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Awesome weekend away at the Kai Iwi Lakes just outside of Dargaville, Northland, New Zealand.

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Dream of a place of sheer beauty that was created more than 1.8 million years ago for the delight of kiwi campers, and you have the Kai Iwi Lakes - crystal clear freshwater lakes.

Just 30 minutes north of Dargaville, the lakes are part of the Taharoa domain, an unsurpassed recreational reserve. Bring the kids, bring the tent, bring the kayaks, windsurfer, fishing and dive gear, boat and water skis, surf ski and of course your togs. 

And what an ideal place to swim – these deep dune lakes are rimmed by warm shallow water just made for kids to run and splash or for freshening up after a lazy afternoon in a deck chair poised on the pristine sands with the rippling waters lapping at your feet.

Cycling round the lake perimeters or hiking over farmland to the ocean alleviates the guilt of excess from evening gatherings spent with new found friends from adjoining tent sites cooking up a feast from the day’s catch.

As well as succulent rainbow trout the lakes are teeming with koura, crabs, freshwater mussels, native and exotic fish. A perfect playground.

The Taharoa domain is a 538 ha recreation reserve containing three freshwater lakes known as the Kai Iwi Lakes. It is situated 35km northwest of Dargaville. The domain can be reached by travelling along State Highway 12 to the junction of Omamari Road which is well signposted. It is a further 11km along Omamari Road and then Kai Iwi Lakes Road to the domain.

An extensive walking track system has been developed within the reserve. Sheltered camping and picnic facilities are also available for visitors to the area. The Taharoa Domain is 2.5 km from the Tasman Sea. Walkway access to the coast is available though an adjoining farm property west of the domain. The nearest road access to the coast is at Omamari 8km to the south.

Dogs are not permitted in the domain.



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Come stay and play at Kai Iwi Lakes at Taharoa Domain, one of New Zealand's best holiday spots. Only three hours from Auckland, 35 kilometres from Dargaville. Nestled amongst 538 hectares of premier recreation reserve with white sand, freshwater dune lakes renowned for their jewellike beauty and clear waters.

Perfect for a wonderful camping experience with the choice of two camp grounds located on the lake foreshore, both offering an ideal camping experience for tents, caravans or motorhomes.

Pine Beach 
Campsites, wash and shower facilities, two flushing toilet blocks, and playground.

In the summer there are seasonal services including a mobile shop, and camp staff are on site.

A limited number of powered sites, at an extra charge of $10 per night that must be booked as per the other sites at the camp ground.

Promenade Point

A truly relaxed kiwiana camping experience: camping areas, new toilet block. No shower facilities.

No Pets

Because we want to protect our native wildlife, we have a strict no-pets policy. We hope you’ll understand.


The Taharoa Domain reserve's beautiful crystal clear Kai Iwi Lakes are ideal for safe swimming, kayaking, fishing, boating and water skiing.

Normal Maritime Rules apply on all waterways - under those rules boats are restricted to a speed of no more than 5 knots within 200 metres of the shore.


Explore and enjoy bush and open country walking tracks. The native wildlife and revegetation programme make this a premier Northland reserve close to surf beaches, Waipoua Forest and other Kauri Coast and Northland attractions.



Camp Ground Bookings and Prices Contact:
Kai Iwi Lakes Office
Ph/Fax: (09) 439 0986 


Kaipara District Council

Telephone: 09 439 3123