About Us

We are a locally owned and operated business on the stunning East Cape of Aotearoa, New Zealand.

It had to be destiny that lead us (Shanti and Nathan) away from the big city and into the arms of a very humble campground.

Since acquiring Tatapouri in 2019 we have dreamed of transforming it into a  space which could encompass all of our passions; creative expression, nature appreciation, connection, good food and community. After years of hard work and lots of fun along the way, that dream is now a reality.

We are grateful to be here, waking up to the world’s first sunrise each morning and sharing the beauty of this land with everyone.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you soon,

The Tatapouri Team

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

Nothing like that Gisborne glow 🌞 When the bunny tails are out it's even more special as they catch the sun like thousands of little candles.
Cooking with a view! Our Tiny Home has all the right windows. There is even one above the bed for star gazing 🌟
Here's to hot tubs 🥂 For warming us through the winter and allowing us to keep appreciating nature 🌅
It's well and truly tea season ☕️ What's your favourite kinda cuppa? We stock a few varieties in our Zen Cabins much to our guests liking 🤗
Our little slice of paradise 🙌 Constantly evolving, changing and providing. There is nothing better than sharing it with delighted guests that come from near and far to experience the magic ✨
Happy Winter Solstice friends 🤗 Stay cosy during your hibernation.
The warm glow of the sun lighting up our Little Villa 🌞 📷 @railayfawkes
Sunrise appreciation post 🌅 One of the best things about these short days are the later sunrises. It means more people are awake to witness the magic ✨ However, we are so looking forward to the days getting longer 😉 📷 @uisce.potter.de.boeck
You can't beat a serene day at Tatapouri Bay 🌞 Though nowadays a few more layers are in order 🥶