Kakaho Campsite

Kakaho Campsite

Pureora Forest Park


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Kakaho Camping Ground


Kakaho Camping Ground is a large camp site on the Taupo side of the Pureora Forest Park, nestled right next a beautiful stream and lush podocarp forest. A good base to access walks to the top of Mt Pureora and Mt Titiraupenga.


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DOC Waikato

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  • Basic Camping


Leet's avatar


Ranking: 5/10

Winter review:
We booked via the Docs site for this spot on a Saturday night.
Due to torrential rains the days before, the few kilometers of gravel road to the large but uneven grass site (which was a short steep descent into) was riddled with water filled pot holes.
Upon arrival at dusk, there were some locals in 4WD getting set up for a night- sawing branches for a bonfire and giving off an unwelcoming air.
We decided to leave them to their peace and headed back out (after a quick use of the basic drop toilet) as we were also worried a bit of rain may find us bogged there.
A shame we couldn’t experience the nice things other reviewers said about it.. could have just been our bad luck

Reviewed 28 days ago

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Mike Howe

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

The roads a bit rough to get to this site. A few kilometres with deep pot holes that can't really be avoided.

Once there you'll forget the road. Several nice flat grassy spaces surrounded by bush, rocky crags and a small river.

The walk to the river blessed us with a whio sighting. It spied us quickly and silently flew further downstream.

Although there's a fee for the stay its hard to pay when the fee lock-box has been vandalised and gone.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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Antoinette's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Large camp sites with fire pits. Make sure you camp on the sites that do not get the western sun as they are very hot in the afternoon. Not much to do for kids. Great to just relax.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Rochelle Carr

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Day or two after NY. About 5km off main road, of that approx 2km easy gravel.
Booked the day before and it said only 2 spaces available but the campground was not packed so easy to get a spot. Grassy places to park, tent, etc. Some big trees for shade in certain parts of the grounds. Several sites had open fires. River/stream was wonderfully cold, not deep, but enough for a good dip. I didn't explore much more of the water, didn't seem like the river for a deep swimming hole.
Very pleasant, long drop toilets seemed fine, needed own loo paper, people appeared respectful and quiet. Decent vibe.

Reviewed 7 months ago

Moritz's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Very nice little campsite by a wonderful little stream, toilets are clean and there's very few other campers out there. The fireplaces are alright, the stream supplies clear water great for washing up or even drinking. Payment box is destroyed at the moment so you have to contact someone for payment.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Bex's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Sweet little camping spot, nice water in the stream, clean long drop, plenty of space, great little fire pits, nice swimming and bush walks. So enjoyed this awesome little spot. Some retarded thieves have taken all the picnic tables though.....

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Emily's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Lovely, natural and very peaceful campsite that is easy to find. We arrived on a Saturday night and there was only 2 other camps there - the area is spacious and has naturally divided areas for privacy. There is a lovely, clean stream that is nice for a dip in hot weather. The drop toilet is also well maintained. The sun drops behind the hill early evening in summer, so the campsite is shaded.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Nigel Shaw

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

This is a great place to camp in the Pureora Forest, have been going there on and off for the past 30 years. There are 3 campsites that make up this camping ground, and have fire places, longdrop toilets, there are no showers, but a nice stream beside the camp ground for water supply or bathing. Nice to see and hear the native birds during the day and Moreporks at night. A good bush walk called the Rimu Walk well worth doing, only takes about 30 mins, also further up the road from the camp is a walk to the "centre of the north island" http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM6BD1_Centre_of_the_North_Island_New_Zealand........
Back to nature campsite.

Reviewed over 9 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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