Holdsworth Campsite

Holdsworth Campsite



12 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

6 Masterton


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Holdsworth Camping Ground - Tararua Forest Park


A large campground at the end of a 15km sealed road. Lots of things to do including walks and river fishing / swimming.


Feature Value Info


DOC Wairarapa

Central government organisation


North IslandWairarapaMasterton


  • Basic Camping


Leet's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Winter Review:
There’s something about a place that feels like it is loved and well cared for. It’s in the smalll touches
Clean flush toilets with hooks installed to hang your belongings, benches under shelter, easy payment at steel ranger at entrance.
Even on the most wet day in July where we were the only campervan on site (after an easy access on 15km of sealed roads), the campsite had a warm feel.
The start of many incredible looking trails, were we on a hiking trip & rain wasn’t so torrential we definitely would have loved it as a base to explore surrounding trails.

Reviewed 20 days ago

Rach's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Very large site with plenty of space even in the middle of the summer break. Long drop toilets are alright, and had toilet paper. Taps for water, but it advised to boil before consuming. Great spot for swimming in the river, and lots of walks and tramps to do with various levels of difficulty. Our site got a little bit windy, but we weren’t in a particularly sheltered spot. Friendly people, we paid $8 per adult per night, and you can either pay exact cash into a drop box or visit the ranger and pay via card. We’ll definitely be back.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Elise and Alastair

Ranking: 10/10

A simply fabulous camp area. Lots of space private campsites, fires allowed with permit. Note there are more than two flush toilets we know of at least five with other long drops. There are great shelters, really good walks. Best of all Eric the caretaker/ranger hard-working, very friendly and helpful.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Van of Green Fables

Ranking: 10/10

Is Epic too strong of a word?Nah, this DOC campsite is Epic. How a campsite can be so large yet feel secluded I an unsure. There is vast amounts of grass campsites and several tucked away corners that offer privacy and wind protection. Only three flush toilets for a site this big is not enough, but there is a fresh water supply with taps throughout the camp. The real gems are the incredible bush walks suitable for a range of fitnesses; you can literally climb a 1700m mountain from here. Plus, and it is a big plus, there a several wild swimming spots to discover for those hot summer days. Epic.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Don Strachan

Ranking: 8/10

Great spot. Good shelter from NW or W weather if you get in early and tuck in on the left. Bit of hike to find the loo but maybe that's just me. Sun takes a long time to come up over the hills if need to dry out after a wet night.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Nadja Kampfhenkel


Ranking: 10/10

Awesome place to stay with heaps of campsites and lots to do in the area. There are two flushing toilets and a couple of longdrops. No showers on site. But we were able to have a campfire with a permit. Very friendly campsite warden as well.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Lukas Kuratko

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome place for stay overnight. Clean facilities, shelters, drinking water, nice hikes around and very friendly and helpful ranger. Recycle bins on site.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Anthony Baker

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful well maintained campground surrounded by mountains and a range of well kept and pleasant walks. Caretaker was really friendly. Toilet blocks, drinking water and sheltered table areas provided.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Allan MacGibbon

Ranking: 9/10

Outstanding facility. Great caretaker and well kept. Plenty of walks and trout in the stream. Well worth a day or two. Good access in with a sealed road all the way. Narrow in parts but no issues. Well done DoC.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Ranking: 9/10

Excellent large campsite at the base of Tararua Forest Park - nice river and plenty of tracks to walk. Surrounded by mature bush

Reviewed almost 7 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Mike & Suzann

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely location, all ammenities (hot showers, BBQ etc) really peaceful.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Isabel & Tillmann


Ranking: 9/10

Big, beautiful campground, did some nice walks there.

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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