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

We recognize our responsibility to help protect the planet. We are committed to minimizing the impact our firm has on the environment and supporting those who are working to improve global environmental 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
  • 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

Carbon neutrality

We are working with local body MY imprint to reduce our carbon footprint and have a consultant working with us to monitor, report and implement strategies here. Carbon – GHG Reporting, Carbon Accounting, Carbon Audits, Carbon Management, Process Heat, Strategy and Policy, Sustainability Strategy, Transport

Working with external stakeholders

We are committed to working with our suppliers, clients, and other stakeholders to reduce their environmental footprint.

  • We engage with suppliers to improve the environmental impact of the products and services we purchase. These include eco store, far east coffee, native nursery…


Stay connected with us #TatapouriBay

Great news yoga lovers 🧘‍♀️ Our sunrises sessions will be on Saturdays as well as Sundays for the month of December. Yay! Starting at 6:45am BYO mat and $10 for your lovely instructor 🤗 #yogalove
As promised, an inside tour of an unforgettable retro caravan renovation 🙌 Twenty-five feet of pure beauty with various options for lounging in. Home is where you park this baby 😍 #caravanlife #travelnz
Our Makers Market is back and better than everrr 🤩 Save the date in your calendars and join us on the 10th December for all your craft, art and clothing needs as well as the usual café goodies. We'll have live music from Lars and the Clandestinos so bring your best dancing shoes 😉 If you would like to set up a stall please contact us at info@tatapouri.co.nz, give us a call or show up in person to confirm the logistics. See you soon friends!
Mmmmm, smoked salmon bagels with pickled, onions and capers 🙌 Come see us this weekend to get in on the action 😍
Easy, breezy, beautiful, the East Cape of New Zealand 🙌 #nzmustdo #travelnz #glampingnz
We are so pleased and so very excited to have our dear sister Nadine back for the summer café season 🤗 Her smile lights us up like that big ol' shining sun. All the way from London to Gisborne, it's a real full circle moment seeing as she worked at the café when it first opened. Now she's managing the darn thing! Here she is pictured with some Gizzy grown men Nathan and Ben 💜 See you this weekend friends.
Talk about a room with a view 😍 Another masterpiece by none other than camp manager Shanti #caravanqueen 👑 It's her passion, her side hustle and her "down time" taking these from caravans from drab to fab. Love your work girl. #caravanlife #campingnz #gorgeous
Great success! Thanks for joining us these past few weekends friends 🤗 At one point we ran outta ice cream and micro greens but everyone was still smiling and sun kept on shining. Looking forward to a long hot summer here at yours truly, Tatapouri 🌞 xx
A clear example of how well our staff support each other 🙌 Ps. Looking forward to our Pōhutukawa trees bursting with colour 😍
A note written by a guest that left us chuffed! It's reviews like these that truly warm our hearts 🥰
The wonderfully talented Tati will be guiding your through Sunrise Yoga this Sunday 🙌 Earlier this year she made it official by becoming a fully certified instructor at @asiapacificyoga in Taupō 🧘‍♀️ We are so proud and excited to support her as she continues to shine along this path ✨ Join her this Sunday at 6:45am right here on the waters edge* 🌊 *Classes are $10 and BYO mat or connect with the grass 😊
Shanti's litter helper 😍 Hard at work as usual making the campground extra beautiful. We love being able to offer dog-friendly camping to make your holidays even more memorable.