Kai Iwi Lakes (Taharoa Domain)

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.

The Taharoa Domain has 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.

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

Bookings and availability

Bookings and availability

Bookings can only be made for the same financial year, (1st July to 30th June), i.e. bookings for October 2023 will be available for sale from 1st July 2023.

For real time availability and to make a booking at our campgrounds please refer to our website, as spaces may open due to cancellations. We are not operating a wait list due to the quantity of enquiries we are receiving.

Payment information

Payment must be made prior to your arrival date, either online or by bank transfer.

Internet Banking:
Account Name: Kaipara District Council
Bank: Bank of New Zealand
Account Number: 02-0308-0090743-09

Credit Card payments using Visa or MasterCard only are accepted on our Council website

There is a fee of 2.10% per transaction for this service (with a minimum fee of $1.00 per transaction).

Please reference booking reference when making a payment.

Cancellation Policy

Accommodation is non-refundable and non-transferable should guests decide to alter or leave before their scheduled departure date.  This includes (but not limited to) change of mind and inclement weather.  Date changes are permitted if within the same season (01 July to 30 June), no less than seven (7) days’ notice and are subject to availability.


Taharoa Domain has two established campgrounds located on the beachfront of Lake Taharoa. Both offer a true camping experience for tents, caravans or motorhomes.

So that all can enjoy their camping experience at the lakes please refer to our campground rules.

How to contact/find us

Phone: 0800 727 059
Email: lakes@kaipara.govt.nz
Website: http://kaiiwicamp.nz
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KaiIwiCamp/

If you're having trouble booking on the website please email lakes@kaipara.govt.nz 

Bookings and availability

Bookings can only be made for the same financial year (01 July to 30 June) i.e. bookings for October 2023 will be available from 01 July 2023.

Pine Beach Campground

Pine Beach offers both non-powered camping and powered campsites, flush toilets, hand wash basins, hot showers, rubbish collection, and road access for all types of vehicles, providing a popular family camping experience.

Maximum capacity – 480 guests

Fees effective 01 November 2022 

  • Non-powered camping (per person)
    • $20.00 per adult per night (15 years +)
    • $10.00 per child per night (5 to 14 years)
    • 4 years and under are free
  • Powered sites (per person)
    • $25.00 per adult per night (15 years +)
    • $10.00 per child per night (5 to 14 years)
    • 4 years and under are free

Promenade Point Campground

Promenade Point has a more remote or natural camping experience and design, offering non-powered camping only.  Facilities include a unisex toilet block, however there are no shower facilities.

Maximum capacity – 120 guests

Fees effective 01 November 2022 

  • Non-powered camping (per person):
    • $15.00 per adult per night (15 years +)
    • $8.00 per child per night (5 to 14 years)
    • 4 years and under are free

Dogs and pets

Dogs and pets are not permitted on the Taharoa Domain (land area surrounding Kai Iwi Lakes) as we need to protect our native fauna and flora. 

A disability assist or public service dog (as interpreted in the Dog Control Act 1996), may be permitted with written approval.  Verifiable evidence of certification by one of the organisations listed below will be required in all circumstances.

Public service dogs

These dogs are trained for the specific purpose of the government agency that owns them.

Owned and trained by:

·         New Zealand Police

·         New Zealand Customs Service

·         Department of State

·         Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management

·         Department of Conservation.

Disability assist dogs

Disability assist dogs are registered with one of these organisations:

·         Assistance Dogs New Zealand

·         Hearing Dogs for Deaf People New Zealand

·         K9 Medical Detection New Zealand

·         Mobility Assistance Dogs Trust

·         New Zealand Epilepsy Assist Dogs Trust

·         Perfect Partners Assistance Dogs Trust

·         Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind Incorporated

Electric Vehicle Charging

There is NOT a dedicated electric vehicle charging station located on the Taharoa Domain. To access a powered site for charging at Pine Beach, you must have a confirmed booking and a single phase 15 amp round plug (caravan plug) is required to connect to the power supply.

Non-powered and powered camp sites

Non-powered camping

When booking non-powered camping at our campgrounds, you require spaces equivalent to the number of people in your group, including children 5 years and over. You are not booking a site.  This is to ensure we do not exceed our allowable maximum campers in the campground at any given time. 

Non-powered campers can set up anywhere in the campground, excluding the powered sites area and day visitor areas, and is a first come basis. 

Powered site camping

When booking powered camping at our campgrounds, charges apply per person/per night.  Each site is capped to a maximum of five people (including children 5 years and over).  This is to ensure we do not exceed our allowable maximum campers in the campground at any given time.

Taharoa Domain Bylaw 2019

The Taharoa Domain Bylaws 2019 supports the policies of the Reserve Management Plan for the Taharoa Domain in controlling the aquatic activities on lakes in the Reserve. It should be read in conjunction with Northland Regional Council’s Navigation Safety Bylaw 2017.

Water Safety

Water Safety

Kai Iwi Lakes may look calm and serene, but water is dangerous. Please take extreme caution when swimming in the lakes and ensure everyone has a safety watch looking out for each other.  We want to ensure everyone goes home safely.  

·         You are less buoyant in lake water than sea water

·         The darker water is approximately 30 metres deep

·         There is no lifeguard on duty - if you are not a fully competent swimmer, we recommend you wear a floating device.

Maritime Rules

Maritime rules apply on all waterways.  Power-driven vessels must comply with the provisions of the Navigational Safety Bylaw and must not exceed five knots unless an exemption has been granted by the Northland Regional Council Harbour Master.  More detailed information relating to the use of power-driven vessels, i.e. boats, jet ski’s is available here.