Places to stay

Te Paki Coastal Track

Kapowairua (Spirits Bay) Campsite
Kapowairua (Spirits Bay) Campsite
Campsite Standard Campsite (DOC). 45 spaces.
A serene campsite at the eastern end of Spirits Bay. Also known as Kapowairua, the bay was home the the Ngāti Kahu chief, Tōhē. Campsite offers flush toilets and cold showers.
Twilight Campsite
Campsite Basic Campsite (DOC). 25 spaces.
Overlooking Paengarēhia / Twilight Beach, this campsite is located on the Te Paki Coastal Track.
Tapotupotu Campsite
Tapotupotu Campsite
Campsite Standard Campsite (DOC). 45 spaces.
Coastal camping at the country's most northerly campsite. This campsite has a boatramp and cold showers. It is wheelchair accessible, with assistance. The nearby lagoon is suitable for swimming.
Pandora Campsite
Campsite Basic Campsite (DOC). 30 spaces.
Located at Whangākea / Pandora on the Te Paki Coastal Track, and overlooking Waitahora Lagoon.

Hut categories

Great Walks Hut
Well appointed DOC hut on one of the nine Great Walks. Great Walks pass required, bookings may be required. Facilities typically include toilets, heating, water, and bunks with mattresses. Some huts will have lighting, gas cooking, and a DOC ranger.
Serviced Hut
Larger, high standard hut. Many serviced huts have a booking system and must be booked in advance. Other huts require a back country hut pass or 3 hut tickets. Mostly owned by DOC. Facilities typically include a toilet, open fire or wood burner, water supply, and bunks with mattresses.
Serviced Alpine Hut
Alpine hut owned by DOC or clubs such as NZAC. Generally no heating. Payment varies. Facilities typically include a toilet, water supply, and bunks with mattresses.
Standard Hut
Typical DOC hut. Back country hut pass / 1 hut ticket required, no bookings. Facilities typically include a toilet, open fire or wood burner, and bunks with mattresses.
Basic Hut/Bivvy
Small DOC huts of 2-6 bunks. No fees or bookings. Facilities typically include a toilet and bunks with mattresses.

In general, food and cooking equipment is not available at huts. See DOC and NZAC websites for details of pricing and booking.

Campsite categories

Great Walks Campsite
Campsites are available on most Great Walks, usually next to huts. Great Walks pass required, bookings may be required. Toilets, water supply. No use of hut facilities not available.
Serviced, Scenic, or Standard Campsite
Accessible by car or boat, and offering a range of facilities.
Basic Campsite
Accessible by car or boat, but with minimal facilities. No fees or bookings. Toilet, water may be from stream.
Backcountry Campsite
Walk-in access. Fees vary. No bookings. Toilet, water may be from stream.