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For a true overnight getaway, set up camp at Motutapu Island’s idyllic Home Bay. Though direct sailings to Home Bay are limited, the DOC campsite is accessible by walking from Rangitoto Island, which has multiple ferry services daily.   

Campsite details

The Home Bay campsite is divided into five different areas called pods, offering a total of 38 non-powered tent sites in total. The pods are divided across a road, with two on the seaward side and three on the stream side.  

  • Salty Sea Dogs - 10 tent sites.
  • Nest & Fledglings - 10 tent sites.
  • Night Owls - six tent sites.
  • Sleepy Hollow - six tent sites.
  • Early Birds - six tent sites.

The campsite does not provide barbeques and no fires are allowed at any time. There is no power supply so you’ll need to bring a torch. There are no showers, but water is available.


  • Bookings are essential. Please be sure to review all details and booking terms and conditions from DOC.
  • Prior to booking, check that the ferry is available on your chosen arrival and departure dates, or you plan to walk to/from Rangitoto Island.

For more information and to make a booking, please visit DOC’s campground site.

Important biosecurity information

Motutapu Island is a pest-free wildlife sanctuary, which means there are important biosecurity requirements in place. All visitors must complete and bring the biosecurity checklist.

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