Ōtaki Forks Campsite

Ōtaki Forks Campsite

Ōtaki Forks area


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8 Otaki


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Otaki Forks Camping Ground - Tararua Forest Park


Camp on a river terrace within Ōtaki Gorge.


  • Ōtaki Gorge Road closed

    The Ōtaki Gorge Road is closed to vehicles and pedestrians until further notice.

    There is an emergency track that you can walk to gain access to Ōtaki Forks. It is 5 km long and can be accessed 200 m past the locked gate on the Ōtaki Gorge Road.

    Directions and description of the emergency track

    First published on 26 September 2020. Last reviewed on 21 April 2022.
  • Predator control for Western Tararua areas

    An aerial predator control operation using 1080 bait was completed on 19 March 2022. There may be toxic carcasses in the area. Toxic carcasses can take months to break down.

    The hunting area is open but do not take and eat animals in this area until the area is safe. This will be shown by the removal of the warning signs and this alert. The area in the pesticide summary map will also show as safe.

    This operation is part DOC's National Predator Control Programme to protect native species.

    First published on 5 April 2022. Last reviewed on 21 June 2022.


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DOC Wellington/Kapiti

Central government organisation


North IslandWellington RegionOtaki


  • Basic Camping

Operating Season And Hours

Road closed until further notice


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Mark Dalgety

Ranking: 1/10

Road closed through 2021...

Reviewed 8 months ago

Tauz's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

The camp site further up the end of the road is closed until october so I had to stay at the first campsite which wasnt too bad. Couple cars drove in through the night other than that it was quiet. Theres a toilet there. No good veiws but was still an ok spot for one night 👍🏼 care takers house is not far

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Don Strachan

Ranking: 10/10

Outstanding! BIG space on a number of different levels with heaps of little hide-away corners. Great bush views & flushing toilet! One of the best DOC sites. Last few ks drive in are "interesting" and probably not for big Van's or caravans? Don't stop at the first little site - drive the extra k to on of the best spots ever. Bugs weren't bad either.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Alyson Reid

Ranking: 10/10

This campground is perfect! There is so much space and the setting us idyllic. This spot is right beside the river, with a man-made swimming hole. There are also some awesome walks nearby. Basic facilities. Ample privacy.
We paid $13 per person. Just make sure to stop at the caretakers cabin to pay before driving to the campsite so you don't have to go back.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Grant Duguid

Ranking: 8/10

Nice spot.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Peter Pan

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

This is such a great spot! Long, long gravel road with a river crossing to get there, so be careful if you have a big van or caravan, but well worth the drive. We were the only ones in the whole site, which we couldn't quite believe! Plenty of space and DOC standard flushing toilets and running water. Beautiful spot!

Reviewed about 7 years ago

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Janek Belcher


Ranking: 5/10

Long gravel road to get there but the place was nice and you get woken up with nice bird songs.

Reviewed almost 8 years ago and experienced in March 2014

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Brenda Wallace

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

The occasional speeding hoon will come through for a fast drive, so pick your tent site with this in mind -- away from the thouroughfare is best.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Dick Kooij


Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful spot at the end of a valley. Last 5km is very narrow road, but possible for campervans.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Adam Hayley

United Kingdom

Ranking: 6/10

One hell of an unsealed road to get to it, the water/river is not as accessible as described/mapped and the millions of crickets everywhere wasn't great. But nice loos and recycling.

Reviewed almost 10 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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Ranking: 8/10

Nice big campground in the forest, be prepared for a windy gravel road to get there.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Jo Meekley

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Camping in the middle of the forest with only a couple of possums for company is something I'll never forget!!!

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Zara Leyden

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Very cheap in great bush. Good swimming holes and walks.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

DOC Managed

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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Cymen Crick

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