Bucks Road Campsite

Bucks Road Campsite

Tararua Forest Park


23 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

2 Featherston


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Bucks Road Camping Ground


Enjoy the picturesque campsite above the Tauherenikau River amongst regenerating bush. Camp at the roadend or walk approx 150 m along the track to the right of the Gorge to a grassy area amongst trees. Walk the Tauherenikau Gorge track or cool off with a swim in the river. 3km of the access road is gravel.


Feature Value Info


North IslandWairarapaFeatherston


  • Basic Camping
  • Free


Showing 13 reviews of 23.

Ae Marika 's avatar

Ae Marika

Ranking: 10/10

Beautiful spot to stay, bird life all around and the haunting sounds of the native ruru at night was just fantastic. Seemed to be sheltered considering it was very windy in Featherston at the time

Reviewed about 1 month ago

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Jaime and Jon

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely spot with plenty of space and track down to the river. One (ok) long drop toilet, several km of gravel road to entry. Worth a stop to drink your Martinborough spoils!

Reviewed 5 months ago

Pierre's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Rode here with a motorcycle easy going the metal road is not bad. Staying one night, found lots of choices to pitch the tent, not a lot of campers about counter about 5. Best part you have reception, mobile and internet

Reviewed 8 months ago

Lola's avatar


Ranking: 7/10

Lovely area surrounded by gum trees etc. Short walk down to the river, which is a typically pretty Tararua river. Beautiful walk up into the hill (signposted as "Angler's Access"). Couldn't see any campfire pits, despite what DOC website states about lighting campfires, which was disappointing. Sandflies feasted on us despite using repellant. Arggh. Winds got up to severe gusts, as forecasted, so we had to move to a more sheltered area which seemed to have gravel under the turf.... a few tent pegs died that day! Overall 4/10 for comfort, 10/10 for fun.

Reviewed 10 months ago

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Jackue's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Nice quiet spot.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

Hazel's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Great campsite, beautiful location with lots of space. There are steps down to the river which is gorgeous and great for a swim. We did the signposted 'River Access' walk which was beautiful but parts of the track had washed away making it quite a scramble in places! Gaiters would be handy too for the gorse. Definitely recommended though.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Agnieszka's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

It was very cleany and peaceful campsite, very close to river.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

Jo's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Good flat site, long drop toilet. Short walk down to a lovely swimming spot in the river. Bring your own toilet paper. No drinking water on tap. We will come here again.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Sigrid's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

It was very good for one night

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Lucy Winfield

Ranking: 9/10

Winter review: Absolutely worth the gravel road drive! Stunning walking tracks and tucked away from the wind gusts. The gorge below is picturesque (though I may be bias - my fiancé proposed here). Very private in Winter - we were the only ones there. Only improvement is for the drop toilet - not clean at all, but half expected during winter months.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Nancy Grossman

Ranking: 10/10

We showed up at this campsite in the middle of the night, and woke up to paradise. Very quiet campsite. The few campers there when we arrived left the next morning. We stayed on a few hours to enjoy the peace and quiet. Swam in the river below. Only amenities are a pit toilet, but it's free and is really a lovely spot.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Angela Parody

Ranking: 7/10

Not far from Featherston. Weather was not nice when we stayed but river looked good for a swim in a sunny day. Spacious so good to relax in your tent. No picnic areas and basic toilet.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

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Mick Williams

Ranking: 8/10

Ten minutes off the main drag with a bit of gravel to a flat camping area of about an acre of grass with three gravel bays in a regenerating native bush park.
Long drop loo with no toilet paper or water.
Very short walk to a beautiful series of bends in crystal clear water with multiple pebble and gravel banks and swimming hole options.

Reviewed almost 5 years ago

DOC Managed

Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Nick Morrison

Rankers owner