Waipoua Forest Camping Area

Waipoua Forest Camping Area


46 Rankers Reviews

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Bluescruize's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Large camping area, lots of space. Was only us plus another van there for the night. Good shower and bathrooms, also kitchen area. Nice location. Lots of mozzies so take repellent

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Ric van Weede

Ranking: 5/10

Lovely area accessed by short dirt road. Facilities are so old and bereft of any obvious maintenance BUT it’s a place to stay with clean ablutions (lots of hot water) and a laundry. Go to sleep with sound of Kiwi calls.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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Ranking: 6/10

It is much more expensive now, they raised the prices, 25$ per person for a powered site and 20$ per person for an unpowered site. The often recommended night forest walk is now about 20$ per person and it didn't take place when we've been there. But it is a quiet spot, near to the big Kauri trees. Hot showers are unlimited and free. WiFi works well around the Café 300 meters down the road.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Just a guy

Ranking: 6/10

Too expensive comparing to other campgrounds which charge same prices for unpowered spots. Men toilet doors can't be locked anymore, no light in the shower and you need to be lucky to meet staff or the owner. Self checkin. Cute kitchen with all you need.
Guided barefoot nightwalks are offered for 20$/person.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Matt Warner

Ranking: 10/10

Great campsite which is well equipped and run by really lovely people. Check in was easy and we pitched our tent near the river and enjoyed the sound of it trickling by as we slept. We even heard a kiwi calling out in the night! We did the barefoot night walk as well and Lance and Julia were really excellent and informative guides and the activity is well worth the small fee. Showers were hot and the kitchen was clean.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Richard & Chris, UK

Ranking: 8/10

10 minute drive in along a gravel track access road, but not too rough at all and easily manageable for the van. No powered pitches available (not sure there are any on the site) and it was quite busy when we were there. Tried contacting in advance via email to arrange a pitch, but no response, so we turned up with fingers crossed at about 4pm and there were a couple of spots available. No marked pitches, and we struggled to find anywhere really level, but there were a few bits of flat wood lying around to level the van up. Kitchen clean enough, but a bit dated. Grey water dump and fresh water but no black water dump. Night walk with the site manager (owner?) was definitely worth the extra cost. Don't expect to see kiwis - the group walk was noisy and no attempt really made to discourage that, but Lance is obviously knowledgeable and passionate about the native forest and the threats to it. Wifi at the cafe a couple of hundred meters away, still available if the cafe's shut. Lovely surroundings next to natural forest and river.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Ranking: 3/10

Surrounded by great forest but the bathrooms were very dirty. Couldn’t enjoy the shower at all. In the mens bathroom you couldn’t even lock the toilets and showers door. It costs $20 pp so I expected a little more. No power sockets in the bathroom either. The kitchen is in a good condition. You can charge your phone in there too. Also you can use their dishes. Park ranger was a nice guy.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Bert's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Facilities are a bit old, but they are working fine. We went on an evening walk with the camp manager which was great! I would recommend a stay here.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago