Clements Clearing Campsite

Clements Clearing Campsite

Kaimanawa Forest Park


8 Rankers Reviews

3 Face-to-Face

13 Turangi


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Clements Clearing Camping Ground


Clements Clearing is a large camping ground right at the base of the Kaimanawa Ranges and a great place from where to go on a hunting or tramping mission.


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DOC Central North Island

Central government organisation


North IslandTaupo RegionTurangi


  • Basic Camping
  • Free


Chloe's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Perfect for self contained vehicles. Quite remote, we too had our doubts that it existed but follow the road until you see it in your right. Took about half an hour from the turn off. There was no one there when we visited in July. Could hear the Kiwi’s at night which was awesome.

Reviewed 25 days ago

James's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Well, the location on this app (as at 4th Jan 2022) is not correct. [EDIT 15-01-22 Location now correct!]
You need to continue about 10km from the Sika Lodge down Clements road before you find the clearing.
Glad we found it but took us a fair bit of driving.
Once you're there, there's plenty space, but no water and a long drop toilet (has to be expected)
You'll be well off grid as you won't get any phone signal until you're back out on SH5.
Otherwise pleasant, would go again just for that 'get away from it all' experience.

Reviewed 7 months ago

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Cassie's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

This place is SUPER rustic but amazing. A friend and I did a camping road trip around North Island and this place sticks out in my mind as one of the highlights. The toilet was wasp infested but we made do. There is no water but little fireplaces and it is VERY quiet and other campers are extremely nice. I WANT to go back again. My friend and I had some wine and cheese and relaxed in nature on our chairs and had a good experience. We brought everything we could have wanted with us. The road is riddled with pot holes and there’s no good signage but you know you’ve found it when you stumble upon it.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago and experienced in February 2019

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Thomas Moller

Ranking: 8/10

It's a beautiful place within a great forest. If you want be isolated from the rest of civilisation it's the perfect place.

- there is no signposted from DOC
- one huge area and a lot of small isolated areas
- aproximate 15km from start of clements road gravel part or 30min
- we can't find water supply
- 1 toilet
- a lot of fire pits
- could see 3 picnic bench

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Connie mcarthur

New Zealand

Ranking: 1/10

Really long and windy one track gravel road before you get to this camp - looked quite scary - old caravans etc think it is for hunters - would not recommend this site.

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Katie Fleck

United Kingdom

Ranking: 1/10

Long drive on rocky single track road. Extra dark, covered by trees. Not a great atmosphere, unpleasant toilet.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Anton Thisted


Ranking: 5/10

Long, windy gravel road to it, not really scenic, no water to be had.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

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Kevin Blom


Ranking: 7/10

To get there you have to drive further on the gravel road than you think but then you get there. Large campsite, two toilets (clean) nice spot,

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in November 2012

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