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

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)
Consider this an informal invitiation to join us o Consider this an informal invitiation to join us on Labour Weekend for the grand re-opening of our beachfront café 🙌 We have missed your lovely faces and have lots of delicious goodies to share with y'all. Hours will be: Saturday 23rd Oct - 8am to 3pm Sunday 24th Oct - 8am to 3pm Open every weekend until further notice, with added days over high season. Hope to see you here 😍
The kind of feedback that keeps us motivated 🙌 The kind of feedback that keeps us motivated 🙌 #nztravel #nzmustdo
Retro caravans are all the rave at the moment. No Retro caravans are all the rave at the moment. No need to wait for retirement, now is a better time than any 😍 Ft. Niki and Miso #caravanlife #glampingnz #travelnz
A candy coloured sky and waves that take our breat A candy coloured sky and waves that take our breath away 😍 Gizzy you absolute beauty. #travelnz #glamping #glampingnz #surfnz
One of the many sunrise yoga sessions held by @vow One of the many sunrise yoga sessions held by @vowyoga here at Tatapouri last summer. Looking forward to more of this magic ✨ We will keep you posted when classes are set to commence 😉
Our beloved glamping tents will be resurrected on Our beloved glamping tents will be resurrected on labour weekend 🥳 Tucked between rolling hills right on the waters edge, they are a very special way to enjoy the East Cape.
The Gizzy surf community is THRIVING 🌞 Nothing The Gizzy surf community is THRIVING 🌞 Nothing beats the social scene out on the sea on days like this.
Level 2 Update 🙌 Starting tomorrow we are able Level 2 Update 🙌 Starting tomorrow we are able to welcome new guests and are following guidelines to make sure your stay is enjoyable and safe. Our beachfront Zen cabins have been awaiting their big debut and we're sure a relaxing getaway is also overdue 🤗
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