Kohaihai Campsite

Kohaihai Campsite

Kahurangi National Park


31 Rankers Reviews

18 Face-to-Face

7 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


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NoFearNomads's avatar


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 12 months 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 about 1 year 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 1 year 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 about 2 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 almost 3 years 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 about 3 years ago

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Benedikt Suupt


Ranking: 10/10

You are all alone, nobody is around you.

Reviewed over 3 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 almost 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 😍

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Nick Morrison

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