Putangirua Pinnacles Campsite

Putangirua Pinnacles Campsite

Cape Palliser, Aorangi Forest Park



18 Rankers Reviews

3 Face-to-Face

193 Basic Camping

4 Ngawi



Putangirua Pinnacles Camping Ground


Camp over the road from the beach, under the watchful eye of the Putangirua Pinnacles. An unforgettable place to spend the night.


Feature Value Info


North IslandWairarapaNgawi


  • Basic Camping





  • Unpowered Campsite

    Number of tent sites - 50

    Adult $8/day
    Child $4/day


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Paul Smith

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Brilliant for the Pinnacles walk. Plenty of room. Sky full of stars at night. Peaceful

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Henk Sjon


Ranking: 7/10

Our first campsite in N-Z, it was a good start. Campsite has basic toilet, seals nearby and you can clim the lighthouse a bit further down the road.
The sites itself are partly sheltered, partly on a field so choice for everbody.

Reviewed 7 months ago and experienced in November 2018

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Mike Fricker

Ranking: 9/10

39Sept18. Great DoC site. Plenty of room although not all perfectly level.
2 flushing loos with basins but no handwash or drying.
Perfect location for the pinnacles.
We went to Cape Palliser lighthouse and stopped here to go to the pinnacles the next day

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Mike Fricker

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

DoC Park. $12 for the 2 of us on 30Sept18. Not many there, only us, 1 car slept in and a few tents. Quiet. Flush toilets with ok paper, grotty basin with no soap or drying gear. Quite happy with it and, of course, right next to the walks to the pinnacles!

Reviewed 12 months ago

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Di & Rob

Ranking: 10/10

Wow! What a site. A perfect place for overnight. We arrived just before sunset and watched this on the beach and then found lovely spot for the campervan. Loved the stars as we walked to the clean toilets. Walked up the river stream to the pinnacles and returned via the lookout and then walked the ridge to complete the loop back to the camping area. Simply stunning. No drinking water but plenty of spots for a fire if you wanted one.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Nicole Smith

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely location to explore pinnacles. Basic but clean facilities, perfect if you're self contained. Drive into main campsite, don't stop at carpark next to road like we did when arriving late as it was super dusty.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Annina Jarvinen

Ranking: 6/10

The walk up to the Pinnacles is nice. Blows like heaps on the campground. Our tent almost left us hanging there. No drinking water and nowhere to do dishes except the river. Very bad toilets.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Blu Ice

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Incredible place but very basic DOC campground. Take your own water or you will be getting it from the stream or toilet basin. The campsite, walked to the pinnacles and the coastline is well worth expLoring over a couple of days. It's well worth staying at.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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