Waikawa Campsite

Otaki

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Diverse vegetation surrounds the campsite. Watch for fantails, tui, bellbird, whitehead, riflemen and kakariki. There are short walks, day trips and tramps nearby

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Email: wellingtonvc@doc.govt.nz

Phone: (04) 384 7770

Phone (intl): +64 4 384 7770

Otaki Address:
North Manakau Road, Tararua Forest Park, Kapiti

23 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 2.

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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Isabel van Megen

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

It is a beautiful spot right within nature. There is plenty of room for vans, tents and larger motorhomes. Only negative is the little dump toilet. It really should be renewed and is just nasty.
Apart from that it is a great spot and a good starting point for some walks and hikes as well

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Amy Lord

Ranking: 5/10

It was near the river but the toilet was horrible! It smelled, didn’t have toilet paper, lots of spiders and only one onsite. The trash was overflowing and the campgrounds smelled. It was worth the price...free!

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Lizzy Cobeldick

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Really pretty area and nice areas to walk around and nice to hear the river. Had a cool shelter with fire pit. Someone had ripped up the grass so was muddy and could not camp in a lot of the grounds and the long drops were pretty gross. We would still stay here again.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in June 2017

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Kirsty Brewin

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Nice little campground amongst the birds and the trees. Drop loo problem seems to have been sorted -it was nice and clean and even had toilet paper. Would happily camp there again.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Sheila Webb

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Fabulous walks in the area.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2017

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Rhea Welsh-Hussain

Ranking: 7/10

Really pretty DOC campground but the drop loo was terrible. There was also a cat (from a caravan) that kept trying to get or food! Also a few sand flies, but the stunning waterhole made up for it all.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Tatiana Rochereau

Ranking: 7/10

DOC basic campsite. Not far from the main road. Easily accessible. So many places. Shelter to cook. Shade. Really cool. Protect and respect nature !

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Loic JOURNET

Ranking: 8/10

Grand espace de verdure proche d'une rivière avec des gouilles pour se baigner

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

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Mabel Vanasperen

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful spot. Several good places hard to find after dark. Very basic facilities but there is a shelter. Excellent place to stay on the way to take the boat in Wellington, but you risk staying too long in the morning.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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CMG

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Great overnight camping/parking. Basic campsite, but pretty, sheltered and quiet. Easy access of the highway.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in April 2015

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Arvid Hellquist

Sweden

Ranking: 7/10

Basic campsite. FREE! Nice river after about ten minutes walk.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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James Webster

Ranking: 5/10

Free campsite but unfortunately not a very nice long drop and badly signed. A good distance down Manukau Road North.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Vojtech Mejzlik

Ranking: 7/10

Nice quiet free camping, very large area, lots of green and trees, 2 dry wc, there's a small bay/pound in bush where you can dip called Swimming hall-5min walk, the place is well maintained.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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23 reviews with the most recent first, showing page 1 of 2.

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 😍

Isabel van Megen's avatar

Isabel van Megen

Germany

Ranking: 7/10

It is a beautiful spot right within nature. There is plenty of room for vans, tents and larger motorhomes. Only negative is the little dump toilet. It really should be renewed and is just nasty.
Apart from that it is a great spot and a good starting point for some walks and hikes as well

Reviewed 9 months ago

Amy Lord's avatar

Amy Lord

Ranking: 5/10

It was near the river but the toilet was horrible! It smelled, didn’t have toilet paper, lots of spiders and only one onsite. The trash was overflowing and the campgrounds smelled. It was worth the price...free!

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Lizzy Cobeldick's avatar

Lizzy Cobeldick

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Really pretty area and nice areas to walk around and nice to hear the river. Had a cool shelter with fire pit. Someone had ripped up the grass so was muddy and could not camp in a lot of the grounds and the long drops were pretty gross. We would still stay here again.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in June 2017

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Kirsty Brewin

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Nice little campground amongst the birds and the trees. Drop loo problem seems to have been sorted -it was nice and clean and even had toilet paper. Would happily camp there again.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Sheila Webb

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Fabulous walks in the area.

Reviewed over 1 year ago and experienced in January 2017

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Rhea Welsh-Hussain

Ranking: 7/10

Really pretty DOC campground but the drop loo was terrible. There was also a cat (from a caravan) that kept trying to get or food! Also a few sand flies, but the stunning waterhole made up for it all.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Tatiana Rochereau's avatar

Tatiana Rochereau

Ranking: 7/10

DOC basic campsite. Not far from the main road. Easily accessible. So many places. Shelter to cook. Shade. Really cool. Protect and respect nature !

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Avoid Camping Fines!

The only camping map where each location is approved by every regional council in NZ. So if it shows on the map, you’re allowed to stay.

The Rankers Camping NZ app, is also in association with…

Loic JOURNET's avatar

Loic JOURNET

Ranking: 8/10

Grand espace de verdure proche d'une rivière avec des gouilles pour se baigner

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in January 2016

Mabel Vanasperen's avatar

Mabel Vanasperen

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful spot. Several good places hard to find after dark. Very basic facilities but there is a shelter. Excellent place to stay on the way to take the boat in Wellington, but you risk staying too long in the morning.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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CMG

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Great overnight camping/parking. Basic campsite, but pretty, sheltered and quiet. Easy access of the highway.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in April 2015

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Every camping site on your iPhone™, iPad™ or Android™ phone or tablet. Avoid camping penalties using this council approved app. Featuring offline maps.

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Arvid Hellquist's avatar

Arvid Hellquist

Sweden

Ranking: 7/10

Basic campsite. FREE! Nice river after about ten minutes walk.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

James Webster's avatar

James Webster

Ranking: 5/10

Free campsite but unfortunately not a very nice long drop and badly signed. A good distance down Manukau Road North.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Vojtech Mejzlik's avatar

Vojtech Mejzlik

Ranking: 7/10

Nice quiet free camping, very large area, lots of green and trees, 2 dry wc, there's a small bay/pound in bush where you can dip called Swimming hall-5min walk, the place is well maintained.

Reviewed almost 4 years ago