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

Celebrating the amazing Ying and her retirement 🎉 Her work ethic has been nothing short of an inspiration as a core part of our team for ages. She's been keeping Tatapouri squeaky clean and even smiling while she is at it. It's been a privilege for all of us to work with her over the years and we wish her nothing but the most relaxing, enjoyable future. Love from us all 💕
Our Zen Cabins are the perfect place for a yoga filled weekend as shown by the lovely, Tati 🥰 Ps. A friendly reminder that there will be no yoga tomorrow (Saturday) so we can save ourselves for Sunday 😊
It was a summer to remember with people travelling from near and far to see the sunrise Gisborne is famous for 🌞 Ps. Happy Easter Weekend friends 🐣
There's plenty to smile about with these surroundings! Fields of gold to your right and a big blue ocean out front. Our Tiny home is the perfect place to make some unforgettable memories 🤗
New Shirt Alert 🤩 As shown by the lovely Tati, we have fresh Tatapouri merch in two new colours. Available for purchase from our reception.
Become part of the Tatapouri Team 🙌 Seeking a wonderful human to come be a part of the magic. 🌟 The Opportunity: We are currently seeking a part-time Cleaning/Reception Superstar to join our team for 24-26 hours per week, with increased hours during the summer and coverage for staff leave. The role is weekend and mid-week shifts, allowing you to maintain your side hustle/additional job while enjoying some financial stability. 💰 What We Offer: Living wage Exciting staff benefits Free on-site yoga classes over the summer A supportive workplace 🌈 Your Responsibilities: As a crucial member of our team, you'll collaborate with our Housekeeping & Ops Manager to ensure accommodations are ready for daily guest check-ins. Your tasks will include cleaning various areas such as accommodation and facility buildings, long-term units, and occasional weeding/light ground work. While in the reception you will be checking guest, answering emails and helping with guest enquiries. 👍 Ideal Candiate Attributes A positive can-do attitude Openness to perform a variety of cleaning tasks with care and high standards Previous customer service and computer experience Prior cleaning experience 📧 How to Apply: If you're feeling excited about this new prospect, please send your resume along with a brief introduction about yourself to: info@tatapouri.co.nz
Ready, shreddy, go! Okay that was cringe... Feel free to come up with a better caption 😂
International Women's Day is on the horizon 🌅 To celebrate, the wonderful @tatiadiass is offering a Gentle Vinyasa Yoga Class here at Tatapouri for all you amazing ladies 🧘‍♂️ Join us beachfront on the Friday 8th March at 9am for this magical (and free) event ✨
Gaze upon fields of gold from the comfort of our Tiny Home 🙌 The perfect oasis for a relaxing vacation 😌