Welcome to the best family camp in Northland!

Our camp is situated on the Ruakaka estuary entering the sea. It is very clean, friendly and family orientated in park-like grounds, situated on 13ha of peninsular. It’s one of the largest camp sites in New Zealand with 264 power sites, 80 non-powered sites and 9 backpacker cabins. A number of sites offer stunning views of the estuary and sea views, some with the water right at the edge of your site.

We are halfway between Auckland and the Bay of Islands (134 km north of Auckland and 32km south east of Whangarei). The perfect place to stop as we are only seconds from SH1. 

Safe estuary for swimming and kayaking with a surf beach within short walking distance. The surf beach is patrolled over the summer period.

Ruakaka Town Centre is only 4km away and includes a supermarket and a variety of smaller specialty stores. Oasis Dairy backs onto our holiday park which provides most conveniences you require.

Marsden Cove Marina, located at Marsden Bay, is a short drive from the holiday park where you can launch your boat safely with easy access to the harbour or ocean for fishing and other water activities. 


Holiday Season

Our holiday park is open all year round but it is highly recommended to book in advance from Christmas to mid-January as we are almost always booked out; however the best time for sunny weather in recent times occurs from mid January through April when bookings are more readily available. Although the summer is a busy time you will still find we have plenty of space for your family to come and enjoy the company of other campers and enjoy our outdoor environment.

During the quieter months is a lovely time to relax and enjoy the tranquility listening to the sea and birds. In this quieter period you will be able to choose your own site as close to the water as you wish to take full advantage of the beautiful sea views.

Our Facilities

Modern Amenities
Generous Kitchens
Full Laundry
Covered Safe Playground

Within the holiday park you will find a tennis court, playground, volleyball area and large grass areas for all your family activities.

Our amenities blocks include kitchens, laundry, hot showers and toilets. Disabled bathroom facilities are available on request. 

Our kitchens are available to all campers and contain sinks with hot and cold water, hot plates, small ovens, microwaves, toasters, hot water zips, fridges, freezers, tables and chairs. 

Showers require tokens to operate which are available for purchase at the office.

Our laundries contain washers and driers which are coin operated.

We have a designated boat parking area, boat wash area and fish cleaning facilities.


Our Cabins

The following prices are effective 1st July 2017

Small Cabin

Sleeps 2 $65.00

Small Cabins

Our 5 Small cabins are basic rooms, side by side. Each cabin is one small room, 2 cabins have 2 single beds and 3 cabins have a double bed. Both layouts also consist of fridge, jug and toaster. All beds in the cabins are made with a fitted bottom sheet and pillows with covers. Campers are required to supply their own linen, cooking and eating utensils.

Communal toilets, showers, kitchen and laundry are nearby.

Campers are welcome to bring their own gazebo, outdoor table and chairs and gas BBQ to be used within their area outside the cabin.

Family Cabin

Sleeps 2 adults 2 children $95.00

Family Cabins

Our 3 Family cabins are basic rooms, side by side. Each cabin is one large room which consists of 2 double beds with single bunks on top, fridge, jug, toaster and a small table and chairs.

All beds in the cabins are made with a fitted bottom sheet and pillows with covers. Campers are required to supply their own linen, cooking and eating utensils.

Communal toilets, showers, kitchen and laundry are nearby.

Campers are welcome to bring their own gazebo, outdoor table and chairs and gas BBQ to be used within their area outside the cabin.

Kitchen Cabin

Sleeps 2 adults $105.00

Kitchen Cabin

The Kitchen Cabin consists of 2 rooms, one containing a sofa, kitchenette with small oven/hot plate, fridge/freezer and microwave, cooking and eating utensils included.

The second room contains a double bed with all linen provided.

A large sunny deck with outdoor table and chairs is accessible from both rooms.

This cabin has limited water views overlooking Camp 3, 4 and 6.

Toilets and showers are on the same ground level and close by. 


Linen Hire

Per Bed/Stay

Shower Tokens

5 Mins Hot Water $0.60c


Washers & Dryers

Camp Sites

The following prices are effective 1st July 2017

Powered Site

2 People from $40.00

Tent Site

2 People $35.00

Extra Adult

16 years and over $15.00

Extra Child

5-15 Years each $6.50


0 – 4 Years FREE

Camp 1

Camp 1 is the first camp site you come into when coming to Ruakaka Bach Holiday Park. It is one of the most sheltered camping areas within the 13Ha of reserve peninsular that is our Holiday Park. This area is the home of the historic Clapham Hall, moved to the camp site in 1956.

Camp 1 has 58 powered sites, most of which are suitable for both tents and caravans. The nearest amenities block is Camp 5, please refer to map. During the peak period a small toilet block near the playground is also open.

There is a tennis court situated in the middle of Camp 1 which is available for use by all campers. Camp 1 is also very close to the playground.

Another feature of the camp is the closeness of the fish cleaning, boat parking and washing facilities.

Camp 2

Camp 2 is the original Ruakaka Camp. In the middle of the last century campers came from far and wide to Ruakaka to camp and then the only access would be to cross the estuary at low tide and set up their tents in what is now Camp 2. No other camps existed. Today Camp 2 campers enjoy modernised facilities, not like those back then. 

Today the camp has a main amenities block whcsh includes a kitchen, laundry, showers and toilets. There are also several small toilet and shower facilities close by.

A favourite with all the kids, young and old “The Jetty” where many a “kid” has enjoyed their summer holidays swimming and canoeing and just exploring the Ruakaka estuary. This is part of the original walking bridge to access the camp.

Camp 2 has a total of 41 powered sites which are suitable for both caravans and tents.

Camp 3

Camp 3 is the longest camp and has 59 powered sites, most of which are suitable for both tents and caravans.

The peninsular point of Camp 3 is a favourite for weddings and other celebrations due to its stunning water views. 

Camp 3 runs down the centre of camp so it has close access to all amenities and facilities.

The bottom end of Camp 3 is close to the playground and volleyball area.

Camp 4

Most sites in Camp 4 have stunning views of the estuary and sea with many entries to the sand and water.

There are 45 powered sites in this area, most of which are suitable for both caravans and tents.

Camp 4 has a main amenities block consisting of kitchen, laundry, toilets and showers. This block also has a disabled bathroom available on request.

Camp 5

Camp 5 is our smallest camp area, consisting of 14 powered sites, but is in a very desirable central location as it is close to the playground, volleyball area, tennis court and a main amenities block. 

Some sites in this area have sea views overlooking Camp 3, 4 and 6. 

Camp 5 is situated on the top of a hill with the cabins close by at the bottom. This is ideal for family and friend groups which require some members in cabins.

The main amenities block in Camp 5 consists of kitchen, laundry, showers and toilets. 

Camp 6

Camp 6 is our most popular non-powered area and consists of 38 sites. This area is a favourite for families in tents all year round due to the large grass area ideal for family games. Caravans who do not require power are also welcome in this area.

This area has easy access to both the playground and the estuary including the beach.

Camp 6 is situated in a central area between 3 large amenities blocks – Camp 4, Camp 5 and Camp 8.

Camp 7

Camp 7 consists of 30 sites – 28 non-powered and 2 powered. The powered sites in this area are numbers 29 and 30.

This camp area is most suitable for families and friends in tents. It is close to 3 main amenities blocks – Camp 4, Camp 5 and Camp 8.

Both the playground and estuary are easily accessible from this area as well as easy walking access to the beach and surf club.

Camp 8

This is our newest area in camp and consists of 20 non-powered sites suitable for tents. 

With a new amenities block consisting of kitchen. laundry, showers, toilets and a large outdoor deck it is quickly becoming a favourite spot for many returning campers. 

Camp 8 also has a disabled bathroom available on request. 

There is easy access to the estuary and a short walk to the surf beach from this area in camp.

Camp 9

Camp 9 was originally part of Camp 5. It consists of 30 sites – 19 powered and 11 non-powered. The first 8 powered sites are along the entrance road alongside the cabins. These sites are more suited to families with no children.

The remaining sites wrap around the end and back of our boat park area, these sites are in a quieter area of camp due to less car movement past sites. The non-powered sites are sites 11 – 21.

Many boat owners choose this area due to closeness and convenience of boat parking.

Camp 9 is close to 2 main amenities blocks – Camp 5 and Camp 8.

Site Set-up

All caravans/tents (including awnings must be positioned inside the dotted lines to give a 3m gap between sites. Only 1 campervan or 1 caravan & awning per site. Caravan draw bar must face towards road. Tent walls must be within dotted line area. Ropes may go out to site boundary lines. Campervans must park parallel to dotted line, facing the front or back of the site
Sites are 5m wide x 8m deep inside dotted line area.

Site Setup 1

PLEASE NOTE: Management reserves the right to refuse admission and to remove from the campground any person who in their opinion does not conduct themselves in a decent and reasonable manner. If any of these rules or Health & Safety & Fire Regulations are breached, you may be required to leave the park without a refund. Any violence, possession of drugs, excessive consumption of alcohol causing nuisance will result in eviction.

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This information is to help make everyone’s stay safe and enjoyable.

EMERGENCY CONTACTS:  Emergency phone 09 4327590 & press “2” or Go to the Office for assistance or if office closed press “Call” button outside office door to contact staff for assistance.

SIRENS:Fire A long, loud siren sounds for our volunteer Fire brigade to alert them. This siren will stop    after a short time. Please do not panic if you hear this, we will inform you if it is an emergency for us.Tsunami A high pitched, continuous, alarm sounding siren will sound if our area has a Tsunami warning. If this siren sounds please ready yourself to evacuate immediately. Staff will inform you of evacuation procedures in this event.

EVACUATION: Assembly point is beside Camp Office.  Please follow instructions from staff.

DEPARTURE TIME:  BY 11am – Please vacate the site by 11am to allow us to mow and prepare the site for the next camper arriving. Late check out fees may apply after this time.

ALCOHOL:  To be consumed on your site or cabin area only please.

ANIMALS:  Sorry no animals are permitted in the Park at any time as we need to comply with DOC rules.

BICYCLES / SKATEBOARDS:  Sorry No bicycles, skate/roller blades, scooters or skateboards are to be ridden in the grounds.  This is for safety reasons, please push or carry them out to the street and ride from there.

BOATS / JETSKI:  please park boat/jetski in designated boat park areas – see map. Boat wash hours 8am – 9pm – Gold coin donation in green box at Fish cleaning bench.  Boats/jetski are not permitted to be parked on campsites.

CHILDREN:  For your child’s safety & wellbeing please supervise them at all times in amenity blocks and playground area.

CLEANING OF AMENITIES:  All amenities blocks will be cleaned between 9.30am and 1pm daily. Please follow all signs and staff instruction. For your own and staff safety we cannot allow entry while cleaning is in progress – one block only will be closed at a time so there will be facilities available for use at all times.

CONDUCT & NOISE: Our quiet time is from 11pm to 7am. Please keep noise to a minimum between this period and be considerate to other campers.   Reasonable behavior is expected at all times.  If you have any concerns or wish to complain please either contact the Office or push the “Call” button by the office door.

DUMP STATIONS: Chemical Toilets/Waster Water – Please empty your cassettes for grey & black water into allocated dump stations. These areas are marked on the Map. You must have a container to collect your grey water, please do not let it run onto the ground. Camp 4 Dump Station is accessible by vehicle.  The other two stations are accessible by foot only.  Please use hose to rinse off concrete pad once you have finished.

EWOF: All caravans & campervans must have a current Warrant of Electrical Fitness visible & comply with LPG Standard (NZS5428 1996) if they wish to plug into our campground power outlets.FIRE: Fireworks, Charcoal or Fire Barbecues, Braziers, Open flame fish smoker, Open fires are NOT permitted to be used in this Park. There is a complete Fire Ban on this property.

FISH CLEANING:  See designated area- see map/Please wrap bodies & place in wheelie bins/No bait in camp fridges or freezers please.

GATE CARD: Please scan card to enter and exit. This card is for registered campers only & to be used for their vehicles only.  Each vehicle requires its own gate card.  Please do not swap to use on other vehicles or follow other vehicles through the gate.  A lost gate card will incur a $25 replacement fee.

GATES:  Opens at 6am and closes at 10pm – Please wait until barrier arm closes before using your gate card. If returning outside these hours please park in visitors carpark and walk in.

GROUNDS / BANKS:  To help protect our trees and future shelter & shade, we ask you to please keep off the banks and out of gardens.

LAUNDRY:  Coin operated ($2 coins required).  Washing machines and Dryers – $4.00 wash & $4.00 dry.  

LOST / FOUND PROPERTY:  Please inform the Office of any lost or found property.

METERED FACILITIES:  Showers – 1 token = 5 minute shower    Kitchen – 1 token = 30 minutes cooking.  Tokens are available for purchase from the Office.

PLAYGROUND:  Hours of use are 7.30am to 10pm. Please supervise your children in this area.

REFUNDS: No refunds are given for cancellations or early departures due to indifferent weather or other circumstances.  Days booked are days paid for.  Please see Refund Policy on your booking.

RUBBISH:  We have provided recycling bins, please help us to look after the environment and use the correct bin.  Please wrap any broken glass or any sharp objects.  Thank you.

SMOKING:  The Cabins and Park buildings are smoke free.  Failing to respect this policy could incur a cleaning fee and be liable for any damages incurred. Smoke alarms are fitted in all buildings.

TENTS: Powered sites – electricity can only be connected via an approved isolating transformer or RCD safety switch  – Campers Lead.  

TRAILERS:  Please park in designated parking areas, not on campsites.  Refer to Map.

VEHICLES:  1 vehicle per site. Speed 5kms.  No car movement between 10pm – 6am. No washing vehicle on camp site. Vehicles can be washed in the boat wash area. Please no parking on empty sites, walkways or roads. This is for the safety of campers, failure to follow rules could result to your vehicle being denied.

VISITORS:  Visitors hours are from 8am to 10pm. Visitors are required to register in the Visitors Book at the gate entry as they enter the Park.  Visitors must adhere to the camp rules & are your responsibility.  Visitor car parking area is beside the entrance to the Holiday Park.

WATER:  Water at all the taps indoor/outdoor is safe for drinking, it is from our local Council Town Supply. It is metered so please help conserve water.  Please no water bombs, slides or pistols.

Thank you for your co-operation, it makes your stay and our job so much more enjoyable, it’s much appreciated.