Puketi Recreation Area Campsite

Puketi Recreation Area Campsite

Puketi and Omahuta Forests



12 Rankers Reviews

6 Face-to-Face

181 Basic Camping

10 Kerikeri



Puketi Campsite - Puketi Forest


A real nature extravaganza! Camp at the edge of the Puketi Forest and have the chance to look out for kiwi and short-tailed bats, this is a great place to base yourself for day or overnight tramps. You can also mountain bike along the Pirau and Mokau Ridge Roads.

There are several places that you can access the recreational area from. The recommended entry point is from SH10 approximately 600 m north of the Waipapa Township.

Turn left along Pungaere Road past the sign directing you to the Puketi Forest Park. Follow Pungaere Road for approximately 15 kms. Take care as part of the road is gravelled.

At a T-intersection, turn left, follow the road for about 2 km. The entrance of the recreational area will be on your right.

If using alternative routes, refer to local maps as there is no DOC signage at other possible entry points to the Puketi Forest.

The campground is located in the vicinity of the Puketi Forest Hut and Puketi cabins. This campground is accessible to vehicles and you can park next to your campsite.


Feature Value Info


North IslandNorthlandKerikeri


  • Basic Camping





  • Unpowered Campsite

    Approximately 20 campsites. Cold showers. Long drop toilets (there is usually toilet paper available, however it pays to take your own). Cold water tap

    Adult $8/day
    Child $4/day


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Mikayla Candido

Ranking: 8/10

Nice area. Very peaceful. Quite annoying that it is such a good deal for $8 but there is no way to make change if you have $10, $20 notes etc. HAVE CASH ON YOU.
Clean toilets. Nice shower. Good place to wash your dishes. Well maintained camping ground.
No one came to check our ticket or anything - would have preferred to have just waited until someone came around to deposit the money as when you put it in the envelope to be put into the Dropbox, the envelope doesn’t go all the way in.
Not a very good system in that sense.
Otherwise nice place to stay for a couple nights.
Avoid the rooster that wanders at all cost.....

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Kendra Seamus Matilda and Oskar

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Ranking: 9/10

Good basic camping with clean vault toilets and a friendly ranger. Difficult if arriving at night to find a parking spot. We didn't do the walk and there is a lot of development happening in the region.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Lucile Gendre

Ranking: 9/10

The campsite is easy to find. The cold shower and the toilets were clean. There is enough space for approximately 20 vehicles. 45minutes to reach the Bay of Islands.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Sean Stevens

Ranking: 10/10

A drive that requires commitment, best you come from SH10 and turn at Pungaere Road. A gravel road is unavoidable but worth the drive out. New amenities with two pit toilets and cold shower. $6 to stay overnight. Access to forest walks right next to campsite.

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Camille Guevel


Ranking: 10/10

Great walks, good time if you want to be lost in the middle of the nature.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Bernhard Fulterer


Ranking: 8/10

Nice campsite next to a river and also many tracks to the hills.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Philipp's avatar



Ranking: 8/10

Very nice place in the forest, even provided firewood.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Ranking: 8/10

Great DOC campsite, in the beautiful puketi forest. Nice tracks to see Kauri trees. Good facilities (cold showers and basic toilets)
Very good spots to park your campervan or yout tent. Not so far from Pahia

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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