Taharoa Domain Kai Iwi Lakes Taonga of Kaipara

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Northland's Shining Jewel. Come stay and play at Kai Iwi Lakes, Taharoa Domain, one of New Zealand's best holiday spots. Only 3 hours from Auckland, 35 kilometres from Dargaville. Nestled amongst 538 hectares of premier recreation reserve with white sand freshwater dune lakes renowned for their jewel-like beauty and clear waters.

Perfect for a wonderful camping experience with the choice of two camp grounds located on lake foreshore, both offering an ideal camping experience for tents, caravans or motorhomes.

Pine Beach has camp sites, wash and shower facilities, two flushing toilet blocks, playground and summer seasonal services, including mobile shop and camp staff located onsite and available, Andrew and Leanne Howells are your hosts.

Promenade Point has camping areas, a new toilet block however no shower facilities, and is true relaxed kiwiana camping experience. There is a strict no pets and dogs policy to protect the native wildlife.

The Taharoa Domain reserve's beautiful crystal clear Kai Iwi Lakes are ideal for safe swimming, kayaking, fishing, boating and water skiing. Explore and enjoy bush and open country walking tracks with native wildlife and revegetation programme making this a premier Northland reserve close to surf beaches, Waipoua Forest and other Kauri Coast and Northland attractions.

Kai Iwi Lakes Playground

Kaipara District Council would like to thank Ross Archer from Playco and Joe Moores from Commercial Play Systems for their Proposal and their support for establishing the new playground at the Kai Iwi Lakes camp ground.  
Without this, the wonderful playground for the children to enjoy would not have been possible.

To see more, please click here.


Pine Beach and Promenade Point Camp Grounds

Taharoa Domain has two established camp grounds located on the beach front of Lake Taharoa. Both offer a true kiwi camping experience for tents, caravans or motorhomes.



  • Bookings are made per person, not per campsite

  • Bookings are required at all times of the year

  • Payment is required in FULL within 14 days of making a booking

  • If your intended stay is within the 14 day period, payment is required at the time of the booking


  • There will be no refunds issued for any part of your stay including changes or amendments to numbers, early departures or non arrivals

Pine Beach (400 people)

  • Hot water showers

  • Flush toilets

  • No electricity or kitchen facilities

  • Ice avaliable from office

  • Small shop onsite - bread, milk, takeaways, cold drinks (open peak times)

  • Internet WiFi codes available from office.  $10 for 24 hours or $40 for one week

Promenade Point (100 people)

  • Flush toilets

  • Fresh drinking water

  • No electricity



Per adult, per night (15 years plus)


Per child, per night (3-14 years)

No Charge

Children under 3 years


Administration fee per paying person

Please click on the link below to view Feedback from Campers.

If you would like to have your say about a specific camp ground please email council@kaipara.govt.nz or click on the link below to give Feedback.

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Camp Ground Bookings and Prices Contact:
Andrew and Leanne Howells
Ph/Fax: (09) 439 4757
E-Mail: lakes@kaipara.govt.nz
Review of the Taharoa Domain Reserve Management Plan (Kai Iwi Lakes)

The Taharoa Domain Reserve Management Plan is now over ten years old.  The Taharoa Domain surrounds the Kai Iwi Lakes.  Review of the Plan is being undertaken by the Taharoa Domain Governance Committee (Kaipara District Council, Te Kuihi and Te Roroa).

You are invited to give your comments on the Reserve Management Plan.  The Plan outlines how the Domain is managed.  You can view the Taharoa Domain Reserve Management Plan HERE.

The Committee urge all iwi who enjoy the benefits of our beautiful lakes to submit their opinions on the review of the Reserve Management Plan.

The Committee will consider your comments when drafting a new Reserve Management Plan for the Taharoa Domain.  Once the Draft Plan is ready, it will be made available for the public to review and there will be an opportuinity for submissions to be made, including hearings, before a final Reserve Management Plan is adopted.

Please submit any comments you may have on the Taharoa Domain Reserve Management Plan HERE.

All comments must be received by 5pm on Friday 31 January 2014.