A free, basic campsite with its own hot springs nestled within native bush.
What's the catch?!
We suppose the 1 hour gravel access road would be it - Unsuited to large campervans and caravans.
Relax at the nearby thermal springs or go tramping, fishing, swimming or rafting. Hunt sika and red deer in the park. The river offers rainbow and brown trout.
13 reviews with the most recent first
I definitely recommend this place! Nice space to camp, some tables for picnic, and hot pools! Besides the toilet is quite nice (ample) compering to the typical tiny camping toilets. Just maybe quite crowded in peak seasons.
One of the best spots so far in the North Island. Many New Zealanders. Not many tourists. Nice camp warden. Clean toilet, with the smell of citrus. And beautiful hot pools. To cool down you can climb down to the river and jump in.
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Great spot to relax. I have been coming to this spot for over 15 years and previously you would not find another person at the pools. Now there is always people there and some times very crowded. Tourist and others are leaving large amounts of rubbish there and not cleaning up. Don't waste your time driving over rutted rocky gravel road just to sit in this hot pool.
If how ever you going to actually do some hiking / tramping or hunting / fishing it is a good spot to start from. BUT PICK UP YOUR RUBBISH.
Also have seen a few cars broken into while people sitting in the hot pools and with no cell phone signal you may be stranded if you break down.
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Nice place with natural hot pool! Remember there are more campsites if you go on driving after you see the campsite sign. And more sites within the bushes as well. Bring your own coal for the BBQ. No drinking water or tap water.
One of the best spots for free. Toilet facilities, BBQs views over native bush and the mighty Mohaka and to top it off great maintained easy to access hot pools, also over looking native bush.
Quiet, BBQ, stream, long gravel access.
Good swim, in the wild, good BBQ.
No drinking water access, but completely FREE.
Very good campsite for free with hot pools.
We at Rankers NZ, love to meet travellers on the road and share in some of the freedom. That's why Rankers NZ invites you to come and stay for free at our chill riverside overnight parking area in the Motueka Valley at the top of the South Island.
Tony and Helene
It was awesome to relax in the natural hot springs with a beautiful view of the mountains.
This was an amazing experience. the road to get there is daunting at best but well worth the perseverance. nice and private camping spots and the hot springs were excellent (just like the pic!). the river was the best part and worth the climb down, the most peaceful place on earth. fully recommend this spot!
Franziska & Katrin
Great hot springs! Nice campground!