Waikare River Mouth Campsite

Waikare River Mouth Campsite

Waikare River area


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6 Tutira


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Waikare River Mouth Camping Ground


Stay on the banks of the Waikare River with just a 10 minute walk to the beach. Note the 20 minute drive on a gravel road to access this campground.


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DOC Hawkes Bay

Central government organisation


North IslandHawkes BayTutira


  • Basic Camping
  • Free


Showing 13 reviews of 15.

Barry  Hoskin 's avatar

Barry Hoskin

New Zealand

Ranking: 3/10

The camp needs a good clean up starting with the toilets, the drains need attention, the culvert under the road in is blocked and the road is scouring out.With the drains being blocked the Mosquitoes are breeding in them.The wind blow branches need taking away,over all not a great place to show case our DOC Hawkesbay camp grounds.

Reviewed 6 months ago

Tedy's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Live it! So calm, good toillet, water and sink to wash dishes. U can make nice easy walk to amazing beach. We stayed for two nights and we planed just to stay overnight.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Jo's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

A very awesome place to stay. Two long drop toilets (byo toilet paper as supply isn’t guaranteed), running water. A short walk through farmland to a long pristine beach.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

Ema's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Nice because it was near a river that ended on the ocean, and the view was awesome.
Toilets were a little bit smelly and the road to get there was with gravel. We punch one Tyre :/

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Brian's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

Good spot, pros: good fishing, great ocean beach short walk away, grassy area / cons: small area so can get crowded, a bit trapped by farmland unless you walk on only track thru farmland to beach, worried re quality of water to swim in with it being very green after flowing thru heavily farmed land plus 2 dead sheep in water, beach not suitable for swimming, generator used in private campsite nearby... so okay, but think the paid campsite at wapatiki offers same but so much more especially for kids. Eg cleaner water, better access, lots of walks, swimming beach,,,,

Reviewed over 3 years ago

Florian's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Down a long unpaved road, but we were fine in a van, maybe a bit tricky in a large camper. The site is in a sloped field, but there are a few flat spots to choose from, lots of space though. Decent toilets and a sink washing up area aswell. Very nice walk to the beach nearby which is worth doing!

Reviewed about 4 years ago

Isabel van Megen's avatar

Isabel van Megen


Ranking: 10/10

This is a really great spot and totally secluded. There is no phone reception and it really is an adventurous ride down that road. Would not recommend to drive down or up after/during rainfall as it does get really muddy and slippery but apart from that, it’s fine to drive. The spot is right by the river mouth and it is easy to access a stunning wild and rough beach. There are two rather new dump toilets and fresh water access. The night is absolutely dark down there, so definitely bring headlight or lamp/torch. If Glen is around, say ‘hi’ to him. He’s a legend.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

David Blake's avatar

David Blake

Ranking: 9/10

Great little campsite. The old track to the beach has slipped and been replaced. The shelter in the photo has gone and flash long drop toilets put in. Good in the calm river for children that can swim (it's very deep) and a deserted beach half an hours walk away.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Angela Parody's avatar

Angela Parody

Ranking: 9/10

We loved this campsite. Quite small but we were lucky to get a spot. Nice views and nice walk to the beach. Only say that because its a nice place for canoeing and fishing some cars come and go and it can be a bit noisy. Definitely recommended!😊

Reviewed over 5 years ago

Tatiana Rochereau's avatar

Tatiana Rochereau

Ranking: 7/10

We stayed one night. Really cool. The walkway to the beach was full of mud, be careful! You walk with the cows! The road to the camping area was not so difficult, gravel but you can drive easily. Really good spot to fish. More than 20 cars can be parked. Toilet not so clean. Table was in a dry space.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2015

Eila's avatar



Ranking: 9/10

It's a beautiful place to stay a night. I was there in winter so it was a bit lonely. I guess it's better in summertime.

Reviewed almost 7 years ago

Vincent Rushby's avatar

Vincent Rushby

Ranking: 6/10

Small site and packed when we were there... (mid Jan) Not that attractive and so we went to the lakes nearby. More better!!

Reviewed over 7 years ago

Leith Hayllar's avatar

Leith Hayllar

Ranking: 9/10

Great spot for family with a short walk to a beautiful lagoon and beach with lovely views.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Cymen Crick