South Taranaki has 8 recognised campgrounds across the district. Seven of these have formal charges and one is run as a ”Freedom” camp but donations are encouraged.

 Opunake Beach Holiday Park

Opunake features stunning views of the coastline and the iconic Mount Taranaki. Opunake Beach Holiday Park  has a unique beachfront location in a sheltered sandy bay surrounded by crimson Pohutukawa trees. A popular summer camping spot for families, couples and groups! Click here for more information.

Contact: Camp Office: (06) 761 7525

Hawera Holiday Park 

Ideally located beside King Edward Park, the PowerCo Aquatic Centre and the TSB Hub, the motorcamp has 6 Cabins, powered sites and unpowered. A handy 5 minute walk to the local CBD and other attractions such as Naumai Park, the Water Tower and I-Site makes this a perfect spot for a family holiday or the passing traveller. Internet is available for purchase (Zenbu).

Cabin (sleeps 5)

$50 for 1-2 persons ($15 per night for each extra person)

Ensuite Cabin

$90 for 1-2 persons

Powered site

$30 for 1-2 persons ($15 per night for each extra person)

Unpowered site

$20 for 1-2 persons ($15 per night for each extra person) 

You can book by ringing 0800 111 323 or emailing

Patea Dam

The journey starts at the end of Ball Road – just North of Patea. The road is unsealed and not for the faint hearted, but you will be rewarded by the atmosphere of this special place.  Excellent bushwalks, hot showers, boat ramp for many water activities. NZ’s longest manmade lake. Fee: $5 per site per night (based on a family of 4).

Contact: South Taranaki District Council 0800 111 323

Wai-inu Beach

New Zealand the way it was. Situated on Nukumaru Parade, Waitotara beach. Toilets and children’s playground. Right on the beachfront.  Long beach walks, fishing, boat access. Maximum stay is 50 days. Room for motorhomes, various unpowered sites. Instructions on using this campground can be found at the entrance.Set fees apply at $10 per site per night from 1 December to the end of February, otherwise $5 per site per night.

Contact: South Taranaki District Council 0800 111 323

Kaupokonui Beach Motorcamp

Kaupokonui Beach Camp is located on Kaupokonui Heads Road – Off Lower Glenn Road, Manaia.

Kaupokonui is a beautiful unique setting with many original kiwi bachs surrounding the campsite and lower reserve. It is a very family friendly place and well worth the trip to enjoy amongst other things a breathtaking sunset. The campground boasts recently renovated cabins, 1 cabin sleeps up to 5 and a big family cabin that can sleep up to 7 ($20 per night per person). There are also 26 powered sites ($38 per night) and unpowered sites ($35 per night). There is a small shop that opens during the summer that provides basic necessities. Also available; children’s play area, river for swimming and fishing – as well as a safe swimming area in the sea and surf beach.

Special winter rates from May 1st till September 30th.


Laurence and Sue– phone 06 274 8577

Patea/Carlyle Beach Motorcamp

Situated at picturesque Mana Bay, Patea and close to the walkway, the beach, the boat ramp and children’s playground. Four Cabins and numerous powered and unpowered campsites. Check out the Patea Beach Motorcamp website for more information.

Contact: South Taranaki District Council 0800 111 323

Waverley Camp

Formal fees paid on an honesty system to the Waverley LibraryPlus office. Situated on Coleman Ave Waverley Beach. 1 Cabin ($10.00 per night, no power), 25 sites powered ($12.00 per night) and numerous others unpowered ($10.00 per night). Close to the beach and children’s playground.

Contact: Waverley LibraryPlus 0800 111 323

Te Ngutu O Te Manu

Run on an honesty system $5 per night (2 people) $1 per extra person. Childrens playground and a large area for camping, cricket and other activities. There are no powered sites but toilet facilities are available. Situated on Ahipaipa Road, Okaiawa. A very interesting historical site dating back to the Taranaki land wars. A relaxing place with plenty of birdlife away from it all.

Contact: South Taranaki District Council 0800 111 323

Eltham Presbyterian Campsite

Eltham Presbyterian Campsite is located in Central Taranaki within easy  distance of many local attractions - Lake Rotokare, Egmont National Park, Dawson  Falls, Pioneer Village, and Tawhiti Museum  and only 52 kms or 40 minutes from New Plymouth! 

We are situated right on the edge of Eltham township  and our three hectare property  is ideal for outdoor activities including tenting, swimming, kayaking, barbecues,archery and many other outdoor sports.  The Eltham Campsite is ideal for school and youth groups, visiting sports teams,church groups, scouts and girl guides, and kindred  organisations that run camps as part of their activities.

We are also used by groups as a venue to run training sessions and seminars. Wireless broadband is freely available.

At times we can cater to those passing through who want accommodation for a night or two.

Cabin, camper van or tent site $15 per person. Free or discounted for NZMCA members.

Self contained accommodation from $60 per night. Linen available for hire.

Please phone the Manager Rosanne on 06 7648201, text on 0220987629 or call in at 28 Bridger Place.