Pet Friendly Travel in the North Island

There’s no reason why your faithful companion should miss out on an epic vacation. So we’ve listed 5 of our favourite places to take your pooch in the North Island:


Planning ahead is key when it comes to a successful camping trip. Here are a few quick tips to ensure everyone is happy and well equipped:

  • Create a gear list so nothing is missed. 
  • Having a leash and bedding for your dog is very important when communal camping. 
  • Know your dog’s comfort levels when it comes to socialising as campgrounds can be very busy and overwhelming for pets that aren’t used to company. 
  • Research walks and parks in the area to ensure you get out for some fun adventures!

Speaking of walks, here are a few of our fave little jaunts in the local region that are pet friendly:

  1. Makorori Beach, just over the hill, is a long stretch of beautiful coastline perfect for you and your canine.
  2. Gisborne Riverbank & Town Beach Walkway (Up to 1 Hour One Way). Flat and easy walkway with a stunning view the entire way
  3. Wainui Beach, just a short distance from the campground there’s plenty of space to run around. 

We pride ourselves in being a top choice when it comes to a pet friendly accommodation provider. There’s nothing better than seeing pets and their owners lap up the beautiful surroundings and enjoy each other’s company on holiday. We’ve got plenty of shady trees and a safe beach for walkies out by the reef. You can rest assured that you and your furry friend will make some cherished memories here at Tatapouri.

October 19, 2023

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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, 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.