Kōhaihai Campsite

Kōhaihai Campsite

Kahurangi National Park


34 Rankers Reviews

18 Face-to-Face

9 Karamea


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This place is amazing! The large campsite is situated at the start of the Heaphy Track at the Kohaihai River mouth. It is a sheltered site surrounded by native west coast bush - heaps of nikau palms.

The campsite has BBQ and picnic areas and allows dogs as long as they are kept under control at all times (they are not allowed on the Heaphy Track).

Other than a multi-day mission along the Heaphy, there are loads of other shorter walks to do in the area as well as white water kayaking, wind surfing and safe swimming in the river or at Scotts Beach.

You can only stay here for maximum 2 nights in a row.


Feature Value Info


South IslandWest CoastKaramea


  • Basic Camping


Showing 8 reviews of 34.

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The Gillies

Ranking: 10/10

This was a fantastic spot. Beautiful, quiet, clean toilets. A lot of sand flies. Beautiful beach, too rough to swim. We walked for a day on the Heaphy track which was well worthwhile.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Gavin G

Ranking: 5/10

The sandflies drove us crazy even though we had drowned ourselves with bug spray, packed up after only one night. Campgrounds were fullish with lovely background settings.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Pablo Boris

Ranking: 7/10

Nice spot to do the hike tracks, bathrooms ok. Near 2 kmts of gravel road to get there, cash only in the trust box, 8pp, Jan 2021.
Windy open spots, means less sandflies, spots between the bush=Sandflies attack.
Sorry, but Sandflies level:9. One night there is ok, REPELLENT is a Must.

Reviewed 9 months ago

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Ranking: 7/10

Nice campground, bathrooms were ok at best but the sand fly’s drove up away after 10 minutes. We ended up driving back into Karamea and stayed the night there.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Michael Morgan

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

This is by far the best campsite I have ever been too. Stunning location, amazing flora and fauna. Beach cannot be swam at, however the lagoon is a great swim; deep enough at high tide for diving too! There are a lot of weka, so drive cautiously and keep your food and rubbish in secure locations! Toilets are clean and tidy. No potable water, but a spring can be tapped at low tide at drinkers caution. Lots to do, lovely nature walks and Scott’s beach is only 30m away. Will come back again, this campsite is a literal paradise!

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Kel's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

What a truly great spot. Well done DOC. It is a long drive but worth it

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Ranking: 9/10

Great location. So peaceful and chilled. Basic facilities but low costs. Lots of sand flys so remember repellent!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Rachel Mudge

Ranking: 6/10

Nice setting. Not many tent sites...better sites for camper vans. Sand flies were the worst we experienced... the walks were beautiful !

Reviewed over 3 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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Nick Morrison

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