About Us

Kia Ora friends! We are a locally owned and operated business on the stunning East Cape of Aotearoa.

My partner Shanti and I have always dreamed of creating a space which could encompass all of our passions; creative expression, nature appreciation, connection, good food and community. After doing our dash in the big smoke we decided to opt for a simpler existence. A life that would bring us back to nature, ourselves and one another. Little did we know that our dreams would manifest in the form of a boutique campground in Gisborne.

When we stepped on the scene in April 2019 the space was in desperate need of some TLC. With the help of family, friends and team, we were able to combine our skills and efforts to give it an extreme makeover, campground edition.

We are grateful to be here, waking up to the world’s first sunrise each morning and love to share the beauty of this whenua with everyone.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you soon,

Shanti & Nathan
Camp Mum and Dad.

A little history

This small patch of paradise is interestingly packed with rich history. From being the local watering hole to literally being covered in water there’s be no shortage of events . Way back before the campground was established this site was home to the infamous ‘Tatapouri Hotel’. Many hold fond memories of wild parties and social gatherings from their glory days, it was the place to be. Unfortunately, it wasn’t all fun and games as the Hotel suffered several tragedies. Starting with the original building burning down (pictured right) in 1962 which was later rebuilt. Twenty-one years later on the 27 March 1947, at 8.32am, an earthquake generated one of the largest tsunamis in New Zealand’s historical record which hit the coast of Tatapouri. A second fire destroyed the building in 1996 thus putting a final end to “The Tata” as it was known by locals.

 

Since then, it has been running as a campground but we’re determined to bring back the excitement and fun that “The Tata” so gloriously provided to so many people. Starting with our café named in its honour which has already received raving reviews. We’re paying homage to those that hold this place dear whilst re-imaging it to be a fresh new scene to gather and share in its beauty.

Our Sustainability

  • Encourage guests and staff to Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle
  • Living wage employer
  • Paid day for staff to do volunteer work
  • Community engagement through workshops and events
  • Collaborate with other businesses committed to sustainability
  • Safe tap spring water and water filters for campers use
  • Provide communal cutlery/crockery in communal kitchen, reduce single use
  • Promote the use of reusable cups
  • Use of environmentally friendly products where possible
  • Lighting in communal facilities on a daylight switch to conserve energy
  • Native trees planting
  • Support local and NZ suppliers

Stay connected with us #TatapouriBay

A picture perfect day at Tatapouri Bay 🙌 One of A picture perfect day at Tatapouri Bay 🙌 One of our glamping tents has clear panels which means you can stargaze from bed 😍
Could a Sunday be more well spent than lounging ar Could a Sunday be more well spent than lounging around seaside with friends? Thanks for joining us out here in paradise 🙌 We're open Sat/Sun from 8am-3pm
"Coachella was cancelled so I decided to come here "Coachella was cancelled so I decided to come here instead and it's literally so Instagram worthy." - Influencer, Tracey
Each of our Zen Cabins have been carefully designe Each of our Zen Cabins have been carefully designed down to the finest detail to make your stay extra magical ✨
Join us for a very special Sunday Session - "Side Join us for a very special Sunday Session - "Side Hustle" Edition on this Sunday 14th November 🙌 This is part of Tairāwhiti's celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2021. We'd love to have you along 🥳 Here's a shot of our beautiful friend and very talented artist, Tilly ✨
Our beachfront Zen Cabins have recieved raving rev Our beachfront Zen Cabins have recieved raving reviews 🙌 Apparently the photos "don't do them justice" but wouldn't you rather something turn out better in person? 😉
Our glamping tents are back in action and loving i Our glamping tents are back in action and loving it 😍 A wonderful way to escape the mayhem and watch the sunrise from bed.
Waves + horses = majestic ✨ 🧚‍♀️ Wishi Waves + horses = majestic ✨ 🧚‍♀️ Wishing you a wonderful long weekend friends 💜
Our Sunrie Yoga Sessions are starting again this w Our Sunrie Yoga Sessions are starting again this weekend! So we'd thought it a good time to introduce the amazingly talented Victoria from @vowyoga 🌞 Originally from Oregon, Victoria moved to Gizzy last year and was one of our inaugural yoga teachers. After 10+ years of teaching yoga, outdoor classes are decidedly her favorite. She believes yoga is at its best when it helps deepen our connections to Nature and community, and Tatapouri is the perfect place to do that! When not at Tatapouri you are likely to see her at Reset Yoga, where she also teaches weekly, in the water trying to get waves, or on the beach loving on all the dogs (big Miso fan). We hope to see you - 23th & 24th October at 6:45am right on the water's edge 🙌 ($10 to the instructor)
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