitor centre on the island (located on the main road outside Claris Airport)
Ph 09 4290767 
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Great Barrier Island Information Office
(turn left when leaving the carpark)
Ph:       (09) 4290767
Email: info@greatbarrierisland.co.nz

Open  8am - 6pm (Mon - Sat)
           9am - 6pm (Sun)

PLEASE NOTE:   There are NO ATMS and NO BANKS on the island.  There is NO PUBLIC TRANSPORT on the island
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Last modified: October 10, 2016