Puketi Recreation Area Campsite

Puketi Recreation Area Campsite

Puketi and Omahuta Forests


18 Rankers Reviews

6 Face-to-Face

13 Kerikeri


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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.


  • Puketi Nature Trail closed due to track maintenance

    The Puketi Nature Trail will be closed due to track maintenance from 2 to 8 May 2022.

    Puketi Hut users can access the hut after 5 pm on 2 May 2022.

    Puketi campsite closed on 2 May 2022. 

    First published on 6 April 2022. Last reviewed on 2 May 2022.


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Theresa's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

What a gem! Beautiful spot surrounded by the bush. No road noise, just the sound of trees and birds. There are long drop toilets which aren’t too bad and a cold shower. Nice little kauri tree walk as well.

Reviewed about 1 month ago and experienced in January 2022

Dan's avatar


Ranking: 6/10

Nice location. The little forest walk was nice. Went back at night to find some kiwis. Didn't spot any but heard a few. Toilets were nasty though. Hold your breath!

Reviewed 11 months ago

Shanon's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great Campsite. $8per adult, cold shower available, water supply (must be boiled), long drop. Areas within the trees sectioned off. Walking trails to the forest right next door.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Ranking: 10/10

Very nice. Stayed in Doc cabin. Campsite looked awesome. Would recommend.

Reviewed over 2 years ago and experienced in February 2018

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Adam's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Good spot in amongst the forest with plenty of bush walks. About 2 min drive from the kauri forest walk. Space for at least 20 sites. Shower..very cold shower. Clean drop toilets, dishes washing facility, bush hut for hikers. MIDGIES (sand flies). Went for a night walk to look for kiwis! Heard them calling very close, but couldn’t see them. Found a kauri snail though!

Reviewed over 2 years ago

DT's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Nice place. The toilets are ok, but they are compostable toilets, thats why it was kind of a windy experience. The kauri forest next too the camping is accessible for free and very pretty. The Shower is cold. The price was very good 8 $ each person for one night.

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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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 4 years ago

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Kendra Seamus Matilda and Oskar

New Zealand

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 5 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 about 8 years ago and experienced in February 2014

Philipp's avatar



Ranking: 8/10

Very nice place in the forest, even provided firewood.

Reviewed about 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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