Waipoua Forest Camping Area

Waipoua Forest Camping Area

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Bluescruize

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 12 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 about 1 year ago

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NellieBlue

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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Kesseternity

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 about 2 years ago

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Bert

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 about 2 years ago

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Lisa

Ranking: 9/10

Location in great nature to reach via gravel road. WiFi accessible in the café next to the campground. Kitchen not large, bit everything was fine.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Beth

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome place, very good vibes, two powered sites and plenty unpowered ones (15$ ppn). In the middle of the forest. Great night walk (10$ pp), very quiet. You can hear kiwi calls at night, see kauri snails and wetas. Cafe and swimming hole in the river close by. Cafe offers free wifi.
Facilities are a bit older and very basic but clean. Lovely place!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Kaye & Alison

Ranking: 9/10

Quiet, private campsite. Beautiful views, nice walks. Facilities were old but clean and did the job. $30 non powered 2 people. Would stay again

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Flatlanders

Ranking: 9/10

Ranger was great helpful guy who unfortunatly had to go to Auckland so we did only stay 1 night and not 2 to do a nightwalk with him. Free wifi at the bar down the road. Small kitchen. Clean facilities. Hot showers. Beautiful campground in middle of the forestjungle, great atmosphere. Gravelroad. Definitely one we'd go back to.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Dan

Ranking: 10/10

DO NOT SKIP THIS SPOT! A must stay in campground if you are going through the area. Manager (Lanze) is a great person and did everything he could to accommodate the needs of everyone in the campground. Did the night hike that was offered and gained so much knowledge of history and Maori custom. Beautiful location and stunning environment!
Best spot I have ever stayed in.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Chris

Ranking: 10/10

Best camping ground so far! Located to a river where you can have a cool swim. The owner did a night walk through native forest, great experience! Friendly and totally relaxed and quite cheap.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Meggie

Ranking: 10/10

Best campground we've been to so far. It's basic but you have everything you need (laundry, kitchen, hot showers, drinking water, free unlimited WIFI) and only 15$ for an unpowered site. The manager was really nice. He let us sleep in one of the cabins even though we had just paid for a tent site because the weatherforecast was really bad. And in the evening he made awesome pizza everyone could eat from for free and we sat around the fire all together and he told us a lot about Maori culture. He even took us out for a walk in the forest in the dark so we might see Kiwis. Unfortunatelly we just heard them but it was still a nice walk and he told us some interesting things about the forest. Would definitely stay here again.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Jonas R.

Ranking: 8/10

Good spot for doing kauri tree walks. Situated in the middle of nowhere. Nice owner shows you everything. Affordable. Facilities ok. Wifi only at Café down the road if it's open. Pretty busy. Free hot shower.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Teaghan

Ranking: 6/10

Very expensive $40 for a powered site for two adults, very basic facilities although showers still hot and adequate kitchen cooking space. Site a little run down

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Ryan

Ranking: 9/10

Old facilities but beautiful location. Very peaceful

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Leanne Taylor-Smith

Ranking: 8/10

Perfect location, good to get away from it all. We got there about 4pm, and seemed to be the first, pick your own spot. Pay in an envelope. Kitchen showers and toilets good, but no WiFi, as the info states. :) owner popped his head into the kitchen later to say hi to everyone.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Zelie Frechin

Ranking: 9/10

Very well located to visit the Waipoua forest and see Kauri trees. Clean showers and toilets. Peaceful area to stay, only downside the kitchen didn't have utensils.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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estelle D

New Caledonia

Ranking: 4/10

pratique parce que non loin de l’entrée des marches de Waipoua Forest,
10 min au sud de l’entrée du parc
cher pour un non powered site 15$/adulte, mais site agréable
long sentier pour y arriver, et malheureusement, les marches étaient fermées le lendemain, donc nous n’avons pas pu en profiter

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Maja Overberg

Ranking: 10/10

A really nice campground, we stayed there for two nights in a cabin. The manager was pretty nice, he showed us around and he helped us and gave us advices. The campground is next to a river, that was pretty nice. Kitchen and bathroom were clean. But don't forget that you are in the middle of nowhere so, no drinking water and wifi, but we enjoyed that. I just recommend it to everybody!!

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Robert Hunt

Ranking: 8/10

$30 for 2 people on a non-powered site (cash normally - although we paid by card next morning at visitor centre). Very basic kitchen (BYO utensils). Clean and tidy site, find a space amongst trees/flat ground. x2 showers/toilets blocks (male/female). Boiling hot showers. Nice scenic area in the forest. Visitor site round the corner. No WiFi.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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rick parker

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

A new custodian this year who is very helpful, industrious and keeps the place immaculate. Yes, the kitchen area a little small and the showers can be dangerously hot as not thermostatically controlled. But nice spacious camping. Same price as Trounson and much the same. Both have no catering equipment, both spartan, both $15. This has a custodian and now Maori community controlled not DOC unlike the unmanned Trounson. Both worth a visit when cycle touring through. Lacking a few eating table/benches in the camping area - only one.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Daniel Waechter

Ranking: 7/10

Small and quiet.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago

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Alex Nicholson

Ranking: 2/10

Stayed for 1 night and couldn't have been happier to leave. DO NOT STAY HERE. Go to Trounson just outside Waipoua instead. This campsite advertises itself as having a kitchen (none of the cookers work, there are no plates, pans/pots, cutlery, or even dish soap), hot showers (they were indeed hot), a stream to swim in (a 5-minute drive away). The water must be boiled before drinking. The ranger was completely unhelpful (downright rude, in fact) and none of the campground staff made me feel anything other than unwelcome. We were told we had to leave not just the campsite but couldn't access the bathroom or kitchen (even to get water) after 10AM either. I assumed that the previous review from more than 1 month prior indicating that the cookers didn't work would certainly no longer be accurate, but apparently the staff really aren't interested in maintaining the site or creating an inviting or hospitable environment for campers. The nearby visitor centre staff were excellent, but I couldn't have been more disappointed with the campground facilities. I wish I'd stayed in Trounson instead.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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Marie Gale

United Kingdom

Ranking: 1/10

Way overpriced, terrible staff and faulty facilities. We paid $15 each for our self contained van on an unpowered site. Rip off. The communal kitchen had no electricity therefore campers couldn't cook. I doubt that it has been repaired as the man supposedly caretaking was far too busy being rude and obnoxious to care. The prospect of seeing wild kiwi draws you in... but in reality the chances are pretty slim. I suggest you travel a bit further down to another site, some were only $10 for power etc.. but quite a bit further so if it's getting late like it was for us you have to stop. I'm sorry we did, but on the plus side we met some very friendly and helpful campers to whom we owe our thanks.

Reviewed about 6 years ago

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John Chilcote

Ranking: 7/10

We were in a camper van so the powered campsite was quite adequate, as were the facilities. Good value for money.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Helen Ameis

Ranking: 3/10

Overpriced, unfriendly staff, no access to river campsites for campervans.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Pierre Planchez

France

Ranking: 8/10

$6 for hot showers in the only campground visited by Kiwi during the night...... what else?? Maybe the Kauri forest!

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Peter D

Ranking: 6/10

This camping site is very scenic and in a good location but the camp is old and needs a revamp, only 2 powered sites in the car park and the shower water was only just warm. Overall a bit over priced at $20 per person. Huts looked very basic. Stayed March 2015.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

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Heather Kingston

Canada

Ranking: 7/10

Waipoua Forest Campground – Fine for one night. Clean kitchen and nice hot showers! The powered sites were $20.00 per person [ouch] for basically a parking space in a parking lot. If you don’t have to power up I would suggest not bothering. The area is lovely and it is nice to be so close to the Visitor Center. The Kauri trees to see are stops along the tiny skinny road. Well marked parking and not far off the road. Worth the trip in!

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Ron Clarke

Czech Republic

Ranking: 8/10

After seeing the giant Kauri, stop here for an overnight. Nestled beside a mountain stream (tenters only, vans across a lovely meadow away from the stream.
Run by the locals, well kept toilets, showers and kitchen.
Nice to camp in the trees.
Friendly atmosphere with campers and staff alike.

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Jesseca Klausch

Germany

Ranking: 2/10

Huts out of very thin wood, something scratched on the door at night - scary! Poor kitchen (only one plate and 2 forks, one broken).

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Marc Engstle

Germany

Ranking: 2/10

Thousands of rats! They made a hole in my tent! Never again!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Lea Darotchetche

France

Ranking: 8/10

A good surprise! There was a kitchen with chairs and table and showers. It was the first time we saw such a DOC campground and it was very convenient as it was very rainy.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Chris

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

What a gem of a place right in the heart of the forest. Quiet, safe with various accommodation options. The caretakers/hosts live on site and are both fantastic. Safe for all the family. I will certainly be back.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

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Steven Wood

Australia

Ranking: 8/10

Very nice setting No powered sites available. Would Be a wonderful place to pitch a tent. Toilets and Kitchen a bit run down but functional. Price a little high $15 per person

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in January 2013

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Kristine and William

Norway

Ranking: 5/10

Not next to the river as it advertised, good facilities though.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago

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Cennart ud Brock

Netherlands

Ranking: 9/10

Best camping so far!! Less facilities but a really special place in the forest near a stream.

Reviewed almost 9 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Claudia Mueller

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful location!! Equipment (toilets, showers and kitchens) good, Hot showers.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Jenben

France

Ranking: 9/10

Lovely campsite in the middle of the forest. We only stayed one night but would have loved to have stayed a bit longer. Friendly staff.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Julie Norton

England

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely site next to a river - you can swim in (if willing to brave the cold!) Can hear lots of kiwi at night. Very close to all the Kauri walks with magnificent people.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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weegirl

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Plant a kauri in the Waipoua Forest
We normally dawdle on road trips following any “historic site” road sign we see however this time we belted along all the way to the Blah, Blah, Blah café in Dargeville a place that has food as good as anything on Ponsonby Rd. We surprised ourselves by getting there in two and half hours from Auckland so had time to visit Oranga Whenua, the Reforestation Project in the middle of the Waipou Forest.

Bev Sanderson, the livewire who manages the Waipoua Forest Visitor Centre took us on a walk through the forest, which the local iwi Te Roroa has recently taken over. They have an utterly beautiful camping ground amongst trees and by the river, as well as huts and whole houses that can be rented really cheaply for holidays. It is so hard to find a beautiful camp site these days because so many have been destroyed and replaced by high-rise.

The land was taken illegally by the crown in 1890 and run by the Forest Service until it was disestablished in the 1980s and given to DOC. Neither could make a go of it and now, as the result of a recent treaty settlement, Te Roroa have got the land back. They do not have full use of all the land yet until the pine trees have been milled. The vision is to reforest all the scrubland left after the milling to re-establish a kauri forest right to the sea. Te Roroa’s descendants will have to carry on the work. They are establishing an economically sustainable tourist business, which will provide ongoing benefits to their people. A tangible way to help make the forest grow is to plant a kauri tree, which we did but I am feeling bad, as we did not put the water in the hole before the tree. We will get regular updates on the life of our tree. waipouavc@teroroa.iwi.nz

From there we meandered slowly through what is probably the most beautiful road in the country, to Omapere.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Michael Egli

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

A beautiful one for a DOC site. Good equipment.

Reviewed almost 12 years ago

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Jake1

England

Ranking: 7/10

In forest so lots of mosquitos! Facilities good though. Kitchen and great hot showers.

Reviewed about 12 years ago and experienced in March 2009