Catchpool Valley Campsite

Catchpool Valley Campsite - Rimutaka Forest Park

Catchpool Valley Campsite

Rimutaka Forest Park


15 Rankers Reviews

7 Face-to-Face

13 Hutt Valley


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Catchpool Camping Ground


This is a scenic campsite in the Wellington region. Camp beside Catchpool Stream close to walks in the Orongorongo Valley.

Seasonal restrictions:
The gate to Catchpool valley is open during summer daylight savings 6 am – 8 pm and in winter 6 am – 6 pm.

Bookings are open for stays from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.
A $10 service fee applies to all phone, email and in-person bookings.
Your booking will be for a site, which will be allocated or selected on arrival.

Bookings are available for three zones (19 sites).

Titoki zone

Type: Tent site only
Cars: No
Campervans: No
Number of sites (max): 3
Number of people (max): 15 (5 per site)
Maire zone

Type: Tent site
Cars: Access in summer by arrangement only, via combination lock on chain
Campervans: No
Number of sites: 12
Number of people (max): 60 (5 per site)
Totara zone

Type: Campervan site
Cars: Yes
Campervans: Yes
Number of sites: 4
Number of people (max): 32 (8 per site)



Feature Value Info


DOC Wellington/Kapiti

Central government organisation


North IslandWellington RegionHutt Valley


  • Basic Camping

Operating Season And Hours

Bookings are open for stays from 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.

The gate to Catchpool valley is open during summer daylight savings 6 am – 8 pm and in winter 6 am – 6 pm.


Showing 13 reviews of 15.

Kate's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Drove out of Wellington city for an overnight trip, and were happy to find heaps of space available on a Saturday afternoon. Great amenities. The wind was hectic overnight, and there were loud vehicles speeding along the road nearby, which made sleeping in the tent difficult.

Good spot for dogs, lots of space for them. We were cautious about the river and avoided letting out dog in water near anything algae-esque.

Reviewed 5 months ago

Bonbons's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Took our caravan, three kids and the dog- all enjoyed the stay.
Really quite spot. It's a small camp ground with lots of nooks to set up site in. Beautiful bush surrounding. The river had a lot of algae so needed to find safe area for the dog. Kids enjoyed the river - shallow spots for wading. Lots of Great walks near by.
Facilities are adequate. Didnt try the shower. Toilets fine. Open kitchen block with herb garden - nice touch.
We really enjoyed it. Would return.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Mario Schaeffer


Ranking: 8/10

Nice DOC campsite, neat cooking facilities.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Haley Everitt

Ranking: 4/10

There was little to no water pressure in the showers and I'd barely even call it warm. Also, it was SO windy that we got barely any sleep because we thought our car was going to blow away!

Reviewed about 5 years ago

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Paul Smith

Ranking: 9/10

Large DOC site with lots of concealed pitches. Hot showers and flush toilets. Lovely bushwalking from the site. Close to Wellington but peaceful and quiet.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Christy Stead

Ranking: 10/10

Perfect campground - plenty of space with nooks so you can claim your own wee patch, nice vibe, pet friendly, a wee river right there and swimming hole a few minutes walk away. Hot shower (free, unmetered), plenty of toilets and a kitchen block with free BBQ's (no hot water), recycling and rubbish. Would be a hard job to beat it!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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tim winders

United States

Ranking: 7/10

Beautiful valley with nice campground. Facilities are dated but ok. Nice hikes in the area.

Really dark in the area so the stars on a clear night are fantastic.

One challenge for us was that the campground is a bit out of the way. It is not going to/from anything else. But the price is great.

Reviewed about 8 years ago

Sarah's avatar



Ranking: 7/10

Very good DOC campsite, cold shower was good.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Brenda Wallace

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

gates close at dusk -- this ensures there's no cars driving around in evening or early morning, makes it safer for small kids.

Reviewed over 8 years ago

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Emmanuel Tedeschi


Ranking: 7/10

Nice spot with a lot of walks in the forest - hot shower - not too expensive - not so easily accessible.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Andreas Garbin


Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful location, well maintained, perfectly clean, recycling possibilities.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Tobias Kruger


Ranking: 10/10

$10 per night. Warm shower, neat area and good cooking facilities.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

Andy's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful huge campsite with hot shower and well prepared walks. Perfect for a few days before picking the ferry from Wellington to Picton.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Cymen Crick

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