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

Already cooking up some ideas for Summer Sunday Sessions, if you have any please drop them in the comments 😍 Bands you'd like to see, food you'd like to eat, activites etc. We're all ears 🙌
The East Cape of New Zealand continues to amaze us 😍 Very lucky we are just a short drive from this absolute sight. #travelnz #nzmustdo
This is our friend Arna 💜 We just want to aknowldege her as a wonderful, kind-hearted being that is brimming with talent. Looking forward to gather once the sun gets closer to earth 🙌
Sunrise watch party 👀 Grab your friends and plan a trip you won't forget to beautiful Gisborne ✨
We're still offering 20% off our Zen Cabins using the code WINTER20* 😍 Your winter mini break awaits with full insulation, double glazing, your own heat pump and spa/sauna access included. *For stays Monday - Thursday
The gals enjoying a lovely afternoon as Miso (the resident hamu) hopes for some food 😂 We will give plenty of notice when our cafe reopens next summer 🙌
Glamping at its finest 💁‍♀️ One of our @lotusbelletents sleeps 4 people so it's even more cosy than usual. #glampingnz #nztravel #nzmustdo
A seagulls perspective of our beautiful campground. Tatapouri Bay is situated just 15 mins our of the heart of Gisborne, the "gateway to the East Cape" as some may call it. We look forward to your visit 🤗
More magical markets and Sunday Sessions await us! Pictured - two wonderful darlings that made our summer much brighter 🙌
Enjoy 20% off our Zen Cabins using the code WINTER20* 🙌 You'll be plenty cosy with full insulation, double glazing, your own heat pump and spa/sauna access included 🤗 *For stays Monday - Thursday
Serving DIY cowgirl realness 💅 Natalie enjoys hardly working, strawberry real-fruit ice cream and posing with power tools for the gram. Ps. Excited to announce we will have retro caravan accomodation availble next summer 😍