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

Our much loved glamping tents may have been taken down for winter...But the good news is, you can book them way in advance 🙌 Feel free to check out our website for availability 😘 #glampingnz #glamping #travelnz
Our Zen Cabins were designed to keep you cosy during the coldest of days. With double glazing and their own heat pumps, nature can be appreciated in total warmth and comfort 😌 📷 @brooksabin #travelnz #nzmustdo
@vowyoga you have added so much beauty and grace to this space the past couple of summers. Thank you for helping us salute to the sun and downward dog. Most of all, thanks for being exactly who you are 💜 Wishing you all the best with what this year brings in far away and exotic places. Love from all of us x
Each one of our beachfront Zen Cabins has been uniquely designed to create a different vibe ✨ #travelnz #gisborne
The gateway to the East Cape 😍 If you have yet to explore this part of Aotearoa let this be encouragement.
Happy Mother's Day 🥰 Shoutout to our momma Andrea, always providing laughter and adopting others as her own children. A vivacious and charismatic woman that gives the best hugs ever and is always up for adventure. We love you as much as you love @crocs. Thanks for being our biggest fan and a truly wonderful mum 💜
Our café is offically closed until next summer 🌞 Thanks to each and every one of you who joined us for a coffee, baked good and bagel. Special mention to our wonderful team who kept on smiling and shining the whole way through, we love you 😍 📷 @kayla.drinkwater
Our first (and last) Sunday Session of the season was a great succes 🥳 Now we're even more excited for next Summer's antics. Especially now that we have a flash new covered area for all the crazy weather Gizzy throws at us. Grateful to all those who hustled, helped out and just relaxed on the grass. It was a very special gathering as always thanks to you beauties 🙌
Last summer our space got an extreme makeover by local artists including our own camp manager Nathan. We're excited to fill the space with more creative masterpieces and are always open to ideas 🙌
Meet Analu and Edison, camp residents and our very dear friends 😍 All the way from Brazil they can now call NZ home too. They're the kinda people make you feel special and are willing to help with anything you need. Super talented in what they do and embarking on a new journey with their interior design company Koru Studio. They have so much love for the world and we feel that reflected towards us. We cannot thank you two enough for all you have done but mostly just being who you are because that is enough!
One of our beachfront glamping tents has clear panels for cloud watching and star gazing 🙌 These fill up fast over the holiday season so we do suggest booking in early 😊
Beautiful guest @jessie_jcarlson enjoying family time in our Zen Cabin 😍