Raetea North Side Campsite

Raetea North Side Campsite

Raetea Forest


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Raetea North Side - Raetea Forest


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Apparently the Raetea Camping Ground is situated in one of the last remaining lowland coastal forests. There is a bit of native bat and bird listening/ watching opportunities to be had.


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DOC Northland

Central government organisation


North IslandNorthlandKaitaia


  • Basic Camping
  • Free


Showing 13 reviews of 30.

Thorfinnss's avatar


Ranking: 2/10

Annoyythat it was licked in February so had a wasted trip there. I do ‘t know why the first gate can’t be left open so the field can be used anyway. Would have loved to stay but can’t recommend. The dates open should be added to the app so we can avoid the wasted trip

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Bluescruize's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Large area. We were the only ones staying, a few locals stopped in briefly. Nice spot. Tidy long drops across the river bridge. Lots of sandflies so take repellant

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Serena's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Nice little spot in a meadow, very windy road to get there from the South. Toilet was clean but a little walk over the bridge. Sandflies are quite severe so wear long clothes in the morning. Locals seem to use the river for a dip, unfortunately one car came to use the field as a loo and left toilet roll blowing all over the field. Quiet spot with beautiful sky. There is also a resident duck who is very friendly, pretending to look for food as an excuse to come over!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Rose's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Had a great spot in the shadow for our campervan. Woke up with a refreshing swim in the river. Toilets were fine (clean+toilet paper).

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Michelle Sime

New Zealand

Ranking: 6/10

Was a lovely spot with a creek running nearby and like camping in a meadow though a little walk to the toilet. Toilet was adequate, no other facilities even a handbasin. Lots of others there as well. Not allowed dogs.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Bert's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful forest and ditto stream, a long but nice walk to a dry toilet. Would stay again!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Leander Boss

Ranking: 2/10

Hier waren nur Mücken, man konnte keine Minute außerhalb seines campers sich aufhalten.
Es gab keine Waschbecken und ein Plumbsklo ohne klopapier.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Devin's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

One of the most spacious spots that I stayed at on my trip that has a lovely view of a dense, tropical forest on the hills. The bridge flooded a bit overnight, so walking to the bridge required some caution, mainly not to get wet in my case. This site is free and while the outhouse may smell it was cleaner than some of the public restrooms I've seen during this trip. The inconvenience is that it is a bit out of the way to get to the toilet.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Calum Brash

Ranking: 2/10

Was closed for winter in october...
Still stayed just outside the gate in the car parky area, as did 6 others. Was a long journey to the toilets, which are not nice. Just a hole from the toilets into a big container, so you can just see and smell everything, not ideal.
Theres also a chicken “twiggy” who resides there and is very charming to begin with but then turns into a savage and won’t leave you alone. He also just loves to scream at about 5 in the morning just to everyones joy. Twiggy was lucky to live, not sure he’ll have the same luck next time he annoys a tired camper, good luck Twiggy. Think he annoyed me more than the toilet.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

Lake's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

Closed for the winter when we arrived just a small paking area on the highway probably a very nice area in the summer but not in the winter

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Stefan Miedzinski


Ranking: 8/10

No Sandflies, no flood, more or less leveled, didn't use toilet.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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jennifer guertler


Ranking: 9/10

A remote campsite, with many many pitches for cars / campers. Please do not drive the "bridge". It is only to reach the toilet away from the parking area 100m. There is nothing to be driven or achieved! Toilets were clean, the river serves for refreshment (without shampoo!).

Reviewed over 3 years ago

JT's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

bridge is damaged so it is s long way to the toilet. good for one night and a lot of space

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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