Raetea North Side Campsite

Raetea North Side Campsite

Raetea Forest



21 Rankers Reviews

1 Face-to-Face

287 Basic Camping

31 Kaitaia



Raetea North Side - Raetea Forest


Free, primo, done!

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.


Feature Value Info


North IslandNorthlandKaitaia


  • Basic Camping
  • Free





  • Unpowered Campsite

    Number of tent sites - multiple (not marked out).


Showing 13 reviews of 21.

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 1 month ago

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Stefan Miedzinski


Ranking: 8/10

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

Reviewed 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago

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Andy and Julia

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Relaxing place off of Highway 1, right next to a beautiful stream. Didn’t hear the traffic at all which was a nice surprise. A lot of space for camping. Only issue was the toilets are on the other side of the wir, so meant jumping over the water. A local eel is swimming in the stream which was cool to see. Drop toilets were clean, no water around, so no sink. Was a pretty chill spot.

Reviewed 5 months ago

Rikki's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful scenery, plenty of space easy found.. quiet and enjoyable stay good for heading north next morning as we done..

Reviewed 5 months ago

Juliane's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Not so easy to drive with a huge mobilhome.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Birte's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

We arrived late in the evening and left early so we probably didn’t get to appreciate the surrounding. We struggled to find the toilets which are a bit away and had to fight with all the mosquitos at night.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Ranking: 6/10

Best place around cause it's the only one. Try to park on the gravel, the lawn is muddy and can get stuck. Toilet is a bit of a walk and you possibly get wet feed. Sandflies and mosquitoes around

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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richard maguire


Ranking: 7/10

Cool spot but vehicle access to the more picturesque area was blocked. Felt very safe and quiet. Zero light pollution so the stars were amazing. There is a composting toilet but be prepared to get your feet wet crossing the weir to get to it.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Raven's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Great spot! A little tricky to find at night but still not difficult. Just be ready to turn right (if heading south) immediately after the bridge. Once you do arrive the field is large and lovely with massive trees and a little stream wrapping around. They have placed a giant boulder in front of the small bridge crossing the stream, I imagine because they were tired of getting people unstuck from that area. But the field before then is on higher ground and if you aren't right by the water I reckon the chances of getting stuck are pretty slim. Beautiful composting toilets just a couple minutes away, across the aforementioned boulder blocked stream. All around loved this place. 9/10 instead of 10/10 just cause it was a little tricky to find at night, drove past it once and had to turn around. Great spot tho, would definitely stay here again!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Eric Pollard


Ranking: 7/10

Could have been an amazing spot! Main grass area was shut. Probably for the winter for it was quite wet. Bridge to the toilet was overflowing with water. People had left a bunch of rubbish on a pile. Nice friendly chicken walking around. Lots of sand flies.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Loz & Jake Masters

United Kingdom

Ranking: 3/10

We stayed here at the end of May and didn't manage to get there until dark. It was a VERY difficult place to find. You have to take a hidden turning just past the bridge. We drove in and parked but couldn't see much, it wasn't until the morning that we (and all the other campers) realised we were completely stuck! The ground can't handle even a small amount of rain, the mud is thick and there is only one "safe" spot on shorter grass. There is no phone signal available here and it's quite a walk to find help. Yes, the views are amazing and it's off the beaten track, which is why I've given it 3 stars, but there is nothing here and you have to keep your fingers crossed it doesn't rain!!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in May 2016

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