Bucks Road Campsite

Bucks Road Campsite

Tararua Forest Park



15 Rankers Reviews

2 Face-to-Face

197 Basic Camping

2 Featherston



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





  • Unpowered Campsite

    Number of tent sites - 25.


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Sigrid's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

It was very good for one night

Reviewed 3 months 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 about 2 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 2 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 over 2 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 3 years ago

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Marcia Becker

Ranking: 10/10

Very nice spot, awesome river, we took a bath and the camping ground is very quiet and clean;)

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Chloe Grand

Ranking: 8/10

A good, free location to stop on the way to/from Cape Palliser. Down the steps, the river is pretty, and many locals come during the day for a swim. At night time, the place is dark and quiet, it can get chilly because it is clustered in a valley. One long drop toilet, no paper or sanitizer. Make sure you bring water with you. Enjoy!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Georg Meyer

Ranking: 9/10

Awesome place beside the mountains, great river to have a cold, but clear water bath in. Sit beside the river at sunlight in a camping chair and read a book, while listening to the water. Really lovely place!

Reviewed almost 4 years ago

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Melissa Higgins

Ranking: 9/10

I stayed here in winter. There was one other camper when I was there. It was a very quiet, pleasant stay. Very nice location with the river so close by.

Reviewed about 4 years ago

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Daniela Eberts

Ranking: 7/10

Really nice spot, surrounded by hills and a forrest. Not many people here, so nice and quiet. Close to the river and there is a toilet.

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Emeline Brocard


Ranking: 8/10

Free, nice walk to the river, night wildlife (possum etc).

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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arnaud paquet


Ranking: 8/10

Free spot, a few km away from the main road (3km of gravel road), with basic toilets. Not a lot of space but there is an access to the river, which makes a kind of pool. Just for one night, no need to stay there anymore.

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in December 2013

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Mike and Caroline

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Standard DOC campsite. Lower score because of the slightly long gravel road that takes you there (quite bumpy). Long drop toilet, no toilet paper when we went so watch out! A lot of dense bush around and right by the river.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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