Kiriwhakapapa Campsite

Kiriwhakapapa Campsite




12 Rankers Reviews

5 Face-to-Face

72 Basic Camping

7 Masterton



Kiriwhakapapa Camping Ground - Tararua Forest Park
Camping within native bush, next to a stream


This is a lovely family campsite beside a creek. Choose from a variety of nearby walks. Access road is unsealed for the final 5km.


Feature Value Info


North IslandWairarapaMasterton


  • Basic Camping





  • Unpowered Campsite

    Number of tent sites - 30.

    Adult $8/day
    Child $4/day


Showing 8 reviews of 12.

Di & Rob 's avatar

Di & Rob

Ranking: 9/10

We didn't stay overnight but we parked up here to walk up to Blue Range Hut. We loved the spot and will be back to stay another time. We can imagine it's idyllic in summer with the stream, the bush and the walk options. Nice sheltered table and the toilets were clean. A narrow gravel road to get there but this was in good repair.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Conservation Campsite Pass

Save up to 70% on campsite fees! Support conservation and experience the natural beauty of NZ. 79 Department of Conservation campsites, one convenient pass.

Get the Pass

Boguslaw MAKIELLO's avatar


New Caledonia

Ranking: 10/10

I have hesitated before writing a review...
This place is just PERFECT if you love wild and quiet places.
Toilets, a shelter to cook and eat.
Birds everywhere, nice little walk through an incredible redwood forest. This is the beginning of some very long walks too.
No road sign on the main road. Just turn on the Kiriwhakapapa road (gravel, but ok). Rabbits on the road, be careful.
I wrote that I have hesitated before writing a review because this place is a forgotten paradise, and if tons of campervans go there it won't be a paradise anymore :)

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Top Ranked NZ Deals Pass

Access savings worth hundreds of $$ on Top Ranked NZ Accommodation and Activities for just $1 per day.

Get deals pass

Angela Parody's avatar

Angela Parody

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful camping place. Shelter to cook, good toilets, relaxing river and birds... Spacious to set the tent.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Graeme Knox's avatar

Graeme Knox

New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

It's a nice place but the constant wind just made it unpleasant.

Reviewed over 3 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…

Caitlin Hocken's avatar

Caitlin Hocken

Ranking: 9/10

Absolutely stunning spot. Peaceful tranquility. Fall asleep to the sound of the gently babbling stream and wake up to the call of birdsong. Lovely short walk around the loop track. Decent flushing loos and plenty of space. Loved it.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Brodie Webster's avatar

Brodie Webster

Ranking: 7/10

Quiet campground with good toilets next to a creek, got very windy as it's a valley, wind and rain made it hard to do anything! When it calmed there was nice walk through the redwood forest.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Camping NZ App Icon

Camping NZ App

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

Download from the App Store Download Android app on Google Play

Lea Karl's avatar

Lea Karl


Ranking: 7/10

Great walking track, but no water supply.

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in December 2014

Jack Clise's avatar

Jack Clise

Ranking: 9/10

Beautiful campsite at the end of a 10 km road, half of which is gravel. Only one other camper there. Good toilets and running water right by a pristine stream. Great little tracks. Went up to the Blue Ridge Hut and it was straight up 3+ km. Rewarding views and good for the appetite! Only negative was the wind. Don't know if this is common but it howled all night when we were there December 4, 2014.

Reviewed over 4 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 😍

Nick Morrison's avatar

Nick Morrison

Rankers owner

Love Christchurch