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 pretty majestic way to start the day watching th A pretty majestic way to start the day watching the world's first sunrise. Thank you for the incredible capture @globaladmirer 🙏
Presenting Miss Retro Caravan 2021 👸 Shanti h Presenting Miss Retro Caravan 2021 👸 Shanti has done some extreme caravan makeover's this summer and her vision/work ethic continue to amaze us. She's well on her way to take out next years pageant at this rate!
A special thanks from us for all the love and supp A special thanks from us for all the love and support at our cafe over this summer! We made it team crikey. Now it's time to recoup, reset and start dreaming up lots of fun and excitement for the next busy season (Re-opening Labour Weekend) 👍 Ps. Ideas are always welcome dear ones.
Where the light first touches 🙌What a privileg Where the light first touches 🙌What a privilege it is to see these magical sunrises on our doorstep, especially now that they aren't so early (got to admit that's a bonus of shorter days).
Important Announcement - This is the last weekend Important Announcement - This is the last weekend of our cafe for the season and we're going out with a community jam session 🤗 We'll have a few musicians holding down the space but we're open to all talent (or lack of) to bring their instruments and join in. So grab your guitar, a couple of spoons or what have you and join us this Sunday 2nd May 🙌
A beautiful full moon moment from a cacao ceremony A beautiful full moon moment from a cacao ceremony held by @inner.vibrance 💫 It's a joy to witness such events where wonderful people come together to celebrate their magic in accordance with the earths.
Candid, crafted, or crafted to look candid? It's a Candid, crafted, or crafted to look candid? It's a real guessing game these days but it's likely Liv told a great joke and Nadine simply captured the moment.  ​ Ps. Our cafe is open this Friday - Sunday for delish coffee, views and candid photo opportunities. Cant wait to see you 🤗
Only two weeks left of our oceanside glamping tent Only two weeks left of our oceanside glamping tents then they'll get a rest until next season.  ​ ​Last date for glamping is 2nd May 😘
Our toilet/shower block is now a work of art thank Our toilet/shower block is now a work of art thanks to the talented @sofiadrescher and her quirky characters 😍 Special shoutout to @leogz__ who helped with a mural magic on this glorious day at Tatapouri 🙌
Join us for our last Sunday Session of the season Join us for our last Sunday Session of the season this weekend 🎉 With live music of the Latin flavour, mural painting by local artists, second-hand clothing and a even a classy bouncy castle! Bring your friends, whānau and people you don't even know because there's going to be fun for all 🙌
Watching waves is one of our favourite activities. Watching waves is one of our favourite activities. Riding them is pretty fun too 🤙 ​ ​Ps. Our cafe is open tomorrow from 8am - 3pm 🙌
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