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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 three 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 campsites, wash and shower facilities, two flushing toilet blocks, playground and summer seasonal services, including mobile shop and camp staff located onsite.  There are a limited number of powered sites, at an extra charge of $10 per night that must be booked as per the other sites at the camp ground.

Promenade Point has camping areas and a new toilet block however no shower facilities, and is a true relaxed kiwiana camping experience.

There is a strict no pet’s 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.

Normal Maritime rules apply on all waterways - under those rules boats are restricted to a speed of no more than 5 knots within 200 metres of the shore.

Click on this link to see a map of these areas.
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.
Pine Beach and Promenade Point Camp Grounds
Taharoa Domain has two established camp grounds located on the beachfront of Lake Taharoa.  Both offer a true kiwi camping experience for tents, caravans or motorhomes.

Click on this link to see the camping rules in detail.
  • 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 kitchen facilities.
  • Powered and non-powered sites.  There are a limited number of powered sites at an extra charge of $10 per night, which are to be booked as per the other sites at the camp ground
  • Ice available from office.
  • Small shop onsite - bread, milk, takeaways, cold drinks (open peak times).
  • Internet Wi Fi 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
Extra Charge Powered Sites
Pine Beach powered sites have an extra charge of $10 per night and must be booked as per all other sites


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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Main lakes office

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Camp ground bookings and prices contact:
Kai Iwi Lakes Office
Telephone/Fax: (09) 439 0986 
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 10 years old.  The Taharoa Domain surrounds the Kai Iwi Lakes.
  • The Taharoa Domain Governance Committee has been working on a review of the Domain’s Reserve Management Plan over the last year;
  • The Committee expects to release for public consideration and submissions a draft Reserve Management Plan before Christmas;
  • The Reserve Management Plan will address the long term vision of the use, enjoyment and protection of the lakes;
  • It will also address the appropriateness of continued use of the lakes by powered craft – including safety and environmental issues; and
  • Members of the public are encouraged to engage in the public consultation process once the draft Reserve Management Plan is released.
You can view the existing Taharoa Domain Reserve Management Plan 
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