Bucks Road Campsite

Bucks Road Campsite

Tararua Forest Park


28 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


DOC Wairarapa

Central government organisation


North IslandWairarapaFeatherston


  • Basic Camping
  • Free


Showing 13 reviews of 28.

Sam and Emma's avatar

Sam and Emma

Ranking: 8/10

Basic longdrop toilet. Awesome river, steep steps to get to and from. Big grassy area at the end of road, with smaller grassy areas on the side leading up to it and offering more private spots. Long gravel and skinny road to get there.

Reviewed 5 months ago

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New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Beautiful location, best swimming hole ever and loads of birds. Sadly our stay was ruined by a large group of drunken youths driving dangerously around throughout the day and night. Several resident housebus owners have unleashed dogs roaming round crapping everywhere.

Reviewed 6 months ago

George's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Lovely, secluded campsite with beautiful views and decent parking. Minimal cell signal and remember to bring toilet paper and bug repellent.

Reviewed 6 months ago

Rach's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Nice campsite with plenty of spaces, and was quiet and peaceful. Long drop was not in the best condition but not bad, remember your own toilet paper. Great access down a little hill to a beautiful part of the river. Amazing for swims. Lots of mosquitoes though so load up on repellant. No water taps that we could see

Reviewed 7 months ago

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James's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Very clean area and beautiful spot. Would definitely recommend if you're down south Wairarapa.
Only negative would be the long drop toilet but if you're ok with that it's a no brainer!

Reviewed 7 months ago

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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 11 months 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 about 1 year 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 over 1 year ago

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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 over 1 year ago

Jackue's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Nice quiet spot.

Reviewed about 2 years 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 over 2 years ago

Agnieszka's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

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

Reviewed over 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 over 2 years ago

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