Kohaihai Campsite

Kohaihai Campsite

Kahurangi National Park



29 Rankers Reviews

18 Face-to-Face

89 Basic Camping

6 Karamea



Just amazing
Loving life


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





  • Unpowered Campsite

    Number of tent sites - 50.

    Adult $8/day
    Child $4/day


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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 5 months 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 9 months 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 1 year ago

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Laura Meelynn

United States

Ranking: 10/10

BEAUTIFUL end of the road camping right by the beach at the western end of the Heaphy Track. Flush toilets and running water, no showers. Weka are everywhere. Sandflies galore so cover up, maybe even bug net and gloves.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Benedikt Suupt


Ranking: 10/10

You are all alone, nobody is around you.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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deborah cooper


Ranking: 8/10

We went way out of our way to stay here. Unfortunately the best spots were closed as they were clearing the trees. Beautiful spot, but hard to enjoy because of the sandflies, even though we were well prepared for them. There are two very mountainous hills to travel to get here. Views were amazing on the drive.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Alex Lello

Ranking: 7/10

Fantastic location by river mouth and beach. Great sunset and track to camp site good. Clean loos and lots of BBQ spots. SANDFLIES GALORE!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Megan Jurgensmeyer

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful campsite! We were able to drive our van onto the beach and had an amazing stay!!

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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