Waiohine Gorge Campsite

Waiohine Gorge Campsite

Tararua Forest Park


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Waiohine campground is surrounded by native bush.


Waiohine Gorge Campground is set in a beautiful bush setting, located above a river junction and next to one of the best accessible swing bridges in New Zealand. Access along a lengthy gravel road that gets quite tight as you get towards the gorge - Something to consider if you have a large vehicle. However, the effort is well rewarded!

The Waiohine Gorge Campsite is still open, however vehicle access to the campsite is prevented by the road being washed away earlier in the year. Vehicles can be parked at the bus turn-around car park about a km from the campsite, so it involves a walk-in to the camp.


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DOC Wairarapa

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North IslandWairarapaCarterton


  • Basic Camping


Monet's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great campsite for bushwalks and swimming down by the river. Can get really busy on long weekends, hard to find a spot if you're not there early. The gravel road before the actual campsite is abit harsh if you're not driving a 4WD. otherwise awesome scenic spot.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Hazel's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

A beautiful campsite which was well maintained. We really enjoyed swimming in the river and the swing bridge was amazing. Some lovely bush walks too. Access is down a narrow, winding gravel road which might be challenging for those with large vehicles or towing.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Christelle Fourie

Ranking: 10/10

The road was fixed and I drove right to my camping area. I loved the river and the swing bridge made my heart pound. The hidden waterfall was real cold but I enjoyed it. The tramping was spectacular. I will go back and take a tube next time. I love the place. They have flush toilets, but you need to bring your water.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Puma17's avatar


United States

Ranking: 6/10

Stayed on jan 1st. Campground is nice but flushing toilet is not working and appeared to not be working for sometime. People were continuing to poo in them and it is piling up. If you are self contained it is best. The river was ver pretty and the bridge fun.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Cymen Crick

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

We spent a night here in late December with not many other people around. The campground sits on a terrace, high above a river junction. A spectacular setting. The highlight is the nearby swingbridge. Our kids loved it and just quietly....I did too. We had to visit it again the next day.
Access isn't easy and we were happy not to meet any other large campervans coming the other way on some parts of the road.

Reviewed over 11 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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